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Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Composing an indie RPG title track  
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
On the collaborative process of working with a composer: "I gave some specific feedback... but I ultimately needed to trust his ability to polish the piece."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Production

Two Finnish studios band together: Next Games acquires Helsinki GameWorks  
by Christian Nutt [10.30.14]
Two startups with veterans from notable developers like Rovio, Supercell, and Remedy have joined up. Next Games is currently working on a Walking Dead mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

OnLive expands service to Europeans outside the U.K.  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
If your game is available on OnLive, people in countries other than the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom can now create OnLive accounts and pay to play it.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Final Fantasy creator's F2P game hits 1M downloads in 3 weeks 1
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
Terra Battle, the debut free-to-play mobile game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio, has been downloaded more than a million times worldwide in the three weeks since its October 9th launch.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ex-Blizzard frontman Rob Pardo shares his approach to game design  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson talks to ex-Blizzard designer Rob Pardo (Warcraft 3, Starcraft II) about his career and his approach to design in the new Designer Notes podcast.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The neuroscience of survival horror 14
by Maral Tajerian [10.30.14]
How do survival horror games like The Evil Within work on our brains? Neuroscientist M. Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia, Dead Space and Silent Hill in this classic feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Get a job: CCP is seeking a Senior Backend Programmer  
by Staff [10.30.14]
CCP is looking to add a strong industry experienced Backend Programmer to its programming team in the Newcastle Studio, UK.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment, VR

Blog: How much friction? Tension in Alien: Isolation 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"The game is good, evoking the tension of Ridley Scott's original movie by pitting a single protagonist against a nigh-unstoppable xenomorph. But about 2/3 of my way through the game I started feeling annoyance, rather than tension."
Console/PC, Design

Ubisoft reports better-than-expected sales thanks to Watch Dogs  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
The company beat its modest sales goal for the second fiscal quarter thanks to a growing digital games business and ongoing strong sales of Watch Dogs, which has shipped 9 million units to retail.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Designing a 'playable' UI that secretly teaches how to play 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"We could have relied on traditional, text-based tutorials, but most players would have just ignored them to then have a hard time playing the game like it’s supposed to be played."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Sony's Yoshida publicly apologizes for Driveclub's ongoing issues  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has publicly apologized for the troubled launch of Driveclub and said there is no clear timetable for when the title's network issues will be resolved.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Developers, get ready: GDC Next kicks off on Monday  
by Staff [10.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next Monday. Here's what you need to know about where to go and what to see while you're there.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Kim Kardashian helps Glu Mobile to record profits  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Glu Mobile says that strong sales of mobile hit Kim Kardashian: Hollywood have helped the company achieve its strongest quarter results ever.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Creating an atmospheric, non-Euclidian environment 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"When the player walks off the side, they’re teleported to a corresponding point on the adjacent side and rotated ninety degrees. The result is suitably disorienting: walk long enough in a straight line and you’ll make figure-eights."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

How Spelunky helped Dan Marshall reinvent The Swindle Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Last year, developer Dan Marshall cancelled The Swindle, a game he had been working on for two years. Now the dev has resurrected the game with a new direction -- and it's all thanks to Spelunky.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Screencheat is a game about screencheating Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
I reckon the team behind Screencheat must have been dirty rotten cheaters in the days of local multiplayer. Originally dreamt up during the Global Game Jam earlier this year, Screencheat is an experience entirely centered around looking at what everyone else is doing.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Not uniting to 'beat' Greenlight, but understanding the struggle 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"Greenlight could have worked but it's missing one important feature: a recommendation system based on the recent activity of a user on Steam."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Nintendo details first 'quality of life' device 10
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Nintendo has detailed its plans for the "quality of life" products it teased earlier this year, revealing a device that will apparently help with sleep disorders.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Making better tutorials and menus for mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"If you take a critical eye to modern games and see what they’ve done well and what they haven’t, you can apply these to your own games. With a bit of thought and some testing, you can make your game a much nicer experience for everyone."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design