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The finances of a bare-bones developer 17
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
A look inside a small studio's works: "I think our model is valuable because it allowed us not to compromise our vision, even though our vision does not resonate with a particularly large audience."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC board members share advice for pitching a GDC 2015 talk  
by GDC Staff [08.21.14]
The GDC 2015 call for submissions closes next Thursday, August 28th, and to help you better prepare we've got some advice on pitching talks from a few members of the GDC advisory board.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Kickstarter postmortem: Last Life, a Double Fine Presents project  
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"Preparation -- and luck -- are keys to achieving success on Kickstarter. But equally important is the community of friends, family, mentors, colleagues, and backers who support you along the way and carry you to the finish."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Indies, be aggressive!: A tip from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [08.21.14]
In this edition, game developer (and former Game Developer magazine EIC) Brandon Sheffield of Necrosoft Games offers some advice for indies: Be aggressive!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, annual Career Guide

How do you reinvent Call of Duty all over again? Exclusive 7
by Mike Rose [08.21.14]
With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games is not only looking to reinvent the franchise -- it's also the studio's very first go at building its own Call of Duty.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Paying to win: A case study 27
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"If I spent $100 on in-game currency, how far would my money go? Was it enough to ascend to the highest levels of that week’s PvP tournament leaderboard?" One developer finds out.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Electronic Arts wrapping up the EA Sports Season Ticket service  
by Mike Rose [08.21.14]
Electronic Arts will wrap up its EA Sports Season Ticket subscription service soon, as the company does not plan to provide these services for the new generation of consoles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile phone history: The Nokia 3210  
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"The word ‘iconic’ is overused... I can only start sketching out here why the 3210 is a powerful image, and what it might represent."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, History

Inspiration over manipulation: Why player loyalty matters 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"Turning someone who pays $0.25 for a finished product to someone who pledges $100 on Kickstarter for your idea is long process of giving, giving and giving until it hurts."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Ammo Collection in Wolfenstein: The New Order Exclusive 11
by Jerk Gustafsson [08.21.14]
MachineGames' Jerk Gustafsson writes about a very specific game design decision in Wolfenstein: The New Order, as part of a new Gamasutra series.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Oculus added to Facebook's bug bounty program  
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Facebook pays people bounties to report bugs with the site -- and has now added Oculus, which it acquired in March -- to the program.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Cloud Imperium Games is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [08.20.14]
One of the studios behind Chris Roberts' Star Citizen is hiring a gameplay programmer to work on the massively crowdfunded title.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Seattle's pop culture museum plans to open an indie game exhibit  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
The EMP Museum's Indie Game Revolution exhibit seeks to tell the stories of contemporary indie games and indie creators from around the world through interactive installations and game demo stations.
Indie, Art

Video: Facing the challenges of making games for new audiences  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Veteran designer Kellee Santiago speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about the elation -- and terror -- that comes when you try to make a new kind of game for a new audience, and how you can tackle it head-on.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC Europe

Pixel Miner explores the constraints of the Pebble smartwatch Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Admittedly, I find myself glued to a screen most weekends, playing whatever takes my fancy at the time. Last weekend, the screen was a little smaller than normal.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Satirizing game development proves therapeutic for ex-AAA indies 2
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
Speaking to Polygon, game industry veteran Jordan Thomas shares some interesting insight into his work at Irrational directing Bioshock 2 and the genesis of his debut indie title The Magic Circle.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Download the 2014 Game Career Guide now! Exclusive  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Looking to advance your career in the video game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide is out now, and will help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Student/Education, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: BlitWorks reveals how it ports games like Fez Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
We catch up with one of the cofounders of BlitWorks, the port house responsible for the PSN versions of Spelunky, Fez and Jet Set Radio, to learn more about how the company does business.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

GDC Next wants to know how you promote your games  
by GDC Staff [08.20.14]
To better understand the industry before GDC Next 2014, conference officials are polling developers for their opinions on game marketing -- and giving away aGDC 2015 All Access Pass to one lucky participant.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

'Fail early'? It doesn't work in game dev 30
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
A veteran developer shares his take on the "fail early" mantra: "I have nothing but bad experiences when game companies talk about the importance of failing early."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production