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Harmonix using Kickstarter alternative Fig to crowdfund new game  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.15]
Video game crowdfunding platform Fig has found another high profile partner, with Harmonix announcing it'll be bringing a mystery title to the new service later this later.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

2D animation pipeline for Political Party Animals 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.03.15]
"I wrote about my decision to stick to frame by frame animation, mostly because itís what I know best. Now Iíll go into a little bit more detail in the hopes that you guys might pick up a thing or two from it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Quad-buffered stereoscopic 3D with Unity 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.03.15]
"I will explain two methods to achieve this. The first one is complex and I was using it since 2011. The second one is simpler and an out of the box feature in the latest Unity release, 5.1.3."
Console/PC, Programming

What if anyone at your studio could pitch a game? Ubisoft aims to find out 12
by Alex Wawro [09.03.15]
Child of Light creative director Patrick Plourde speaks to Gamasutra about building Ubisoft's Fun House skunkworks, where anyone can pitch a game using the Fun Box toolkit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Court rules for Gran Turismo in trademark suit, cites First Amendment 12
by Christian Nutt [09.02.15]
Flooring manufacturer Virag sued Sony over Gran Turismo's depiction of its trademark on a race course -- but the case has been dismissed, in a case that has broader First Amendment implications.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

2015 Unity Awards nominees announced  
by Christian Nutt [09.02.15]
Plenty of excellent games are on the slate for the engine's annual award show; statues will be handed out this month in Boston, at the Unite conference.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, VR

QC Games is a new studio from BioWare expats who cut a deal with Nexon  
by Alex Wawro [09.02.15]
A number of BioWare expats have joined together to launch QC Games, an Austin-based online game studio that has signed a deal with Nexon America to publish its inaugural project.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Now you can take apart Epic's UE4 VR tech demo to see how it works  
by Alex Wawro [09.02.15]
Heads up, UE4 devs: Epic has made the "Showdown" UE4 tech demo it brought to Oculus Connect last year freely available to download and deconstruct.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Secrets of Mario level design from Nintendo's Hayashida Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [09.02.15]
In this classic interview, Koichi Hayashida, director of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS and Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii, shares some of Shigeru Miyamoto's secrets for engaging level design.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Report: The world's most popular, most profitable iOS games are 3 years old 9
by Alex Wawro [09.02.15]
A new App Annie report posits that 2 games released in 2012 are the most popular, most profitable iOS games of all time, and the top 10 most popular iOS games of all time are all at least 2 years old.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Why we built our own tech for our indie game 25
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
"We hear two things from people who see our game for the first time: 1) They're surprised weíre not using Unity. 2) They canít figure out how we created the game's look. These two things are directly related."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Platforming with paint: Making a splash with INK 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
"We have been overwhelmed by the response INK has had. This only motivates us to keep supporting the game a little bit longer, and adding features we had to cut during development."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Undead Labs shutting down struggling RPG, Moonrise  
by Chris Kerr [09.02.15]
State of Decay developer Undead Labs will be closing down its free-to-play Pokťmon-esque RPG, Moonrise, on December 31.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Super Mario Maker: Nintendo's essence, in your hands 16
by Christian Nutt [09.02.15]
An in-depth analysis of Super Mario Maker as a piece of creative software, as a vehicle for game design, and as the culmination of Nintendo's star franchise.
Console/PC, Design

Latest PlayStation 4 update brings YouTube integration 1
by Chris Kerr [09.02.15]
Sony's latest PlayStation 4 software update will make streaming easier than ever, with the company announcing it will be giving PS4 owners the ability to livestream gameplay directly to YouTube.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Guiding principles from a Far Cry 4 artist 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
Now promoted to a senior level at Ubisoft Toronto, Far Cry 4 modeler Jobye Karmaker offers up his "guiding principles" for building game art on that project.
Console/PC, Art

Get a job: Red 5 Studios is hiring a Lead UI Programmer  
by Staff [09.01.15]
Firefall developer Red 5 Studios is looking for an experienced UI coder to join the team at the studios' Irvine, CA offices and work with the programming team to improve the game's front-end.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Unreal Engine 4.9 update improves DX12 and VR motion controller support  
by Alex Wawro [09.01.15]
Epic Games rolled out the latest version of its engine this week, and the full Unreal Engine 4.9 update spans everything from expanded VR headset and mobile platform features to experimental DirectX12 support.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Don't Miss: What Metal Gear Solid 4 taught us about war economies Exclusive 6
by Zoran Iovanovici [09.01.15]
Writer Zoran Iovanovici examines Metal Gear Solid 4's polarizing relationship with the military-industrial complex and the war economy in this classic 2010 feature.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Nintendo opens a digital download store on Amazon in the West 1
by Alex Wawro [09.01.15]
This week Nintendo launched an Amazon storefront that allows customers to directly purchase codes for digital versions of (mostly first-party, for the moment) Wii U and 3DS games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing