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Blog: Why players love to play alone... together  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"It seems to me that if we want to build multiplayer ecosystems for potential communities as large as mobile offers, the last thing we want to do is fragment populations, unwittingly create niches, or worse, let a game die."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

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?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, Production

Tweeting death threat at Valve doesn't work out well for Paranautical Activity developer 6
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
It turns out that tweeting death threats to the co-founder of Valve is really not the best idea for a PC game developer, would you believe.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

A dance with the devil: Jason Rohrer's Cordial Minuet Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [10.21.14]
The iconoclastic indie (The Castle Doctrine) explains how his interest in real-money games and poker resulted in a betting game that pits players against each other in a purely skill-based contest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Get a job: Nintendo of America seeks a Visual Development Artist  
by Staff [10.20.14]
Nintendo is looking to hire an experienced visual development artist who will work alongside the team in the company's Redmond office to "work on projects that span several products."
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

This Week in Video Game Criticism: IndieCade and the impact of Alien  
by Kris Ligman [10.20.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from IndieCade to how Alien: Isolation lives up to a legacy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: What it's like to make indie games as a couple  
by Staff [10.20.14]
Claudia Molinari and Matteo Pozzi of We Are Muesli gave a great talk at GDC Europe 2014 that examines some of the naked truths of working as an indie couple, both within games and without.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The Resident Evil 4 postmortem 7
by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi [10.20.14]
In this reprint from the October 2005 issue of Game Developer magazine, Resident Evil 4 developer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi writes about the overhauls and challenges which faced one of the franchise's most notable entries.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chinese developers need to better identify the needs of their players 1
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
"We serve the customers, that's our common goal," says Jeff Lyndon, president and co-founder of Chinese mobile game publisher iDreamSky, at GDC China today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC China, China

The role of luck: RNG isn't the answer 19
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"We've concluded that itís possible to design a compelling competitive game without luck. Possible. Not easy. Not necessarily doable. But possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Insomniac's engine chief shares tips on leading tech teams at GDC 2015  
by Staff [10.20.14]
Engine director Mike Acton is an expert on the topic, and in his "Great Management of Technical Leads" talk at GDC 2015 he'll lay out the entry-level expectations you need to know about.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Jade Raymond departs Ubisoft after a decade with the company  
by Alex Wawro [10.20.14]
Game industry veteran Jade Raymond has announced plans to depart Ubisoft Toronto after ten years with the company, citing an interest in pursuing new ambitions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The 'new-platform' model - an alternate path for indies  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
Spry Fox's entire model is built upon investing in new marketplaces, and Road Not Taken would be the first big console push for the company. That meant the game would be a big departure for the company, in multiple ways.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC China

GDC Next speakers share their 'hidden gem' game recommendations  
by Staff [10.20.14]
In the spirit of boosting discoverability for games of all stripes, here are just a few of the "hidden gem" titles that GDC Next featuring ADC speakers suggest you check out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Why we chose a free beta instead of Early Access 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"This exercise confirmed our feelings that Early Access really suits a long, drip-feed approach where the evolving nature of the game is fundamental to the way the game is developed and experienced."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Did 80s computer marketing push women out of video games? 5
by Mike Rose [10.20.14]
A large-scale drop-off in the number of women taking computer science courses occurred in the 80s, and was fueled by computer marketing campaigns that were heavily directed at men.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam Early Access game Space Engineers sells 1 million  
by Mike Rose [10.20.14]
Space Engineers, a sandbox space construction game that is currently on Steam Early Access, has sold more than 1 million copies.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 12
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"If you donít know how people work, you canít make stuff for people to interact with. The most talented and technical designer that lacks empathy will make something that only he/she can enjoy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why anything but games matters 19
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why Iím in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least Iím not in games.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Tutorials, tips, and text in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
A tutorial on coding text and tips that aren't obtrusive: "any text or tips appear or disappear from non-intrusive areas of the screen at various times, and will never pause or slow down the game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming