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If Steam is too crowded, can we create an algorithm for discovering hidden gems? 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"My twitter friends are constantly giving visibility for 'hidden gems' and I think we should keep doing that. At the same time, I think we can supplement those efforts with some mathematical tools."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Blog: I went to the woods - Tracy Fullerton's Walden  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"Walden has been in development for nearly seven years, and it served as a centerpiece to Tracy Fullertonís musings on what game narrative is evolving towards."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Meridian: New World is a full-blown classic RTS - made by one person Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
When Ede Tarsoly started development of Meridian: New World way back in July 2011, he had a main goal in mind: Create the perfect old-school styled real-time strategy game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Reminder: GDC Europe 2014 call for talks ends Monday  
by GDC Staff [04.18.14]
Don't miss the April 21 deadline to submit proposals for talks, roundtables and panel sessions at GDC Europe 2014, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Can we learn anything from strange old adventure games? 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
Leigh Alexander goes retro: "I'm interested in what happens if we apply the let's play format to unexpected titles -- strange old games, or design spaces with defunct or unconventional structures."
Console/PC, Design

Monetization analysis: Crytek's The Collectables 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"On the face of it, one would expect The Collectables to make a big splash on the iOS marketplace. Yet the game has failed to crack the top 200 grossing for iPhone or iPad in the US."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

How did the App Store's first 'Indie Game Showcase' affect game sales? Exclusive 3
by John Polson [04.18.14]
Six of the developers chosen by Device 6 creator Simogo for the App Store's first Indie Game Showcase share their promotional sales data and reflect on its impact.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot might come to Steam  
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
Two classic RPG titles, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, popped up on Steam Greenlight this week, courtesy of a development outsourcing company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rebranding beta testing with Baldurís Gate: Enhanced Edition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"A massive repository of bug fixes and new features, a hungry community waiting for a patch, and limited time and resources for testing. How do you make sure the patch is stable before releasing it?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Should we fight piracy? 32
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"In my opinion, the most important message would be 'outsmart piracy in every way possible to make their system unstable and meaningless.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV Exclusive 3
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot Square Enix's failed MMO into an all-new project.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Microsoft lags behind Sony, with 5 million Xbox Ones shipped 16
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Today, Microsoft finally released some updated numbers for the Xbox One console: It's shipped 5 million units to retail so far, versus Sony's 7 million PS4s sold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

AMD's profits bolstered by continued demand for console chips  
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
The chipmaker -- now ubiquitous in this generation of game consoles -- continues to show big year-on-year gains as manufacturers gobble up its supplies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fear and foreboding are design pillars in The Conjuring House Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [04.17.14]
Former Ubisoft Casablanca developers are tackling the survival horror genre with The Conjuring House. One of Rym Games' co-founders tells us how the studio plans to design for fear.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, Video

Banner Saga, CandySwipe devs resolve trademark disputes with King 6
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Stoic Studios and Albert Ransom claim to have reached an agreement with Candy Crush Saga maker King whereby their games may coexist without further trademark litigation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity bolsters its mobile toolset with Playnomics acquisition 1
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
UPDATE: Unity has confirmed an earlier report that it has purchased mobile game analytics firm Playnomics as part of an ongoing effort to offer developers a wider suite of tools and services.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Developing Bioshock, 'everyone had something to prove' 3
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Eurogamer has published an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the development of Bioshock that includes interviews with lead team members like Jordan Thomas, Paul Hellquist and Ken Levine.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Glitchspace is a first-person programming game Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
I've played pretty much every first-person puzzler under the sun, so it's rare to find a game that really throws me a curveball. Glitchspace is very much that curveball.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Getting your Unity game on Vita with Unity for PSM 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
You can now publish Unity games directly to Sony's PlayStation Mobile -- which means publishing on Vita. But... how do you do it? This post explains.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production

IGDA announces latest appointments for board of directors  
by Staff [04.17.14]
The International Game Developers Association, a non-profit group for video game developers, has elected board members for 2014-2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing