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Road to the IGF: Kevin Regamey's Phonopath Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [01.30.15]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF interview series with nominees, Power Up Audio co-founder Kevin Regamey explains how he built the award-nominated audio puzzle game Phonopath and why.
Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: The making of Elite 4
by Staff [01.30.15]
Elite co-creator David Braben shares the motivation behind and genesis of the genre-defining space flight sim, which stood against industry demands for another arcade-patterned game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics seeks a Senior Environment Artist  
by Staff [01.30.15]
The house responsible for the Tomb Raider reboot is looking to hire an experienced environment artist to work alongside the Rise of the Tomb Raider team in its Redwood City, CA office.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Video: How to build a healthy eSports community around your game  
by Staff [01.30.15]
As part of the GDC Next 2014 Community Summit, Jason Xu (CEO of eSports management platform Battlefy) presented developers with data and strategies for encouraging competitive play in their games.
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

A muse on Metroid II: A maze of murderscapes 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
"I first played Metroid II: Return of Samus in the dimly lit women’s wing of a homeless shelter in Providence, Rhode Island. Nestled in my palms like a religious text is the video game machine."
Console/PC, Design

Joystiq and Massively shut down amid AOL downsizing 3
by Alex Wawro [01.30.15]
The rumors are true: Venerable games media outlet Joystiq is closing up shop alongside its sister site Massively and a host of other AOL-owned websites. Many people have lost their jobs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Hardware revisions not stopping the decline of the 3DS business 1
by Matt Matthews [01.30.15]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews shows in his new post that the 3DS business has been in steady decline: "the continued erosion of their active hardware base is a serious issue," he writes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Shake-up at Sega sees up to 300 jobs cut and an office shuttered  
by Alex Wawro [01.30.15]
Japanese company Sega Sammy announced today that it plans to restructure the company in a way that will see roughly 300 jobs (or more) cut and Sega of America's San Francisco office shuttered.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Nintendo's turned around its digital business  
by Matt Matthews [01.30.15]
According to Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews, "Nintendo is finally all-in on digital sales," and he here provides a historical analysis of the company's performance in the digital download realm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Catch Croteam's Talos Principle postmortem at GDC  
by Staff [01.30.15]
GDC officials confirm Alen Ladavec and Davor Hunski, CTO and CCO (respectively) of Croteam, are delivering a postmortem of development on their IGF award-nominated game The Talos Principle at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

How we created the video for our successful Kickstarter  
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
"The video was the thing that we feel was most important to the success of our campaign and is also the place that we see otherwise great games trip and fall down on."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Building the booth: A PAX South indie exhibitor postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
"With this post I want to do a postmortem and share some behind the scenes footage on what's it like trying to wing a 'professional indie setup' during a major games convention."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Lessons learned from localizing our game in 10 languages 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
"It was so painful and tedious and boring which obviously led to mistakes and led to more time spent in QA. We could have made it more interesting, quicker and less of manual work if we knew some tricks."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter in 2014: The breakdown 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
A detailed analysis of the Kickstarter platform in 2014 -- and a particular look at how game projects did. Full numbers inside.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Get an inside look at The Long Dark and This War Of Mine at GDC  
by Staff [01.30.15]
GDC officials highlight great GDC 2015 talks from the developers of This War Of Mine and The Long Dark about the art of making great indie games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Cook, Serve, Delicious, the final chapter: Sales, crunch, and success 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
David Galindo returns after a year with the sixth installment of dev-log for Cook, Serve, Delicious, including Humble Bundle and Steam sales numbers, and how his free updates were created (and performed).
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Twitch heats up: In 2014, it had 100 million unique viewers per month  
by Christian Nutt [01.29.15]
Developers, take note: The premier video game streaming site has hit some impressive milestones, and it's more than likely that your audience is waiting for you there.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Nintendo sells 5.7 million Amiibos and plenty of games, but it's no relief 2
by Christian Nutt [01.29.15]
While Nintendo's stock price has slid following its latest financial results, reports are pouring in about how well its games and new Amiibo toys are doing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Hangar 13 seeks a Graphics and Rendering Engineer  
by Staff [01.29.15]
2K Games' newest studio, the Novato-based Hangar 13, is hiring a seasoned graphics programmer to work on researching, developing and debugging graphics tech in its Novato, CA offices.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Stalled Ouya just landed $10 million investment, report claims  
by Alex Wawro [01.29.15]
The Wall Street Journal reports that anonymous sources claim Alibaba is considering integrating the Ouya platform (and its catalog of games) into its own line of set-top boxes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing