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Take Two: 'If it's offensive to you, then you don't buy it' 34
by Phill Cameron [12.10.14]
Take Two has responded to Target Australia's decision to pull Grand Theft Auto V from the shelves, claiming the action "flies in the face of everything a free society is based on."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why THQ shut down: A look inside 1
by Christian Nutt [12.09.14]
"We really made some questionable business deals. Near the end, we were still getting screwed for Nickelodeon games, which we hadnít worked on in years. We still owed a ton of money."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook unveils its game of the year - including mobile hits  
by Christian Nutt [12.09.14]
Though its social game revenues are declining, there are still millions of players using the service to either play games or use it as a recommendation engine on mobile. Here are its 2014 picks.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Twitch makes an acquisition of its own by buying a talent agency  
by Alex Wawro [12.09.14]
Video game streaming platform Twitch has closed a deal to acquire GoodGame, a San Francisco-based talent and marketing agency dedicated to esports and video game broadcasters, for an undisclosed sum.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix cedes Tomb Raider publishing duties to Microsoft 9
by Alex Wawro [12.09.14]
In a fairly unsurprising move, a Microsoft representative confirmed on Twitter that his employer, not Square Enix, will be publishing Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

App Annie adds Windows Store support to its analytics platform  
by Alex Wawro [12.09.14]
Analytics firm App Annie has finally added support for the Windows Store to its suite of digital game market research tools, nearly three years after Microsoft launched the storefront.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Making a game in 1993: A look back at the Amiga 500 21
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.14]
A look back at the Amiga 500, a classic PC embraced by the European development scene in the 1990s, and what sprung from this fertile ground, as limited as it may have been.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History

Chilled Mouse is a new digital publisher from the Kuju cofounders  
by Alex Wawro [12.09.14]
Kuju Entertainment cofounders Jonathan Newth and Ian Baverstock have taken the wraps off Chilled Mouse, a new UK-based digital games publisher with a focus on indie titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

DayZ creator returns home to launch his own studio: RocketWerkz  
by Alex Wawro [12.09.14]
After leaving Bohemia Interactive, DayZ creator Dean Hall has put out the call for developer to join him at his nascent New Zealand studio RocketWerkz.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The messy interplay between Steam and uPlay in AC: Unity 13
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.14]
"All told, it took me 14 steps to purchase MTX inside of Steam inside of uPlay inside of Steam. Had I been purchasing as an organic player, I would have abandoned my purchase early on in the funnel."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Longtime exec Larry Probst to leave EA, but remain on its board  
by Christian Nutt [12.08.14]
As revealed by an SEC filing, Probst -- who served as the company's CEO for 16 years -- will cease to be an employee of the company in 2015.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

China's getting its own free-to-play, online Borderlands  
by Christian Nutt [12.08.14]
Following in the footsteps of Activision and its Tencent-backed Call of Duty Online, 2K has partnered with Chinese publisher Shanda to turn Borderlands into a free-to-play game.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Alcorn and Baer on making the Brown Box and Pong  
by Staff [12.08.14]
In this GDC 2008 talk, Ralph Baer and fellow trailblazer Allan Alcorn (the creator of Pong) speak about how they went about creating the video game software and hardware that launched our industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Threes and Monument Valley are Apple's games of 2014 3
by Alex Wawro [12.08.14]
It's that time of year again: Apple has named its top apps of 2014, recognizing Threes and Monument Valley as the best iPhone and best iPad games of the year (respectively).
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Brothers director founds Hazelight, a new indie studio in Sweden  
by Alex Wawro [12.08.14]
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director and filmmaker Josef Fares has founded a new independent studio, Hazelight, in Stockholm with a handful of ex-Starbreeze compatriots who worked with him on Brothers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

The era of monetizing pain and misery in games is over 17
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"Instead of making them fear 'monetization opportunities,' how about instead giving them something they value. Not just for pain mitigation, but for the long-term?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Analysts project very healthy holiday period for Nintendo 1
by Phill Cameron [12.08.14]
With 2014 seeing the release of Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros., along with the launch of Amiibos, analysts are projecting Nintendo to make a tidy profit this year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Metal Gear Online included with Metal Gear Solid V  
by Phill Cameron [12.08.14]
The recently revealed Metal Gear Online will be included with all copies of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has confirmed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

General Patton's estate suing over use of likeness in video game 7
by Phill Cameron [12.08.14]
CMG Worldwide, the agent managing the use of George S. Patton's likeness for the Patton family, is suing Maximum Games over the use of his likeness in History Legends of War: Patton.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Q&A: What's next for the Gear VR headset?  
by Alex Wawro [12.08.14]
Max Cohen serves as Oculus' VP of mobile development, and he recently spoke to Gamasutra about what the launch of Samsung's mobile Gear VR headset means for the future of mobile VR game development.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing