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Meridian: New World is a full-blown classic RTS - made by one person Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
When Ede Tarsoly started development of Meridian: New World way back in July 2011, he had a main goal in mind: Create the perfect old-school styled real-time strategy game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Reminder: GDC Europe 2014 call for talks ends Monday  
by GDC Staff [04.18.14]
Don't miss the April 21 deadline to submit proposals for talks, roundtables and panel sessions at GDC Europe 2014, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Monetization analysis: Crytek's The Collectables 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"On the face of it, one would expect The Collectables to make a big splash on the iOS marketplace. Yet the game has failed to crack the top 200 grossing for iPhone or iPad in the US."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

How did the App Store's first 'Indie Game Showcase' affect game sales? Exclusive 6
by John Polson [04.18.14]
Six of the developers chosen by Device 6 creator Simogo for the App Store's first Indie Game Showcase share their promotional sales data and reflect on its impact.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot might come to Steam 1
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
Two classic RPG titles, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, popped up on Steam Greenlight this week, courtesy of a development outsourcing company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rebranding beta testing with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"A massive repository of bug fixes and new features, a hungry community waiting for a patch, and limited time and resources for testing. How do you make sure the patch is stable before releasing it?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Should we fight piracy? 37
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"In my opinion, the most important message would be 'outsmart piracy in every way possible to make their system unstable and meaningless.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV Exclusive 10
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot Square Enix's failed MMO into an all-new project.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Microsoft lags behind Sony, with 5 million Xbox Ones shipped 20
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Today, Microsoft finally released some updated numbers for the Xbox One console: It's shipped 5 million units to retail so far, versus Sony's 7 million PS4s sold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

AMD's profits bolstered by continued demand for console chips  
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
The chipmaker -- now ubiquitous in this generation of game consoles -- continues to show big year-on-year gains as manufacturers gobble up its supplies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Banner Saga, CandySwipe devs resolve trademark disputes with King 6
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Stoic Studios and Albert Ransom claim to have reached an agreement with Candy Crush Saga maker King whereby their games may coexist without further trademark litigation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity bolsters its mobile toolset with Playnomics acquisition 1
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
UPDATE: Unity has confirmed an earlier report that it has purchased mobile game analytics firm Playnomics as part of an ongoing effort to offer developers a wider suite of tools and services.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Glitchspace is a first-person programming game Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
I've played pretty much every first-person puzzler under the sun, so it's rare to find a game that really throws me a curveball. Glitchspace is very much that curveball.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

IGDA announces latest appointments for board of directors  
by Staff [04.17.14]
The International Game Developers Association, a non-profit group for video game developers, has elected board members for 2014-2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game monetization design analysis - Clash of Clans 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
A look at how Clash of Clans' "well-designed core loop rewards players for being active and promises progress for each return session," based on the devs' own words.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Twitch expands to Europe with London offices  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
Video game broadcasting service Twitch has opened a new European office in London, UK, as the company looks to better serve the region's game streaming needs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Can Zynga change? FarmVille 2 launches on mobile today 5
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Zynga needs FarmVille 2, which launches today, to become its crown jewel on mobile -- but is that possible? Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to the developers to find out.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Here are the Smart TVs that will feature PlayStation Now  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
PlayStation Now, Sony's cloud-based video game streaming solution, is due to launch for the PlayStation 4 and certain Smart TVs this summer. Today, Sony revealed which televisions will host the service.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

New phishing scam sees hackers bypass Steam Guard security 6
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
Valve introduced Steam Guard back in 2011 -- a security measure that aims to protect Steam users. However, a new phishing scam has seen hackers manage to bypass Steam Guard completely.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

SHAREfactory: The next step for video sharing on PS4  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
Sony has introduced SHAREfactory, a set of video editing tools for the PS4 that grant players additional functionality, such as combining clips, laying themes and transitions over the top, and recording commentary for your clips.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video