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September 19, 2014
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Studio behind Moshi Monsters craze hit by layoffs, says report  
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
UK-based Mind Candy, the company behind popular kid-friendly online game Moshi Monsters, saw a number of layoffs, according to a Techcrunch report.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Keys to working with offsite writers  
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"Having offsite writers is crucial for our workflow, and I’ve compiled some best practices on how to manage the multiple personalities and work styles."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

The Rock Band Network has been sunsetted  
by Mike Rose [09.19.14]
Harmonix has called it a day on its Rock Band Network online store, a place where users could upload and sell their own music through the Rock Band games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Making educational games for the younger you 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"During this convergence of opposing chapters in our lives, all of a sudden the boring term ‘educational game’ doesn’t seem to be the big YAWN it used to be."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Shinra is a new cloud gaming company from Square Enix 7
by Mike Rose [09.19.14]
Square Enix today announced the establishment of Shinra Technologies, a new cloud gaming company that plans to collaborate with numerous studios worldwide, including Ubisoft.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 2
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
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

After 8 years as director of Final Fantasy XV, Nomura steps down  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
His co-director Hajime Tabata will assume the role of sole director as Square Enix moves Nomura over to work on other projects, including Kingdom Hearts III.
Console/PC, Production

Neal Stephenson pronounces his high-profile Kickstarter game dead 14
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
The author's Subutai Corporation has ceased development of its successfully Kickstarted game Clang and issued refunds to all backers who've asked, as the dev team moves on in search of work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Designing mobile games for thumbs in an era of giant screens 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"We can’t just treat screens in the 5.5” range simply as a scaled-up version of a smaller phone. Grips completely change, and with that, your interface might need to do so, as well."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Japan Game Awards honor Monster Hunter 4, The Last of Us, and other hits  
by Christian Nutt [09.18.14]
Handed out by Japanese trade association CESA at Tokyo Game Show, the Japan Game Awards were given to a number of games, including Grand Theft Auto V and Yo-Kai Watch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: 343 Industries seeks an AI Engineer  
by Staff [09.18.14]
The house that's now building Halo is looking to recruit a senior-level AI engineer to work alongside the team in 343 Industries' Kirkland, WA complex.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

$2M in Osmo preorders reveals demand for educational iPad games  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
Tangible Play has reaped roughly $2 million in preorders for the Osmo, an iPad educational game accessory, suggesting there's demand for devs to make kid-friendly mobile games for use in teaching.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: When COPPA becomes real, and the FTC cracks down on a dev 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"With TinyCo, the FTC has eviscerated the hopes of developers who were thinking they could skate through the COPPA compliance issue by using ... verbal excuses."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building the AI for Hearthstone 5
by Staff [09.18.14]
The AI postmortem is a perennial high point for GDC's AI Summit, and GDC 2014 was no exception as former Blizzard engineer Brian Schwab delivered a frank talk on the AI design of Hearthstone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

GDC Next adds talks on Starcraft II and the secret life of ads  
by Staff [09.18.14]
Blizzard Entertainment's Jordan Womack joins speakers from MIT's Game Lab, the GameHeart mod project and the LiveRail ad platform at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

New interview sheds light on PlayStation Now's past, future  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
Game industry veteran David Perry speaks to Game Informer about how the Sony-Gaikai acquisition came about and what it might mean for how (and where) your games will be distributed in the next decade.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Inclusivity vs. narrative intent: A conversation with r/gaymers 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"Just because I could make the narrative more inclusive, I did not know if I should. I needed a sounding board. I took to Reddit’s r/gaymer forum to have a conversation with some LGBT gamers about the game."

Mistranslated worlds: Dark Souls, Wizardry, and accidental storytelling 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"There's not much of a plot to the player-controlled protagonist, but there's an incredible sense of depth and history to the setting itself. It's all very cohesive and consistent."
Console/PC, Design

Aiming for the 'niche' pays off for million-selling strategy game 2
by Kris Graft [09.18.14]
Sometimes, aiming deep instead of wide pays off. Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive said today its grand strategy game from 2012, Crusader Kings II, has sold over 1 million units across PC, Mac, and Linux.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 'Mobile VR' is much more about VR than mobile 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"What I do know is this: once it’s all released, it will stand for itself, and the players will quickly figure out what mobile VR is really good for."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VR