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Shuttered S.T.A.L.K.E.R. studio GSC reopens for business  
by Alex Wawro [12.22.14]
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series developer GSC Game World appears to be back in business after shutting down in 2011, with a new website and a new game in development.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How to estimate the time needed for game localization  
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.14]
A quick guide for both the localization company and the game developer or publisher -- how to create a realistic estimate of the time it'll take and, then, the cost of that time.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

2015 IGF announces Design, Audio juries  
by GDC Staff [12.22.14]
Proceedings are well underway for the jurying phase of the 2015 Independent Games Festival, in which discipline-specific experts play and discuss the merits of the nearly 650 games entered.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The three sources of quality in game audio  
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.14]
"When considering 'quality' in both the output and processes of a game audio department, there are three key areas... These three areas all place the user experience first and foremost."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Kerbal Space Program postmortem coming to GDC 2015  
by Staff [12.22.14]
Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe Falanghe is coming to GDC 2015 to share the story behind the development of KSP through its many updates, and what it takes to succeed on Early Access.
Console/PC, Design

Gamasutra's Best of 2014: Simon Carless' Top 5 Games 1
by Simon Carless [12.22.14]
"I'm super happy that lists of best games are getting a lot more personal. I tend to like titles which appeal to my borderline ADD issues - quick replayable games that have some interesting skill elements."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

KerbalEdu receives its first major update  
by Phill Cameron [12.22.14]
Kerbal Space Program's developer Squad and TeacherGaming have released the first major update to KerbalEdu, adding a mission editor, force arrows display and a flight recorder.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Making Before: A 'collective consciousness game' of survival  
by Phill Cameron [12.22.14]
We talk with Bill Lowe, creator of Before, about developing a group-survival sim, signing with Facepunch studios, and getting featured at The Game Awards.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2014: Brandon Sheffield's Top 5 'research' games 6
by Brandon Sheffield [12.19.14]
"In order to make sure I'm on the right track, sometimes I like to ground myself by playing games that have similar systems or elements to what what we want to achieve."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

On 'comprehensive game criticism' and plastic ghosts of the past 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.14]
A step toward formulating a useful game criticism, by looking at a weird, old game: "The first word that comes to mind when I think of Perfect Dark: 'bloated.' It's also highly hypocritical, game design-wise."
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo prevails in yet another patent suit 1
by Christian Nutt [12.19.14]
Though it suffered a major setback in a case against Philips recently, the video game giant has yet again won a case that could have stopped sales of the Wii U.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Oculus VR is hiring a Gameplay Engineer  
by Staff [12.19.14]
Got a passion for virtual reality? Oculus VR is looking for an experienced developer to join the team in its Seattle, WA office and work on creating "game-like experiences" for the Oculus Rift.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

How to solve the PC resolution problem 16
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.14]
"One of the biggest problems with creating a PC game is figuring out what resolution to use, and how to give the users the same experience regardless of the size of screen with which they view the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art

Video: How games reflect the tension between our hearts and minds  
by Staff [12.19.14]
In a wide-ranging GDC 2014 talk, NYU Game Center chief Frank Lantz explored how games are made, played and talked about in an effort to better understand the ways in which people look at the world.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Our indie game bombed... But a year later, we've sold 100,000 copies 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.14]
A year after bombing, a developer comes back to report: "One year ago we released Ethan: Meteor Hunter on PC -- we sold 127 units. As of today, we have sold 112,567 units."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Best of 2014: The Rolodex 63
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.14]
"We should hire based on merit rather than gender." It's a great idea in theory, but can it work in practice? Jenn Frank discusses in this outstanding blog post.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take care of yourself: A tip from the 2014 Game Career Guide  
by Staff [12.19.14]
In this edition, Frog Fractions developer Jim Crawford offers some advice for indies and student developers: take care of yourself and your team, so you (and your game) don't fizzle out!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

For Miyamoto, games are more about systems than stories 5
by Alex Wawro [12.19.14]
Nintendo frontman Shigeru Miyamoto spoke briefly with the AP last week about the company's plans for the future, shedding some light on its approach to development in the process.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game audio pillars  
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.14]
"The thought here is to provide high-level transparent goals for the audio department within a development environment, and to serve as a series of checks and balances by having a longer term strategic outlook."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Chicago's High Voltage plans New Orleans expansion  
by Alex Wawro [12.19.14]
Chicago-based High Voltage Software has laid plans to open a new office in Louisiana next year, and will be taking advantage of local tax incentives to do so.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing