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Developers react: Amazon launches Fire TV Android microconsole Exclusive 12
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Gamasutra caught up with some developers making games for Amazon's Fire TV Android-based microconsole to learn more about why they decided to throw their lot in with the retail giant.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Supercell kicks off Hello World Open, a woldwide AI coding contest 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Clash of Clans creator Supercell is accepting applications for its inaugural AI coding challenge, the Hello World Open, in which small teams of developers compete to code the best driver AI.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Clint Hocking and Kim Swift join up with Amazon Game Studios 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Amazon continues to bolster its bench of game-making talent, most recently with the hire of noted game designers Kim Swift (of Soul Fjord) and Clint Hocking (of Far Cry 2).
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why first impressions matter for free-to-play games 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.14]
"People spend a short amount of time deciding if they like or dislike something (around 50 milliseconds). This gut reaction is often based on subconscious considerations."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Dangerous advice - 'Worldbuild only enough to support the story' 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.14]
"Instead of keeping writers on track, this advice can very easily create exactly the kind of hackneyed settings and narratives they so earnestly wish to avoid."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Xbox One to Windows Phone: Microsoft's new universal apps run on both  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Microsoft announced today that its Visual Studio 2013 IDE has, among other updates, been improved to allow developers to create apps that can be easily cross-ported to Xbox One and Windows devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Blog: Stepped on a Narrative Lego 11
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.14]
"BioShock developer Ken Levine held a talk at this year's GDC titled 'Narrative Legos' ... I immediately saw some fundamental issues with the presented system."
Console/PC, Design

Sev Zero is the first of Amazon Game Studios' Fire TV games  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Today we learned what Amazon Game Studios has been working on -- a full lineup of games for Amazon's Fire TV console, including the launch title Sev Zero.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Diversity, communication, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf Exclusive 1
by Christian Nutt [04.02.14]
Aya Kyogoku, co-director, and Katsuya Eguchi, producer, sit down and discuss the development of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and how fostering a diverse, communicative team leads to the best results.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

Blog: 5 reasons players leave your game 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
A survey of over 80 games "scored against over 50 criteria. From this we can identify why players leave games before they have the potential to become engaged and loyal players."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Blog: Why 'worse' is better for Early Access games 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
What's driving the popularity of Early Access games like DayZ and Rust over more polished or complete competition?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Hero Generations interview with creator Scott Brodie  
by Alex Wawro [04.01.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Scott Brodie about Hero Generations, the procedurally-generated roguelike about fame, fortune and the importance of family that he's trying to revive through Kickstarter.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Can you avoid getting cloned? 19
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
If your game focuses on a simple mechanic, like Threes, it can easily be cloned -- but there are ways to protect your design. This blog post dives into the issue.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

A house divided: Siblings compete in public game dev contest 2
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
Chris and Ryan Campbell are brothers, coders and aspiring indie game developers. To stay motivated during development they've started a public sibling rivalry -- The One Year Game Dev Duel.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Square Enix president admits that company 'lost focus' 11
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
In a recent interview with Nikkei Weekly, Square Enix chief Yosuke Matsuda admitted that games developed for 'mass appeal' underperformed, while 'niche' games like the JRPG Bravely Default flourished.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: A Chaos interview with Julian Gollop  
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
A conversation with Julian Gollop (the original X-Com) about Chaos Reborn, his latest project, and how he came to create it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Getting creative when porting from PC to touch  
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
There's a big difference between using a mouse for an interface, and a finger on a phone -- and when your game requires direct manipulation of in-game objects, that's a pretty big leap.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Video blog: Deconstructing free-to-play 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"A deep analysis of the dynamics of some of the most popular F2P games, especially with regards to learning, engagement, and psychological effects."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: 3 rules for freemium game devs 12
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"While a lot of people simply hate the growing presence of microtransactions, I'm trying to dissect this new tool and just started a new quest for understanding and taming the beast."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Threes, clones and cornflakes: A view on 'casual games' Exclusive 46
by Leigh Alexander [03.31.14]
What can we learn from the Threes furore? Leigh Alexander takes the temperature on "casual games" business as usual, the value of brand names, and talks to 2048's 19-year old creator.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive