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Why anything but games matters 20
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why I’m in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least I’m not in games.'"
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Building a game for charity that makes players care  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"Serious games pose some unique challenges. How do you convey key messages in a clear, memorable and transparent way, while also creating an experience that succeeds as a game in its own right?"
Design, Production, Serious, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Robin Hunicke joins UC Santa Cruz's game program as an instructor  
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
The Games and Playable Media program picks up the Journey producer and co-author of the influential MDA framework as an Associate Professor of Art & Game Design.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: Unity - King of the web, teacher of children, betrayer of men 21
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Bottom line? Unity is an amazingly versatile piece of software whether you are building a prototype or a triple-A title. But it has a rather spotty history when it comes to new deployment platforms."
Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Maintaining quality of life as a game developer, entrepreneur, and parent 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"According to the IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey, 70% of respondents do not have children. Are we sacrificing too much of our family life for our passions and careers as game developers!?"
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Journalism school nets $250k grant to train leaders in game design 3
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
The American University School of Communication is using a Knight Foundation grant to try and train journalists to apply the principles of game design to the challenges of leading a media outlet.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious

Game creation for the masses: What's next for Twine Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [10.09.14]
As Twine's version 2.0 enters beta, creator Chris Klimas reflects on the game creation tool whose role and impact he could never have anticipated -- and how many more potential creators remain to be reached.
Design, Programming, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Exclusive


Creating Virtual Reality Games: The Fundamentals 16
by Sébastien Kuntz [05.23.13]
As VR heats up again thanks to the emergence of the Oculus Rift, Gamasutra presents a ten-year veteran's take on best practices for developing immersive games using this technology.
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Games With The Power To Offend: Surviving And Stoking Controversy 20
by Michael Thomsen [08.24.10]
Developers, execs and PR talk some of gaming's top controversies -- from Six Days in Fallujah to Resident Evil 5 -- how they handled them, and how they might be avoided in the future.
Business/Marketing, Design, Serious

From Research To Games: Interacting With 3D Space 7
by Joseph LaViola Jr. [04.22.10]
While 3D interfaces are just taking off for consumers, years of research have been poured into the field. Dr. Joe LaViola of the University of Central Florida shares detailed academic findings about building useful and fun ways to interact with games.
Design, Programming, Art, Serious

Persuasive Games: Shell Games 23
by Ian Bogost [03.03.10]
Just what will the achievementization of the world mean? Author and game designer Ian Bogost ponders Jesse Schell's DICE talk and blends his interpretation with research. Will it work... and, more importantly, is it good?
Design, Serious

Moving Hardcore Gaming To The Web: Making History 31
by Matt Seegmiller [01.05.10]
Can you take your game into the browser and gain in the process? Developer Muzzy Lane (Making History series) discusses the challenges and advantages of this approach in this in-depth tech-oriented article.
Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Serious, Social/Online


If you're Playing Games, you're Already Training your Brain  
by Yannis Patras [10.21.14]
Brain training is heavily built around neuroplasticity's premises. But neuroplasticity doesn't need elaborate scientific exercises to kick in. All it needs is an entertaining context, a challenging environment, and time! And these sound very familiar...
Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Serious, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

GamerGate Moderates: Addressing the Reasonable Grievances  
by Peter Randol [10.20.14]
A look at how the grievances of GamerGate can be addressed. This is not an approval of the movement but what "moderate GamerGaters" often say as the main purpose for their movement.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Developer threatens legal action against allegedly “cloned” Kickstarter game 2
by Zachary Strebeck [10.20.14]
Game attorney Zachary Strebeck looks at the threat of legal action by Indie Boards & Cards against a recently-funded Kickstarter project, Moriarty’s Machinations. Is it really a clone, or do the threats have no basis in the law?
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Alternative Sales Strategies for Digital Stores -- Coupons  
by Ulyana Chernyak [10.20.14]
The use of digital distribution has made it easier to use a variety of sales tactics and this series looks at some of the new ones developers have access to. Starting with the simple use of coupons.
Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Snowflake: One Year On - Mechanical Metaphors in a Charity Game  
by Shaun Leach [10.20.14]
One year on, we look back on Snowflake, the innovative charity game we developed for Home-Start which was recently nominated for an award.
Design, Serious


Zynga — Chicago, Illinois, United States
[10.21.14]
Senior Software Engineer (Front End)


Harmonix Music Systems — Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
[10.21.14]
Senior Product Manager
Harmonix has an immediate opening for an experienced, passionate and motivated Senior Product Manager to join our Publishing team. As a product manager at Harmonix you will be responsible for working with Harmonix’s development and creative teams to create and launch amazing new games.

Harmonix Music Systems — Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
[10.21.14]
Web Developer
Harmonix is seeking a talented programmer to join our small Web team as a Web Developer for a 9 month contract. You’ll primarily be using Python/Django, but Postgres and Linux skills will also come in handy. We’re about to embark on a new web project which will allow you to have a direct influence on the creative and technical vision of the project and will likely present interesting challenges and problems to solve.

Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[10.21.14]
Marketing Director


Petroglyph Games — Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
[10.21.14]
Illustrator / Concept Artist


Harmonix Music Systems — Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
[10.21.14]
Software Engineer - Animation
Harmonix has an immediate opening for a passionate, motivated, and highly skilled software engineer in the animation domain. You will work closely with artists to bring life and motion to our games' characters on multiple platforms, managing artist-facing tools and pipelines as well as the engine-level animation code.

Trion Worlds — Redwood City, California, United States
[10.21.14]
Senior Gameplay Engineer
Senior Gameplay Engineer - AI, Combat, Physics, and more!

DoubleDown Interactive — Seattle, Washington, United States
[10.21.14]
Game Designer
DoubleDown Interactive is a social and mobile game company located in Seattle, WA. Known for our fun and collaborative culture, we’re a group of talented software engineers, game designers, artists, producers, marketers, analytical experts, and moreWe are expanding and looking for a creative and technically savvy Slot Game Designer to join our emerging team. In this position you will utilize math and probability techniques in conjunction with basic design tenets to create fun and exciting new math models that will provide hours of compelling gameplay for players.

Trion Worlds — Redwood City, California, United States
[10.21.14]
Senior Graphics Engineer
Senior Graphics Engineer - graphics guru needed!

WB Games — San Francisco, California, United States
[10.21.14]
Sr. Software Engineer, Android