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Q&A: When toy cars are infused with traditional game design Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [11.18.14]
Earlier this year, robotics company Anki hired Joby Otero, a 23 year video game industry veteran, to help spearhead its Anki Drive project. I spoke with Otero about the design behind Anki Drive, and where he plans to take it now that he's onboard.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Bayonetta to Beyonce and from Shakespeare to Twine Games  
by Kris Ligman [11.17.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging intersections of Shakespeare and gameplay to the pop musicality of Bayonetta 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

'You can't get caught up in making games for yourself' 20
by Christian Nutt [11.17.14]
Enix America existed in the NES and SNES eras before shutting down. Producer Robert Jerauld talks lessons and history in a new interview -- and spills the beans on a Dragon Quest localization that wasn't.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, History

PlayStation boss: 'We coexist' with the industry... as Microsoft lags behind 21
by Christian Nutt [11.17.14]
"We coexist. The world is a big place. We totally accept that, even if youíre a hardcore PlayStation gamer, you may wish to have different gaming experiences in different settings. Thatís completely reasonable."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Solving the time travel paradox for Super Time Force  
by Staff [11.17.14]
This GDC 2014 talk offers us a first-hand look into how Capy Games' Super Time Force uses concepts from quantum mechanics to tackle the video game time paradox problem.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Insomniac seeks an experienced Engine Programmer  
by Staff [11.17.14]
The house that built Sunset Overdrive and the Ratchet & Clank games is looking to hire a senior engine programmer to work on Xbox One projects in the studio's Burbank, CA office.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Warren Spector interviews Sid Meier about game design Exclusive 1
by Staff [11.17.14]
In this classic interview from the February 2002 issue of Game Developer magazine, one renowned game designer interviewed another to talk a bit about the creative and practical aspects of game design.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Blog: From never coding to making a game in Unreal Engine 4 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.17.14]
"It took me 5 months to go from ZERO to ONE! 5 Months ago I decided to dive deep into game development. Something deep down was telling me I needed to understand all facets of game development."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Finnish mobile studio Seriously nets another $5M in investment  
by Alex Wawro [11.17.14]
Finnish casual games startup Seriously has launched its first game and completed a second round of fundraising from extant investors that brings its total to $10 million as it moves to expand.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Swedish accelerator aims to send indies to game dev summer camp 1
by Alex Wawro [11.17.14]
Swedish industry vets have teamed up to launch Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program that aims to host 20 developers in a cabin in the Swedish hinterlands for two months to make their games.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Development realities of 'games as a service' revealed at GDC 1
by Staff [11.17.14]
The vague notion of "games as a service" is gaining traction in the industry; MunkyFun's Bethany Frank explains what LiveOps is and how developers use it to make better games at GDC 2015.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, GDC

Blog: Taking a critical look back at Super Mario World 9
by Gamasutra Community [11.17.14]
"Most of all, Iím not enthusiastic about World because I donít think its level design matches the level of quality seen in the NES trio. For me, this lack is mostly a result of the newer mechanics it ignores."
Console/PC, Design

Add MMO support to your game in a few easy steps, the Goat Simulator way 4
by Mike Rose [11.17.14]
Goat Simulator company Coffee Stain Studios put much of the game industry to shame today, showing just how easy it is to turn your serious action game into a fully-fledged MMO.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

The key to crowdfunding success: Think about your backers 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.17.14]
How a tiny team made $60,000: "Run a good and fun campaign. Do your very best, communicate constantly, and be honest. People notice this, and it's important."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Snail Games hit with race discrimination lawsuit 4
by Mike Rose [11.17.14]
A former director at the U.S. branch of Chinese company Snail Games has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging unlawful dismissal due to "race discrimination."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo doesn't simply want the same games as every other system 21
by Mike Rose [11.17.14]
"What the other companies are doing makes business sense. But it's boring." - Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto goes some way to explaining why you shouldn't expect so many third-party titles on Nintendo platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Embrace the apocalypse: Why competitive endgames and server resets make sense 11
by Gamasutra Community [11.17.14]
"When I was first confronted by the idea of a server-ending apocalyptic endgame, I was sad about losing all the stuff I worked so hard to build. But then I figured nothing lasts forever."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Iron Galaxy's lessons learned on the path to Killer Instinct Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [11.17.14]
Iron Galaxy chief Dave Lang speaks to how his studio took over Killer Instinct and what he's learned in the tricky process of growing from a tech contractor to a developer of original games.
Console/PC, Production, Exclusive

'Should you charge for new content, or give it to your audience for free?' 11
by Christian Nutt [11.14.14]
This week, Monument Valley updated with paid DLC -- and a portion of its users revolted. Can you charge for content? Should you? We ask devs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Analyst: Console titles now selling as many as 25% of copies digitally 4
by Christian Nutt [11.14.14]
Data keeps coming in that suggests the shift to digital is a big one for this generation, with Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz now saying that a quarter of copies are digital.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing