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This Week in Video Game Criticism: Everybody Loves Garrus 4
by Kris Ligman [04.21.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics including the political agenda of Halo and why Garrus Vakarian is Mass Effect's most enduring character.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring an Environment Artist  
by Staff [04.21.14]
The developer of the Tomb Raider reboot is looking to hire environment artists to work alongside the cinematics team in its Redwood City, CA office.
Console/PC, Art, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Blog: 25 years of Game Boy 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
Brian Davis (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon) shares memories of the joy of getting a Game Boy in his youth, as Nintendo's first portable system turns 25.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How I beat burnout and started having fun making games again 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
An independent game developer writes about the dangers of crunch, the wonder of flow and his path from recovery to burnout.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: Ethical game design - My precepts 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"A simple set of precepts that I can easily remember and refer to for guidance. They aren't perfect, but they're enough to remind me of what I've decided is important."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

It's been 25 years since Nintendo first released the Game Boy  
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan on April 21, 1989, which means that a ton of 25-year retrospectives and tributes to the little brick have been published. Here's one worth reading.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Diversity, Halo, and the 'sexual/political agenda' of Fragments of Him 13
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"It is possible to see an agenda in Halo, if we wish to look for it, just as it is possible to see one in Fragments of Him, but I know which game is more likely to be discussed in terms its agenda."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Nate Wells has left Naughty Dog for Unfinished Swan studio 3
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
The Last Of Us lead artist Nate Wells has left Naughty Dog to serve as art director at Giant Sparrow, a small studio in Santa Monica, CA that's working on an unannounced project.
Console/PC, Art

Improving freemium design: A Cardinal Quest II analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
Independent game and monetization designer Ben Sipe takes a close look at turn-based hack-'n'-slash adventure Cardinal Quest II, a free-to-play game from developer randomnine.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

'Let them slug it out on mobile or Steam' - the quiet benefits of Nintendo's eShop 9
by Staff [04.21.14]
While game developers vie for players' attention on increasingly crowded digital storefronts, there is one online market that, to some developers, is quieter and more manageable: Nintendo’s eShop.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Chinese online game companies in $100 million buyout deal  
by Staff [04.21.14]
Perfect World and Shanda Games, two notable companies in the burgeoning Chinese online games market, are in the midst of a buyout worth tens of millions of dollars.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Reflections on an indie failure: A StarLicker postmortem 12
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"StarLicker was an unsuccessful game in almost every way imaginable. We made a lot of mistakes on this project, but through this process, our skill as game developers improved dramatically."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Book review: OpenGL Development Cookbook  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
We have very advanced books like GPU Pro, and books for beginners like OpenGL SuperBible. It is great to see a book that is something between those two extremes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Q&A: The weird, wacky success that is Goat Simulator Exclusive 9
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
Coffee Stain Studios CEO Anton Westbergh explains how a game that started out as a game jam joke became a real, tangible product, and why game developers should lighten up once in a while.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

RockYou's new strategy: Rescue games that other publishers don't want 3
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
RockYou is taking over Digital Chocolate and Playdom titles in two separate deals that bring 3 to 4 million players -- and some of the games' developers -- into its direct purview.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Breaking down the seven-year development of Antichamber 3
by Staff [04.18.14]
Indie developer Alexander Bruce shares what his development philosophy and what he learned in a postmortem discussion of the development of Antichamber given at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault, GDC

'What's the best game dev educational resource you've ever used?' Exclusive 2
by Staff [04.18.14]
There's a lot of great educational resources out there that can help you refine your game development skills -- the trouble is knowing where to look.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Kickstarter gets challenging: Cult County, and the potential for failure 13
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
Despite spending a lot of effort on the campaign prior to launch, this post from Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- as well as its comments -- illustrate the challenges of funding games on Kickstarter.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: How DevOps can impact the experience of free-to-play games  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"There are a host of technical issues that can -- and will -- undermine the player experience, even in the best-designed games."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

The long, tricky road to release for musical exploration game Fract OSC Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
Around four years in the making, psychedelic music exploration adventure Fract OSC is finally getting a well-deserved release.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video