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Our Kickstarter: Scraping by without a scam, just working with fans 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"Every active player (and many a past player returning) was compelled to pledge. Not because they wanted to support the game, but because the rewards were irresistible for a player."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Super Mario Galaxy's planets wouldn't work so well in real life 3
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Students at a British university have put together a fun paper centered around the Super Mario Galaxy universe, stating that most of the planets presented in the game series would simply explode in real life.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve clamps down on Steam key resellers with new 30 day gift rule 6
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Valve has updated the rules behind trading games via the Steam platform, such that users must now own a newly-purchased gift for at least 30 days before they can trade it on.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

iOS App Store downloads spike in October, reaching record high  
by Christian Nutt [11.24.14]
The release of two popular new phones has helped to heat up the already popular market -- a 39 percent rise year-over-year for app downloads.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Video: Expert advice on how to make your indie games stand out  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Game designer Raph Koster hustled indie developers Adam Saltsman, Rami Ismail and Zach Gage into a room at GDC Next earlier this year to ask: as an indie, how do you successfully market your work?
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

American McGee takes casino games for a spin Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse has once again shifted strategy, teaming up with gambling game company Odobo to add slot games to McGee's previously Kickstarted action game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Analysts: 2015 will be the year cloud gaming finally takes off 1
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Analysts believe the recent launches of the PlayStation Now and Nvidia Grid game streaming services will be a one-two punch that catapults "cloud gaming" to mainstream relevance by the end of 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PA universities net $750k state grant to grow local game industry  
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Three Pennsylvanian universities have applied for and won a $750,000 "Discovered in PA" state grant to expand the state's burgeoning video game and digital entertainment industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

In Blood Sport, you give blood when you get shot 5
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
UPDATE A Toronto-based team is looking to gamify giving blood, by hooking a set of Xbox controllers up to blood collection machines, and taking the set-up on tour.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GTA V is now the best-selling game of all time in the UK  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
Following its next-gen launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto is now the best-selling video game of all time in the United Kingdom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony says it couldn't effectively test Driveclub 8
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
"They hit a hiccup. I prefer people to have the ambition to try that, though. It's no fun being safe all the time." - Sony's Shawn Layden says that there's no way they could have anticipated the problems for Driveclub.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft: Ten years of change  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
MMO designer Laralyn Williams reflects: "I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about: the flexibility and responsiveness of the development team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nordic Games opens Munich studio for new SpellForce title 1
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
Nordic Games has put together a new real-time strategy game studio in Munich, that will focus on building a third core title in the SpellForce franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

App Store optimization tips: Choosing keywords  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
A quick guide to choosing the right keywords -- crucial for getting found. "They should be the words that best explain or relate to your app or game. The first rule is that they should be relevant."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines fan remake shut down by CCP 7
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
A fan remake of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines has been shut down by EVE Online studio CCP Games, the copyrights holder for Bloodlines.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Double Fine loses a project, and lays off 12 staff 12
by Christian Nutt [11.21.14]
Confirmed: San Francisco independent studio Double Fine (Broken Age, Costume Quest 2) today laid off 12 staff after losing a deal for an unannounced project.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop: Players expect to pay just $35 for triple-A game downloads 15
by Christian Nutt [11.21.14]
What players expect to pay for digital downloads of triple-A games is a much lower price than publishers would most likely want them to, according to GameStop.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analysis: GameStop agrees with Nintendo - Game devaluation must stop 39
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
GameStop estimates $100 million of digital content given away in 2014; president Tony Bartel says, "the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Is there life after World of Warcraft? 2
by Neils Clark [11.21.14]
Are MMO populations 'tribal', and if so, what's the next tribal shift after World of Warcraft? In this 2007 feature, academics including Henry Jenkins and Edward Castronova discuss the future of online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Right of publicity: How you can legally put a celebrity in your game 8
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"While being a 'public figure' may make it difficult to libel or defame someone, their status as public figure actually helps their right of publicity lawsuit against you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing