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Kickstarter updates terms: 'The creator must complete the project'  
by Christian Nutt [09.19.14]
The popular crowdfunding site has added some serious new stipulations to its terms of service -- which are designed to ensure backers get what they back.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Jon Blow on building a new programming language for games  
by Alex Wawro [09.19.14]
The designer of Braid and The Witness has published a talk outlining his thoughts on how we might go about building a new programming language specifically for game development.
Video

Video: Perfectly pitching your game in three sentences or less  
by Staff [09.19.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail shared some useful advice on how developers can perfect the art of pitching their game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

F2P game maker Motiga snaps up ex-CCP marketing lead David Reid  
by Alex Wawro [09.19.14]
Motiga has brought on game industry veteran David Reid to serve as its senior vice president of publishing as it ramps up production on its debut offering, the free-to-play multiplayer PC action game Gigantic.
Console/PC

Get a job: Runic Games is hiring a Visual Effects Artist  
by Staff [09.19.14]
The Seattle-based studio responsible for the Torchlight series is looking to bring on an experienced artist interested in designing and optimizing the production of real-time visual effects.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Procedural generation: By molecule or mythology 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"This post will help you choose the best 'zoom level' for your game. It’s part post-mortem, part raw idealism, and entirely intended to be just one way to think about design within a procedurally generated system."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Don't Miss: The Gamasutra community's game developer flashcards 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
Developers from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this quirky taxonomy of personalities and situations that you're likely to encounter if you spend much time in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA backs the White House's new anti-sexual assault initiative  
by Alex Wawro [09.19.14]
The publisher is one of many corporate partners supporting the "It's On Us" initiative, a campaign launched this week that aims to raise awareness about -- and hopefully curtail -- sexual assault.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Blog: When the fun of game development dies 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"What happens when making games is no longer fun for the developer? This is a question all videogame designers and developers have struggled with over the years."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Average time spent on Android games highest in the West  
by Alex Wawro [09.19.14]
A new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests that Android games still see the greatest daily playtime in the West -- specifically Germany, Russia and the United States.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What does it mean to be a game dev and a parent? #DevParents 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"We parents should embrace our fate and use the rollercoaster of emotions which is accompanied by parenthood to our advantage to create games only we can come up with."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

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 5
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 16
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 15
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