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Clone Wars: The Five Most Important Cases Every Game Developer Should Know 29
by Stephen C. McArthur [02.27.13]
"How courts treat developers copying ideas for video games, however, has quietly but dramatically evolved over the past year," writes attorney Stephen McArthur, who takes a look at how the legal precedent on cloning has changed from Asteroids through Triple Town.
Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Unknown Worlds Entertainment's Natural Selection 2 20
by Charlie Cleveland [02.26.13]
The six year story of an indie Steam hit -- this is the story of how the team behind the popular shooter was formed, worked, and what they very much wish they could have changed about the company and project if they could.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

Finding and Keeping Your Perfect Investment Partner 3
by W. Todd Tribell [02.25.13]
Heading to GDC and hoping to score some funding? Digital Capital's W. Todd Tribell here takes a hard look at the developer/investor relationship, and shares his perspective on what the investor really expects -- from his side of the table.
Business/Marketing

Defender's Quest: By the Numbers, Part 2 22
by Lars Doucet [02.20.13]
Indie developer Lars Doucet takes us back for another look at how his game has performed now that it's received a massive update and, in the process, landed on stores like Steam and GOG, detailing both his gross revenue and what, on the developer's end, goes into generating those numbers.
Business/Marketing, Design, Indie

Drafting a Social Media Handbook Policy for Developers 13
by Preeti Khanolkar [02.19.13]
Big companies have recently gotten into hot water by trying to govern employee social media use -- but the right way to do this is even more complicated than you might expect, so Gamasutra presents this article, written by an attorney, to help put you on the right track.
Business/Marketing

Postmortem: zGames' Pong World 5
by Chris Howard, Tanya Aulachynskaya, Artyom Vorobyov [02.11.13]
What does it take to build a winning mobile game -- literally? This postmortem details the development of Pong World, the game that won Atari's Pong Indie Developer Challenge contest, with a focus on practical solutions in mobile game development.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem: Intelligence Engine Design Systems' City Conquest 25
by Paul Tozour [02.06.13]
A candid and detailed look at the difficulties one team encountered when developing a mobile and tablet-based strategy game -- including everything from problems with Kickstarter to networking code, and how some difficulties were solved with automation.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Reflections on XNA 25
by Nathan Fouts [02.05.13]
Nathan Fouts quit his job at Insomniac Games in 2006 to strike out on his own as an indie developer, ultimately settling on Microsoft's XNA as his development platform of choice -- and here, he reflects on the tool, which Microsoft last week announced will be discontinued.
Business/Marketing, Indie

Developer Roundtable: Triple-A, Free-to-Play 7
by Patrick Miller, David Daw [02.04.13]
In this Game Developer magazine reprint, find out how free-to-play games Tribes: Ascend, PlanetSide 2, and MechWarrior Online are making inroads into core PC audiences -- and how their developers view working in the space.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Social/Online

The Top 10 Mistakes Tool Developers Make 11
by Virgile Delporte [01.31.13]
Sure, you've created what you think is a great tool. But are you really ready to consider putting it out in the wild? This checklist, written by Vergile Delporte, who has extensive experience in the middleware space, explains what you need to do first.
Business/Marketing