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Star Citizen hits $55 million, and 280 devs, as funding rolls on  
by Christian Nutt [10.01.14]
"I sometimes get asked why continue to raise money. Havenít you already raised enough to make the game? The answer is that Star Citizen isnít a normal game."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Posing as YouTubers, scammers got Steam keys from me and sold them 17
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
"So, as it turned out, roughly 70% of the keys we had given out were taken under false pretenses, or to use a more direct term, stolen. It left us asking ourselves: Were we really so blind and naive?"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble Bundle debuts curated storefronts with Yogscast partnership  
by Alex Wawro [10.01.14]
Getting your game covered by a Yogscast YouTuber now nets you placement in a new curated storefront as the Humble Store expands its purview to encompass partner stores.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Telltale is hiring a Tools Engineer  
by Staff [10.01.14]
The folks who made The Wolf Among Us seek an experienced Qt engineer to work on Telltale's suite of graphical user interface tools at its studio in San Rafael, California.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Game artist tips from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [10.01.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Report: Tencent trumps EA, Sony and Apple in terms of game revenue 5
by Alex Wawro [10.01.14]
A new market research report further reinforces the notion that free-to-play and mobile game firms are competing with (and, at least in Tencent's case, eclipsing) traditional AAA game companies.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Postmortem: Making a truly sci-fi game in MirrorMoon EP  
by Staff [10.01.14]
What does it really mean to make a "sci-fi" game? Santa Ragione's Pietro Righi Riva explores the question while giving a postmortem talk about his game MirrorMoon EP during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Solving a problem I never had - the new Steam curation 9
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
A critical look at Steam's new curation system, with some suggestions on how it could be improved: "curation, in its current state, benefits developers far more than actual Steam users."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

When a game misses its release window by four years Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [10.01.14]
Back in the summer of 2010, I covered an intriguing music-based shooter called Substream on IndieGames.com. Four years later, Bradley's email address popped up in my inbox again, complete with a new trailer for the game.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

GDC 2015 is now open for registration! 1
by GDC Staff [10.01.14]
The time has come to sign up for the largest and longest-running worldwide event for game developers: Game Developers Conference 2015 is now open for registration!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Hugo, the 90s interactive TV show, is making a comeback on mobile 1
by Mike Rose [10.01.14]
If you were a kid in the 90s, you may remember Hugo the Troll, one of the very first interactive TV shows. The company behind the franchise has been making a move on mobile recently, and has now secured $4 million in a round of funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Synchronizing gameplay and animation with music  
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
"Humans learn that when we see and hear things happening concurrently we can try to draw an association. So when it comes to syncing up music and game events, timing is extremely important."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Making fast-paced multiplayer networked games is hard 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
A practical guide to making internet play work -- the challenges and the solutions -- from an indie who wants to see more online indie games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Blog: 5 things I learned from XCOM 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
A list of lessons learned over months play, including "pump so much theme into your game that it cracks and bleeds theme blood all over the player."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

A guide to breaking away and striking out on your own 22
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
How Ethan Levy went from EA to success on his own: "There are a few critical lessons to learn if you are accustomed to having a steady income stream and a team of people whose mere presence holds you accountable."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's new podcast, Talking Devs - Desert Golfing 2
by Staff [09.30.14]
This is the first in a new podcast series from Gamasutra, called Talking Devs. The pilot episodes sees Bennett Foddy and Douglas Wilson discussing Desert Golfing on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Four hackers indicted for breaking into Valve and Microsoft servers 6
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
Besides allegedly stealing Gears of War 3 game code, they also hacked into U.S. Army networks and stole training software for Apache helicopter pilots -- data worth, in total, over $100 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Find out how to make games for a YouTube audience, at GDC Next 2014 1
by Staff [09.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC has two new talks to announce today: One about the keys to making a a game that goes viral; another about cross-platform games for the web and mobile.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next, GDC

Fire Hose Games' accelerator program aims to offer indies what they need  
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
Indie Megabooth co-founder Eitan Glinert has launched a program to help out small developers: an incubator, modeled after those in the tech world, and located at his Boston-based studio, Fire Hose Games.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Has the new Steam clenched the holy grail of digital distribution? 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
"I for one cautiously welcome our NewSteam overlords," writes Defender's Quest developer Lars Doucet, in this look at what the new Steam Discovery landscape has wrought.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing