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Online community and culture wars: What do we know? Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [03.02.15]
What can we learn from the significant community challenges the gaming community faces? Online gaming veterans Raph Koster, Gordon Walton and Rich Vogel share fascinating sociological lessons.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Reactive game dev: How Serious Sam 4 became The Talos Principle Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Croteam kicks off the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit with a talk on how the Serious Sam studio taught itself a new way to make games as it embarked on its first puzzle game: The Talos Principle.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

@ Play: The return of Toejam & Earl 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
The return of roguelike column @Play! "Toejam & Earl is a game that is dear to my heart. Although it is a slow-playing Sega Genesis game, it has excellent design and gameplay."
Console/PC, Design

The lay of the land: A critical look at Dark Souls II's DLC 10
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
"Dark Souls II, as a world, is a kind of tracing of the prequel: generalities are carried over while arrangements and subtleties have been lost."
Console/PC, Design

Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone 63
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
You'll still pay a royalty on any commercial projects you make, but say goodbye to subscription fees -- the popular engine is now completely free to try.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK retailer Game expands into eSports with Multiplay acquisition  
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
U.K. retailer Game has announced a deal to acquire Multiplay, a long-running U.K.-based video game event firm, for 20 million (~$30.1 million USD) as it expands into eSports and digital PC games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Match game mechanics: An exhaustive survey 15
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
An exhaustive look at 2D matching puzzles: "We played and analyzed many match games to deconstruct their mechanics. In this article we share our findings."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The art of abstract game design  
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
"As soon as you decide to make a game abstract, you immediately raise the learning curve of your game. This can be mitigated by clever thematic choices and use of visual metaphors."
Console/PC, Design

Preparing for Steam Greenlight with a Concept Page 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
"The main lesson I learned with this campaign is that the Concept audience probably does not represent the Greenlight audience. Despite that, I still believe that using Steam Concepts is worthwhile."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Double Fine's 'heartfelt and personal' Hack 'n' Slash: A postmortem 5
by Brandon Dillon [03.02.15]
Project lead Brandon Dillon walks us through what went right and wrong during development of Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash, an open-world exploration game about hacking and reverse engineering.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: What is the purpose of game development? 15
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"'What is the purpose of game development?' I will take a leap beyond game development and quote Alejandro Jodorowsky: 'What is the goal of life? It's to create yourself a soul.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Renegade kid's Jools Watsham (Xeodrifter) on the Metroidvania  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
What's the appeal of the genre? Read here the expanded full-length interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- find out everything he had to say about why the Metroidvania matters.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Riot clarifies stance around League of Legends streams  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
When a pro Korean player called "Faker" was being streamed against his will, and in violation of his promotional contract, Riot was forced to jump in.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC 2015 coverage begins!  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Click this link to be magically transported to the central location for Gamasutra's GDC coverage -- which is already full of good stuff, and which will be live from the show in San Francisco starting Monday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

On indie game pricing 33
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
Dan Adelman -- formerly Nintendo's indie guy, now a consultant to independent devs -- outlines exactly why a game like the upcoming Axiom Verge is worth $19.99, and what goes into indie pricing.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Study: 19% of eSports fans would pay $200 for eSports tickets  
by Alex Wawro [02.27.15]
Eventbrite surveys over 1,500 people who attended eSports events, and the full results hold some interesting learnings for developers -- especially those making games that shine during live events.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Molyneux reflects on indie dev and the rebirth of design  
by Staff [02.27.15]
At GDC 2014, 22cans founder and industry veteran Peter Molyneux talks through what he learned as a developer who "grew up indie" and worked in AAA before going indie again with 22cans.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Road to the IGF: Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack's creation, as well as its inspirations.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Exclusive, IGF

Tim Schafer and Nathan Vella host next week's GDC and IGF awards  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Double Fine's Tim Schafer is set to host this year's 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2015, while Capy's Nathan Vella returns to host the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

5 essential playability-focused activities every game should budget for  
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"Here are five practical tasks that every studio -- large or small -- should be including in their game development cycle in order to improve their player experience right from the start of the project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production