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Blog: A Unity culling mask tip  
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.14]
"The Unity Camera class has a culling mask such that each camera can be set to only display a subset of the available layers. However, I wanted to be able to change the visible layers during runtime in response to a player's actions."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

A handful of British game studios have passed the tax relief cultural test  
by Mike Rose [11.26.14]
More than 30 British game studios have applied for the new video game tax relief in the UK, while just over a dozen games have received provisional certification to go ahead for the application.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Advertising authority investigating YouTubers who don't disclosure paid-for videos  
by Mike Rose [11.26.14]
"There are strict rules that govern television and other advertising and it seems to me that there's a bit of a loophole when it comes to online, videos and YouTube." - Ben Bradshaw, a British Member of Parliament, reacts to poor disclosure from YouTubers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Latest Pokemon pair sells 1.5 million in opening Japanese weekend  
by Mike Rose [11.26.14]
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the latest Pokemon remakes, sold more than 1.5 million copies in Japan alone over their launch weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Amiibo: How did Nintendo do, and where can it go from here? Exclusive 1
by Christian Nutt [11.26.14]
How are the Amiibo figurines? How is the Smash Bros. gameplay using them? And more importantly -- what potential is there, and what pitfalls lie in store for Nintendo?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Get a job: Obisidian is looking to hire an Engine Programmer  
by Staff [11.25.14]
Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment is currently recruiting an experienced engine programmer to work in its Irvine, CA studio on analyzing and optimizing existing engine code.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Learn how to build a game that can playtest itself at GDC 2015  
by Staff [11.25.14]
Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano believes it's a good idea to build your game on a deterministic engine that can play itself, and at GDC 2015 he'll show you how to pull it off.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Don't Miss: Watch Ron Gilbert's GDC postmortem of Maniac Mansion 6
by Staff [11.25.14]
As Thimbleweed Park hits its Kickstarter goal, watch this loving and detailed look back at the game that started it all: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's Maniac Mansion.
Console/PC, Design, Production

FTC compels Sony to issue refunds over misleading Vita launch ads 2
by Alex Wawro [11.25.14]
SCEA has agreed to a settlement deal with the FTC over charges that it and its advertising partner intentionally misled people with the advertising campaigns for the launch of the PlayStation Vita.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Streaming game development on Twitch: Lessons learned 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"I have tried to compile a number of lessons here, from both the perspective of a long time viewer of development videos/streams and that of a new game development streamer."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Zenonia dev Gamevil snaps up another Korean mobile studio  
by Alex Wawro [11.25.14]
Gamevil continues to execute a proven strategy of buying up South Korean mobile game studios with its recent acquisition of Waplesoft, a company best known for producing social games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony leans on its PlayStation business as it searches for profitability  
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Sony today outlined its plans to swing its business back to profits -- and its PlayStation and video game exploits feature heavily in those plans.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Super Smash Bros. is the Wii U's fastest-selling game in the U.S.  
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U sold more than 490,000 copies in its opening U.S. weekend, making it the fastest-selling Wii U title to date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tips for motivating your indie team: Be human 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"Sometimes, members who leave will have an important perspective on your project. Even if it hurts to hear that criticism, it will make your team stronger in the end."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Advanced Warfare to Ikea Game Design  
by Zolani Stewart [11.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from a second look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to game design notes from the Ikea showroom floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

F2P Summit returns to GDC with dev-focused talks from experts  
by Staff [11.25.14]
The field of free-to-play game design is here to stay, and GDC officials will once again host a series of frank talks on the topic from leading experts as part of the F2P Summit at GDC 2015.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Our Kickstarter: Scraping by without a scam, just working with fans 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"Every active player (and many a past player returning) was compelled to pledge. Not because they wanted to support the game, but because the rewards were irresistible for a player."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Super Mario Galaxy's planets wouldn't work so well in real life 3
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Students at a British university have put together a fun paper centered around the Super Mario Galaxy universe, stating that most of the planets presented in the game series would simply explode in real life.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve clamps down on Steam key resellers with new 30 day gift rule 6
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Valve has updated the rules behind trading games via the Steam platform, such that users must now own a newly-purchased gift for at least 30 days before they can trade it on.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The science of low-polygon eyeballs 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"Whichever way an artist chooses she/he will have to ask themselves a question: 'How do I make the eyes look good from the side?'"
Console/PC, Indie, Art