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Redshirt, Hack 'N' Slash among this year's IndieCade finalists 2
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
This year the IndieCade officials have nominated 36 indie titles for awards, including games from Double Fine, DigiPen, Deirdra "Squinky" Kiai and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What devs can learn from that Night Trap Kickstarter Exclusive 20
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
Gamasutra speaks to the organizer of the troubled Night Trap ReVamped Kickstarter and comes away with some useful lessons for developers looking to launch their first crowdfunding campaign.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: Navigating the moral maze of the new games business 5
by Staff [09.12.14]
Games are continually criticized for their portrayal of violence and women, as well as their supposedly addictive nature. But with the advent of free-to-play, for the first time ever the industry is discussing the ethics of a business model.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: We didn't make it to PAX, but we did showcase our game to fans - here's how  
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
PAX didn't happen for the devs of Prismata, but they made it to a Canadian expo that same weekend. Here's a look at what they gained, what they lost, and what it cost them.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the U.S. in August  
by Mike Rose [09.12.14]
The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in August in the U.S., according to Sony, making this the eighth month it has done so since the consoles launched late last year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

TIGA calls for $5 million game development fund in the UK  
by Mike Rose [09.12.14]
UK trade body TIGA has proposed that the British government set up a new Creative Content Fund for video games, investing £3 million ($4.9 million) in game developers each year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Steamworld Dig, Stick It to the Man studios form publishing partnership  
by Mike Rose [09.12.14]
Steamworld Dig studio Image & Form and Stick It to The Man team Zoink today announced a joint partnership, through which Image & Form will essentially act as a publisher and PR firm for Zoink.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Oculus consumer beta on the way next summer, new reports suggest 1
by Mike Rose [09.12.14]
New media reports suggest that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR hardware may be further along than previously thought, with a public beta version launching as early as next summer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Oculus CEO donates $31M to University of Maryland for computer science building  
by Mike Rose [09.12.14]
Brendan Iribe, the CEO and co-founder of Oculus VR, is donating $31 million to the University of Maryland to build a computer science building, with a focus on virtual reality tech.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Stalled engine: The TurboGrafx-16 turns 25 Exclusive 19
by Christian Nutt [09.12.14]
25 years ago, NEC released the video game system that fell first in the 16-bit console wars -- but what an interesting failure it was. The history of the TurboGrafx-16 as told by those who were there.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History

EA Mobile boss Gibeau: iPhone 6 'on par with next-generation consoles' 26
by Christian Nutt [09.11.14]
And his company is already prototyping a game made in its Frostbite engine for the device -- the same tech that powers its next-gen titles.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Atari games from that landfill are headed to museums -- and eBay 3
by Alex Wawro [09.11.14]
The Alamagordo city council has greenlit a plan to distribute the Atari cartridges dug out of a local landfill earlier this year: roughly half will be sold at auction, and the rest sent to museums.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

RuneScape developer to lose its CEO by end of year  
by Alex Wawro [09.11.14]
Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard is leaving the company after a seven-year run, five of which were spent running things. He has not explained his motivation for leaving, or who he expects to step up and fill his shoes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The dev who spent 13 years making his childhood game Exclusive 13
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
When Adam Butcher was 14, he had a vision for a video game that he wanted to make. It was a little bulky in scope, sure, but it was the game he wanted to play, and he had the tools to make it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Drawing talent to your indie studio when salaries aren't an option 1
by Alex Wawro [09.11.14]
"When you canít pay people up front, you need to be able to convince them that youíre a good bet," writes Guillaume Boucher-Vidal, founder of independent studio Nine Dots.
Indie, Business/Marketing

International film fest to screen Miyamoto-produced Pikmin movie 1
by Alex Wawro [09.11.14]
The 27th annual Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off next month, and this year the screening list includes a 3D animated Pikmin film produced by game industry veteran Shigeru Miyamoto.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Reminder: GDC Next's ADC 'Best in Apps' contest closes next month  
by Staff [09.11.14]
Developers have until 10/15 to submit their app to the Best in Apps free contest at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC and earn a free ADC pass.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

The SETI Institute is running its own game jam next month 2
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
The SETI Institute, a not-for-profit organization that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, has today announced that it is looking to get game developers involved via a game jam.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Star Girl studio sells majority share in its popular mobile franchise  
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
Animoca, a Hong Kong-based studio that creates smartphone games, has entered into an agreement to sell a controlling interest in its popular Star Girl game franchise.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Racing studio SimBin files for bankruptcy, now known as Sector 3  
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
Racing game studio SimBin, previously known for titles like GTR, GT Legends and Race Ė The Official WTCC Game, officially filed for bankruptcy earlier this month and changed its name.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing