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Updates » Console/PC
Wii U eShop audience is 93 percent male, 18-plus 7
by Christian Nutt [08.28.14]
According to new stats released by the company at Unity's Unite event in Seattle, Nintendo's audience for download games isn't as young as you might expect.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

IGDA issues statement condemning harassment  
by Christian Nutt [08.28.14]
The International Game Developers Association responds to events where developers and other industry members have been "the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

When Company of Heroes vets build the next Age of Empires... 6
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
When Smoking Gun Interactive was offered the chance to pitch a mobile Age of Empires to Microsoft, the studio didn't need to be asked twice.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring Software Engineers  
by Staff [08.28.14]
The house that built Neverwinter is looking for programmers to join their Los Gatos, CA-based studio and work on massively multiplayer online games.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Video: Miegakure dev offers perspective on designing 4D movement 5
by Alex Wawro [08.28.14]
A new promotional video for Marc Ten Bosch's 4D puzzler Miegakure seeks to explain how the game implements four-dimensional movement as a puzzle-solving mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Let's retire the word 'gamer' Exclusive 139
by Brandon Sheffield [08.28.14]
"The word 'gamer' is regressive. It accepts the portrait of us painted by the mainstream news media, and every time I hear it or read it it actually makes me feel a little sick."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Exclusive

'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over. Exclusive 202
by Leigh Alexander [08.28.14]
'Game culture' as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- itís not even culture. Itís buying things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and itís getting mad on the internet.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Making an effective tutorial 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
How to tutorial: "Like everyone else, I hate tutorials. Eventually over several iterations, I settled on a much more decentralized tutorial system."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Standalone Kinect for Xbox One available from this October 1
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
Earlier this year, Microsoft launched the Kinect-less Xbox One in a bid to offer more options when purchasing the console. Now the company will make the Kinect available as a standalone product.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Freedom, simplicity of solo development in The Next Penelope Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
The developers behind Hell Yeah! needed the game to be a big hit if Arkedo was going to keep making games. When Hell Yeah! fell short, one of Arkedo's founders tried something new.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

CCP closes San Francisco offices, loses two key executives  
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
With revenue and profits down year-over-year, EVE Online company CCP Games has chosen to shutter its San Francisco studio, and lost two of its U.S. executives.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Phoenix Labs is a new studio from former League of Legends vets  
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
A band of ex-Riot Games veterans have come together to form a new studio in Vancouver, with a focus on AAA multiplayer titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: They shout louder 33
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"'They shout louder because theyíre losing.' I donít think itís true, because I think the capital C Conservative group of people who play games arenít losing. The more I think about it, the more I believe they lost years ago."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Pretend it matters - a Ludum Dare postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"I decline to draw sharp lessons from this, no what-went-right or what-went-wrong. Each new approach has a little of both."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Selling a game before it's 'done': Tips and insight for paid alphas Exclusive 8
by Kris Graft [08.28.14]
These days, some of the most successful games out there aren't even out yet. Developers engaged in notable paid alpha campaigns share their experiences so far in a roundtable Q&A.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

A peek at the metal: Metro dev talks PS4 vs. Xbox One performance 1
by Christian Nutt [08.27.14]
"We may push 40 per cent more pixels per frame on PS4, but it's not 40 per cent better as a result... your own eyes can tell you that."
Console/PC, Programming

Video: A Lucasfilm Games postmortem, told by those who lived it 2
by Staff [08.27.14]
This GDC 2014 postmortem featuring six of Lucasfilm Games' earliest employees asks the questions: "What mix of creative and business forces shaped this studio?" and "Could it be duplicated today?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: WB Games / Monolith seeks a senior software engineer  
by Staff [08.27.14]
The Washington-based studio working on Shadow of Mordor is looking for an engineer to help plot the future of its graphics technologies.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Wage gauge: Industry salary stats from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [08.27.14]
In this edition you'll find lots of great data aimed at preparing you for a career in game development, including the results of Gamasutra's most recent industry-wide salary survey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: Composition in level design - An in-depth examination 9
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.14]
A comprehensive look at what goes into creating first person shooter levels for a sense of visual composition -- and what that means in terms of guiding players to experience your gameplay best.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design