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France gets EU approval to bolster tax breaks for game developers  
by Alex Wawro [12.15.14]
The European Commission has approved the revised terms of France's Video Game Tax Credit legislation, giving the country a green light to make tax breaks more accessible for local game companies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

RPG design: Controlling the stream of mana in order to empower the player 15
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.14]
"Can we find a balance? Is there a way to give the player a long series of fights that have a continuity of resources between them, and yet each fight is interesting in and of itself?"
Console/PC, Design

What we use to make our 2D games 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.14]
"There are a ton of choices out there. My team and I always found it particularly helpful when other gaming companies revealed the development environment setup they found useful."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Managing your indie team: Communication, conflict, and playtesting 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.14]
Katie Chironis tackles several more topics you'll encounter on the road to release when managing an indie team -- including how to smooth over communication, handle conflict, and get a morale boost.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Historical equipment - From reality to game 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.14]
A modeler takes us from photographs of real-life equipment through modeling, texturing, mapping, and the final in-game result.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

The 5 trends that defined the game industry in 2014 19
by Kris Graft [12.15.14]
2014 was...something. But it was more than just groups of people at each others' throats over their opinions on video games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Unrealistic expectations for realism in games 25
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
How the pursuit of realism can shut down the player's imagination -- with a look at the evolution of the Silent Hill and Final Fantasy series, among others.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Localization can be hard but fun: Getting Ace Attorney into English 1
by Christian Nutt [12.12.14]
"I think [Ace Attorney] is really interesting because the translator has to step up, otherwise it's just not going to work. It's great to have projects like that. They keep you sane."
Console/PC, Design, Production

The latest games trademark controversy: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. vs STALKER 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
Attorney Jas Purewal weighs in on trademark issues -- and how a new plan to circumvent the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trademark by West Games "is going to end in tears."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How leaderboards entice players, and how to create them 5
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
"Being cognizant of your game's goals and understanding your game's audience and their goals, providing different types of leaderboards can create incredibly strong impulses to play."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

TIGA wants games reclassified as 'cultural' items in Europe 1
by Alex Wawro [12.12.14]
Supported by local game developers, UK game industry trade body TIGA has called for European authorities to reclassify video games as 'cultural products' like film or music, rather than as software.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2014: Breaking the NES for Shovel Knight 20
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
Yacht Club Games programmer David D'Angelo details how breaking but "being aware of the rules... led to the game feeling clear and simple; one of the hallmarks of a great NES game."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Why fear should be easy in games (but isn't) 14
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
"On the surface of it, fear (as a narrative device) is a pretty simple concept, and one that fits really well with video games... but there are a number of difficulties."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How game design has changed in the 15 years since Havok's debut 3
by Alex Wawro [12.12.14]
15 years after the debut of Havok, company chief David Coghlan reflects on how the field of 3D game design has changed as the technology we use to make games has evolved.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Captain Toad and the core of Nintendo game design 22
by Christian Nutt [12.12.14]
What makes Captain Toad special -- what sets it apart? And how does it fit into Nintendo's body of design work? This blog by Christian Nutt offers an answer.
Console/PC, Design

What games can learn from the engagement layers of Papers, Please 8
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
"Papers, Please gets players engaged in the idea of document checking by designing more than just a reward structure, but layering rewards to weave a complex and difficult context around making a very simple decision."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

12 tricks to selling your ideas, your game, yourself 12
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
"I attempt to demystify the science and psychology of selling (pitching). I'm writing primarily for small indie game developers who will often need to pitch themselves."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Steam Holiday Auction event exploited and withdrawn 2
by Phill Cameron [12.12.14]
Steam's Holiday event this year, which was an auction where players bid to win free games, was instantly taken offline today as an exploit was discovered within its "gem" currency.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Capcom Europe has a new CEO  
by Phill Cameron [12.12.14]
Kunio Neo, the current CEO of Capcom Europe, has stepped down, with Hiroshi Tobisawa taking his place.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The architecture of Piranesi and Boullée, and how it could inform games 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.14]
"Working off of a sense that Piranesi and Boullée are unknown by most game designers, I felt that it was most important to express what I see as valuable in either's imagery."
Console/PC, Art, Design