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Postmortem: Pangalore's Knightly Adventure 3
by Doyon Kim [06.21.13]
A 3D Unity MMO for smartphones and social networks -- one which has cloud-based saving and social elements? Oh, and it's the company's first game ever -- developed across two continents? No big deal.
Business/Marketing, Postmortem, Production, Art, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem - Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension 11
by Whitney Wade, Chacko Sonny [06.19.13]
In this postmortem from the final issue of Game Developer, Sony Santa Monica senior producer Whitney Wade and director of internal development Chacko Sonny discuss bringing multiplayer to the God of War experience.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Programming, Production, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive

Inside the striking art and design of Hawken 9
by Brandon Sheffield [06.03.13]
Hawken leader and Adhesive game's CEO Khang Le has been doing visual development for movies and games for years, and he took a unique approach to the game's art and design. Rather than aiming for the moon, he and his team tried to create a game that played to the strengths of its members.
Business/Marketing, Art, Interview, Console/PC, Social/Online

Intro to User Analytics 4
by Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, Magy Seif El-Nasr [05.30.13]
An intro to analytics written by the editors of Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data, a compendium of insights from more than 50 experts in industry and research, which covers the most relevant questions: what to track, and how to analyze the data.
Business/Marketing, Design, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Internal Indies 1
by Steve Stopps [05.29.13]
Are there lessons from indie development that can be utilized in a larger, established studio setting? In order to answer this question, Blitz Game Studios started a simple experiment: inviting five senior developers to form a team with complete creative freedom.
Business/Marketing, Production, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Killer & Dragons: The GungHo and Grasshopper Interview 11
by Christian Nutt [05.17.13]
His company went from an unknown to beating Nintendo for market cap thanks to the success of Puzzle & Dragons, and in this interivew, Kazuki Morishita explains his personal management style to Gamasutra -- joined by Goichi "SUDA51" Suda, whose studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, he recently acquired.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

PlayStation Plus: Good for Players, But is it Good for Developers? 20
by Kris Graft [05.09.13]
Sony's service, which allows gamers to get a huge variety of free games, has been a big hit with PlayStation fans. But what do developers get out of it? Gamasutra finds out.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC

Postmortem: Appy Entertainment's Animal Legends 7
by Rory McGuire [05.06.13]
From building a flexible, low-cost server back-end to launching big in China, Animal Legends offered the team at Appy Entertainment a huge number of challenges -- which are fully outlined in this candid postmortem.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, China

Managing Risk in Video Game Development 7
by Paul Tozour [05.03.13]
How do you best manage risk when creating a game? Using this article and the attached spreadsheet, you can better identify the problem areas in your game and get a sense of whether any decisions you are making actually make business sense.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Crowdfunding, One Year Later 3
by David Daw [05.01.13]
Game Developer Magazine asked devs behind major crowdfunding pushes from the last year -- Chris Roberts, Brenda Romero, Greg Rice, and Jim Rossignol and James Carey -- for their advice on what worked for them and what they’d do differently.
Business/Marketing, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive