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Yet another storefront to sell your Linux games 2
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Gog.com finally adds Linux to its portfolio of supported platforms today, announcing that it now sells over 50 Linux-compatible games and will be adding more in the months to come.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: WildStar's CREDD system explained 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
"WildStar CREDD can be used to lengthen a subscription by one month, allowing players to exchange game gold for game time. If players don't want to farm gold, they can just pay a regular subscription fee."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: One simple hack to crack IAPs in the developing world 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
"Why is it that you are able to get the same levels of engagement and retention from the developing world but not the same percentage of payers and pretty much no monetization at all?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: The story these stories aren't telling 12
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
Elizabeth Sampat takes a look at the Gamasutra Salary Survey's gender wage gap and Brianna Wu's prominent story on sexism for Polygon and explores some of the issues they don't address.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony seeks to settle lawsuit over PSN data breach for $15 million 2
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Sony has agreed to a preliminary $15 million settlement in a long-running class action lawsuit over the PlayStation Network security breach in April 2011. Here's what they're offering to those affected.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Differences between software testing and game testing 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
A senior QA engineer at King (Candy Crush Saga) with a background in software testing and mobile phone QA takes a look at the differences between the two worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Video: 17 lessons for game developers, from Vlambeer's Rami Ismail 2
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
In a recent talk at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Ismail outlined (around) 17 lessons for game developers, with key takeaways like "Take business seriously" and "Don't take business seriously."
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Re-imagining the distinctive soundtrack of a classic video game 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
John Broomhall has come a long way since composing music for the X-COM series and Transport Tycoon. With more recent work under his belt, he looks back at some of his classic compositions.
Audio

Q&A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Exclusive 55
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics. Now, the branding maven can add the iOS App Store to her list of conquests.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

GDC Europe debuts sponsored sessions and a full Amazon dev day  
by GDC Staff [07.24.14]
GDC Europe 2014 organizers highlight a day-long sponsored developer day from Amazon and great sponsored sessions from Microsoft, Google, Epic and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Twitch's new 'Host Mode' allows channels to cross-promote 1
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
Whether you use it to help promote games from developer friends or it evolves in a way for popular channels to curate the feeds they like best, it could be a significant upgrade.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Facebook's Zuckerberg promises heavy investment in Oculus VR 1
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
"We can help define what the next generation of computing is going to be," said Facebook founder and CEO Zuckerberg, by way of explaining the $2 billion deal for Oculus VR.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing games to be impactful, not escapist entertainment 1
by Staff [07.23.14]
In this GDC 2013 talk, designer Jane McGonigal reminds developers that their games really do affect the lives of their players and gives design advice to ensure those effects are positive.
Console/PC, Serious, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Riot experiments with permabans to stamp out toxic behavior 36
by Alex Wawro [07.23.14]
The company is testing a new system in League of Legends that can permanently ban players for "extreme toxicity" like griefing and use of racial or homophobic slurs. Because, c'mon now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Facebook has good results on ad uptick, but game payments look weak  
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
In its latest quarterly results, revenue grew 61 percent year-on-year, but the company's big wins were advertising-related, with game revenues falling for the second straight quarter.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Mobile Software Engineer  
by Staff [07.23.14]
The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: An Architectural Approach to Level Design 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.14]
"Architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work, practical elements of how designers construct space are addressed along with experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Controversial Areal Kickstarter suspended, but dev soldiers on 6
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
Members of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. team launched a Kickstarter campaign for open-world game Areal -- but it's been kicked off the funding platform amidst irregularities and accusations.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Wii U won players over after E3, market report suggests 9
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
GameSpot Trax, the editorial site's analytics and research arm, suggests its readers have dramatically increased their interest in the Wii U following Nintendo's strong showing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing