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What's Really Going Down in Vancouver?
With studio closures and layoffs, what was once the central city for game development in Canada is currently on the ropes... Or is it? Gamasutra investigates the fate of the city's scene, talking to developers about what's going on and what can be done to save the local industry.
08.17.12 | Feature | Leigh Alexander | 19 Number of Comments 
Will politics kill Vancouver's video game industry?
"Politics could mismanage [Vancouver's game industry] into the Stone Age... We have to stop these guys, and really try to turn things around." - Vancouver game industry veteran and advocate Matt Toner.
08.16.12 | News | Staff | 24 Number of Comments 
NaturalMotion's latest earns $12M in its debut month
Game developer, publisher, and middleware provider NaturalMotion has seen some real success with its latest iOS game, CSR Racing, as the title pulled in more than $12 million in its first month.
08.14.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 1 Number of Comments 
Your game industry in your words, week of August 10
Gamasutra highlights choice quotes from industry figures from the past week, including GameStop's Paul Raines, Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski, industry veteran Mark Cerny, and many others in this weekly roundup.
08.09.12 | News | Eric Caoili |  
Activision nabs Rockstar's portable guru to lead its mobile games
Former Rockstar Leeds president Gordon Hall brings his portable game design experience to Activision's still-in-its-infancy mobile division. Hall tells us about his failed sabbatical, and why touchscreen games excite him.
08.08.12 | News | Frank Cifaldi | 2 Number of Comments 
Lego Batman 2 makes it five weeks at top of UK charts
Travellers Tales' Lego Batman 2 has refused to let up since its launch last month, now claiming its fifth consecutive number one in the UK sales charts since its initial release.
07.22.12 | News | Mike Rose |  
Vancouver's struggling game industry gets relief with new Gree studio
After a tough year for the game industry in Vancouver, Japanese mobile social game developer and network operator Gree has announced plans to open a new development office in the city.
07.19.12 | News | Eric Caoili | 1 Number of Comments 
5 tips for making more believable open world cities
Creating a living, breathing, believable city is one of the biggest challenges to developers of open world gaming, so we asked the creative director of the upcoming Assassin's Creed III to share his secrets with you.
07.17.12 | News | Frank Cifaldi | 25 Number of Comments 
Dead Rising 2 developer suffers layoffs
Dead Rising 2 developer Capcom Vancouver let go of 7 percent of its employees today, making it the latest in a growing list of studios in the region who have cut staff in recent months.
07.17.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 1 Number of Comments 
Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Vancouver closing its doors
Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games has announced that it has shut down Rockstar Vancouver, the lead studio behind Max Payne 3, and has instead refocused its efforts on another Canadian division, Rockstar Toronto.
07.08.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 16 Number of Comments 
Kaos Descends: How Homefront's Developer Met its End
What contributed to the closure of Homefront developer Kaos Studios, once the shining hope for the resurrection of embattled publisher THQ? In this investigative piece, Leigh Alexander speaks to former staffers to get the inside story.
07.06.12 | Feature | Leigh Alexander | 35 Number of Comments 
Lego Batman 2 tops UK charts despite multiple new releases
Despite a barrage of new releases last week, Traveller's Tales' Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes managed to keep hold of the top spot in the UK sales charts for the second consecutive week.
07.01.12 | News | Mike Rose |  
How to control the pacing of an open world game
In a new interview about upcoming free-roaming crime game Sleeping Dogs, United Front Games tells Gamasutra that while "it's not easy" delivering a story, there are tricks that can be used to keep things working.
06.28.12 | News | Staff | 7 Number of Comments 
Lego Batman 2 claims top of UK charts in opening week
Traveller?s Tales' Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes took to the top of the UK sales charts last week, knocking the previous week's number one, FIFA 12, down a place.
06.24.12 | News | Mike Rose |  
Top Android game apps: Draw Something overtakes Temple Run: Brave
Gamasutra rounds up the most popular paid and free gaming applications on Google Play as of today, with Draw Something, Temple Run: Brave, and Jewels Legend currently ranking among the platform's top downloads.
06.24.12 | News | Danny Cowan |  
Rockstar head of marketing Moulle-Berteaux resigns
Rockstar Games' head of marketing Alex Moull-Berteaux has left the company after five years, as he looks to pursue personal projects of his own.
06.21.12 | News | Mike Rose | 1 Number of Comments 
When Violence Meets Honor in History and Games
Consultant Christoph Kaindel takes a look at the real reasons and methods behind fights in history, offering up a few ideas for how everyday life in a late medieval city might be taken as inspiration for building believable game worlds for RPGs or sandbox-style action adventures.
06.21.12 | Feature | Christoph Kaindel | 27 Number of Comments 
Notes from the Mix: Prototype 2
The audio director on open world game Prototype 2 shares a crucial revelation about how to create a consistent soundscape for his game across all different sections -- and explains in depth how he achieved that great mix.
06.20.12 | Feature | Rob Bridgett | 4 Number of Comments 
FIFA 12 takes ninth UK number one as Euro 2012 kicks off
FIFA 12 once again took to the top of the UK sales charts last week, marking its ninth number one since it launched 38 weeks ago, according to data from tracking firm Chart-Track.
06.17.12 | News | Mike Rose |  
Top Android game apps: Max Payne Mobile reports strong first-week sales
Gamasutra rounds up the most popular paid and free gaming applications on Google Play as of today, with Temple Run: Brave, Max Payne Mobile, and 100 Floors currently ranking among the platform's top downloads.
06.17.12 | News | Danny Cowan |  
Opinion: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs up against lofty expectations
One of the few surprises coming out of last week's E3 was Ubisoft's cyber-espionage action game Watch Dogs. Was it genuinely compelling, or did it stand out simply because it was "new"?
06.14.12 | News | Colin Campbell | 21 Number of Comments 
Max Payne 3, Future Soldier sold 400K U.S. units each during May
Rockstar's Max Payne 3 and Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier both underperformed in the U.S. during May according to analyst firm Cowen, accelerating the major decline in retail sales.
06.14.12 | News | Mike Rose |  
Aging consoles, infrequent releases hurt U.S. retail game sales in May
Video game sales at U.S. retail continued to see declines in May, thanks in part to stagnating hardware sales and a continually barren lineup of new retail games.
06.13.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 23 Number of Comments 
Max Payne 3 cheaters forced to play against each other
Rockstar is trialing a new method for dealing with cheaters in the multiplayer modes of Max Payne 3 -- rather than banning those players outright, they are made to play against each other.
06.12.12 | News | Mike Rose | 16 Number of Comments 
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier takes third consecutive UK number one
Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier took its third consecutive week at the top of the UK sales charts since its initial release, despite a 48 percent drop in sales week-over-week.
06.10.12 | News | Mike Rose |  

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