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Blog: 25 years of Game Boy 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
Brian Davis (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon) shares memories of the joy of getting a Game Boy in his youth, as Nintendo's first portable system turns 25.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How I beat burnout and started having fun making games again 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
An independent game developer writes about the dangers of crunch, the wonder of flow and his path from recovery to burnout.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: Ethical game design - My precepts 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"A simple set of precepts that I can easily remember and refer to for guidance. They aren't perfect, but they're enough to remind me of what I've decided is important."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

It's been 25 years since Nintendo first released the Game Boy  
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan on April 21, 1989, which means that a ton of 25-year retrospectives and tributes to the little brick have been published. Here's one worth reading.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Diversity, Halo, and the 'sexual/political agenda' of Fragments of Him 13
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"It is possible to see an agenda in Halo, if we wish to look for it, just as it is possible to see one in Fragments of Him, but I know which game is more likely to be discussed in terms its agenda."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Nate Wells has left Naughty Dog for Unfinished Swan studio 3
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
The Last Of Us lead artist Nate Wells has left Naughty Dog to serve as art director at Giant Sparrow, a small studio in Santa Monica, CA that's working on an unannounced project.
Console/PC, Art

Improving freemium design: A Cardinal Quest II analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
Independent game and monetization designer Ben Sipe takes a close look at turn-based hack-'n'-slash adventure Cardinal Quest II, a free-to-play game from developer randomnine.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

'Let them slug it out on mobile or Steam' - the quiet benefits of Nintendo's eShop 9
by Staff [04.21.14]
While game developers vie for players' attention on increasingly crowded digital storefronts, there is one online market that, to some developers, is quieter and more manageable: Nintendoís eShop.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Book review: OpenGL Development Cookbook  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
We have very advanced books like GPU Pro, and books for beginners like OpenGL SuperBible. It is great to see a book that is something between those two extremes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Q&A: The weird, wacky success that is Goat Simulator Exclusive 9
by Alex Wawro [04.21.14]
Coffee Stain Studios CEO Anton Westbergh explains how a game that started out as a game jam joke became a real, tangible product, and why game developers should lighten up once in a while.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: Breaking down the seven-year development of Antichamber 3
by Staff [04.18.14]
Indie developer Alexander Bruce shares what his development philosophy and what he learned in a postmortem discussion of the development of Antichamber given at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault, GDC

'What's the best game dev educational resource you've ever used?' Exclusive 2
by Staff [04.18.14]
There's a lot of great educational resources out there that can help you refine your game development skills -- the trouble is knowing where to look.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Kickstarter gets challenging: Cult County, and the potential for failure 13
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
Despite spending a lot of effort on the campaign prior to launch, this post from Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- as well as its comments -- illustrate the challenges of funding games on Kickstarter.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The long, tricky road to release for musical exploration game Fract OSC Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
Around four years in the making, psychedelic music exploration adventure Fract OSC is finally getting a well-deserved release.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Nintendo sued for patent infringement over Wii U display tech  
by Alex Wawro [04.18.14]
Secure Axcess has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo and various retailers in a Texas court over sales of the company's Wii U console, alleging it infringes on a 2003 patent.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

If Steam is too crowded, can we create an algorithm for discovering hidden gems? 23
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"My twitter friends are constantly giving visibility for 'hidden gems' and I think we should keep doing that. At the same time, I think we can supplement those efforts with some mathematical tools."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Blog: I went to the woods - Tracy Fullerton's Walden 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"Walden has been in development for nearly seven years, and it served as a centerpiece to Tracy Fullertonís musings on what game narrative is evolving towards."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Meridian: New World is a full-blown classic RTS - made by one person Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
When Ede Tarsoly started development of Meridian: New World way back in July 2011, he had a main goal in mind: Create the perfect old-school styled real-time strategy game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Reminder: GDC Europe 2014 call for talks ends Monday  
by GDC Staff [04.18.14]
Don't miss the April 21 deadline to submit proposals for talks, roundtables and panel sessions at GDC Europe 2014, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Can we learn anything from strange old adventure games? 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
Leigh Alexander goes retro: "I'm interested in what happens if we apply the let's play format to unexpected titles -- strange old games, or design spaces with defunct or unconventional structures."
Console/PC, Design