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Report: Tencent trumps EA, Sony and Apple in terms of game revenue  
by Alex Wawro [10.01.14]
A new market research report further reinforces the notion that free-to-play and mobile game companies 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 3
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  
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!  
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 4
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 9
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 18
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 4
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

Is Portal 2 a better brain-training game than brain-training games? 5
by Kris Graft [09.30.14]
A recent study from Florida State psychology researchers pit two kinds of games against one another to see which is actually “better” for your brain: "entertainment" games or "brain-training" games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Design

52,000 buildings, 60 frames per second 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
Solving the problem: "If you don't set hard coded limits, someone will play until they find another one -- memory, CPU, GPU, you name it."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

On the back of mobile success, InnoGames opens new studio  
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
The Hamburg-based studio, best known for making browser games, has an iPad hit -- and now expands to Dusseldorf to beef up its mobile offerings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Uncertainty leads to the best horror games, says Resident Evil creator 3
by Mike Rose [09.30.14]
"The horror experience is most scary when the player really isn’t sure whether their character is going to live or die." - Shinji Mikami, best known as the creator of the Resident Evil series, discusses what he believes makes horror stories the most tense.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

There is a Tetris sci-fi movie in the works 10
by Mike Rose [09.30.14]
With all the movie adaptations of video games that have popped up over the years, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to turn Tetris into a movie.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing