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Don't Miss: Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director 4
by Kris Graft [09.26.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Video: Beyond Spreadsheets - Generating operational impact with analytics  
by Staff [09.26.14]
While dashboards and KPI reporting are obligatory -- yet certainly helpful -- standards to track the performance of your game, they are bound to only look in the past.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

After six years, PlayStation's virtual world is closing its doors 10
by Kris Graft [09.26.14]
Sony confirmed today that its avatar-driven virtual world PlayStation Home would be shutting its doors in North America on March 31, 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to name a game in 5 steps 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"It took us almost 4 years to name our game. The process had me adding the US Patent and Trademark Search to my browser bar, and murmuring awful name ideas like 'Savant Horizon' in my sleep."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Are the new Steam Discovery tools having any effect on game sales? Exclusive 25
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Earlier this week, Valve made one of the biggest changes to its Steam platform ever, with game recommendations based on a variety of factors, including "Steam Curators."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Quality in games 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"It is by no means trivial to try to maximize the value of the stakeholders who matter. But it is something you need to think about when you are making a high quality, high value game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Optimizing tower defense design for focus and thinking 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"We want to LET the player focus, freeing up as many mental resources as possible. This in turn lets us crank up the difficulty of the game's thinking-based challenges without overwhelming or stressing out the player."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Art-style iteration: Frustrating, but worth it in the end 9
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Heather Chandler of game studio Elephant Mouse discusses how her team iterated on the art style of mobile game Robots Need Love Too.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Getting that game design idea out of your head and into production 1
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Industry veteran William Anderson answers the question "How do I get one of my idea or concepts into development?" in depth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Amazon has now completed its acquisition of Twitch  
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Amazon has completed its acquisition of livestreaming platform Twitch, according to a new SEC filing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

One-third of American teens and adults play mobile games 2
by Christian Nutt [09.25.14]
We've all heard how mobile gaming has sucked in players who weren't fans of the medium before it got accessible, but here are some numbers to back up that assertion.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Judge invalidates patents, freeing pubs and devs from lawsuits 10
by Christian Nutt [09.25.14]
A production company called Planet Blue has sued a huge number of game companies over the years -- but under new patent law, its patents have been invalidated and its claims dismissed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Telltale Games is hiring a senior character modeler  
by Staff [09.25.14]
The studio behind story-based games such as The Walking Dead is hiring a senior character modeler to "create appealing characters for Telltale games."
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

GDC Next reveals talks on the business of launching your next game  
by Staff [09.25.14]
Execution Labs cofounder Keith Katz and Pug Pharm Productions CEO Steve Bocska will deliver cutting-edge business and marketing talks at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game Analytics 101 - Should I deal with this? How do I start? 9
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"I hear a lot of talk from game developers about becoming “data driven” and incorporating analytics into their business models, but the people I talk to generally can’t describe what that means in terms of their company."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Art of video games may influence art of war with new project 1
by Kris Graft [09.25.14]
A new program from the U.S.-based think tank Atlantic Council is looking towards video games in order to inform what real war might look like in the future.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

The key principles of writing for branching game conversations 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"Games are games, of course -- not novels or films -- but that only makes this subject more important. The Player character, in most types of games, is the utterly dominant presence."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How to shoot photos to make better, cheaper 2D game assets 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"It’s quite important to know what wonderful sites, museums, mansions and castles your city have, what things are in display. And you should be quite familiar with the blocks around your home/office."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

MLG looking to provide 'the definitive solution' for eSports events 2
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Major League Gaming, one of the biggest eSports organizers worldwide, is looking to bring its eSports events tools to the masses, with a new partnership today.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony hopes PlayStation profits can help quell its overall losses 2
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Sony is hoping that boosted profits for its PlayStation division will help the company to ease its currently dire financial situation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing