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The early days of Lucasfilm Games, as told by those who lived it 4
by Alex Wawro [03.20.14]
Lucasfilm Games alumni Noah Falstein, Ron Gilbert, Chip Morningstar, David Fox, Peter Langston, and Steve Arnold shared tales of the studio's formation during the inaugural GDC studio postmortem.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Indie publishing on Xbox One 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.14]
What does it take to get your indie game onto Xbox One? Robert Fearon has a chat with Chris Charla, head of the company's indie dev program ID@Xbox, to find out exactly where things sit.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Practical advice about queer characters in games 9
by Leigh Alexander [03.20.14]
Writers and developers tackle some of the most practical questions game developers have about how to address inclusivity in games, from worries about tokenism to the importance of the challenge.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

What makes Gone Home a game? 39
by Brandon Sheffield [03.20.14]
There has been a lot of (very silly) debate about whether Gone Home is a "real" game. While the "yes, it definitely is," camp has almost certainly won that particular argument, at a GDC session, Steve Gaynor expanded upon this a bit.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Pump up the Volume: A candid chat with Mike Bithell Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [03.20.14]
Volume dev Mike Bithell discusses how if he were launching Thomas Was Alone now, it'd be a whole different ballgame.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

The Last Of Us wins top honors at Game Developers Choice Awards 1
by Staff [03.19.14]
Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure game netted Game Of The Year during the 14th annual GDCAs, which also recognized games like Papers, Please and industry luminaries like Anita Sarkeesian and Ken Kutaragi.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, GDC

Papers, Please takes the grand prize at 16th annual IGF Awards 4
by Staff [03.19.14]
Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game -- and its accompanying $30,000 cash prize -- this evening at the 16th Annual Independent Games Festival.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

For women in games, getting to the top is only the beginning 42
by Brandon Sheffield [03.19.14]
In an impassioned talk debunking several myths about women in game development, Elizabeth Sampat, designer at Storm 8, cautioned women against complacence once they make it to the top.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Inafune: 'My heart is healthier and soul is freer as an indie' 3
by Simon Parkin [03.19.14]
Keiji Inafune, former global head of production at Capcom told a GDC audience tonight that the independent game movement might return Japan's industry to its former glory.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Brenda Romero dreams of games and greatness  
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Brenda Romero received a standing ovation for a heartfelt, passionate talk on how game designers can be inspired by the world's greatest restaurant chefs and pursue, unflinchingly, greatness in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Key quotes from GDC's fiery Indie Soapbox session  
by Simon Parkin [03.19.14]
Selected quotations from a series of six-minute talks delivered during the Indie Soapbox Session delivered at GDC 2014 yesterday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Four publishing challenges the game industry isn't ready for Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Venture capitalist Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital says very few video game executives have a good grip on the revolution of our industry's publishing rules -- he outlines four new challenges.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing, Mobile Games, GDC

Facebook sends 735 million referrals to games every day Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [03.19.14]
In a statistic released to Gamasutra, Facebook explains how mobile/web connectivity boosts game performance -- as Facebook's Dan Morris touts the power of the platform.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

After leaving Konami, 'IGA' takes a leap and trusts his fans 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Koji "IGA" Igarashi discusses the risks of going indie in Japan, where few strike out on their own -- and how it's worth it to finally be able to try making the kinds of games he's known for again.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Oculus opens preorders for second-generation Rift dev kit 7
by Alex Wawro [03.19.14]
Oculus' new development kit is more expensive and more capable than its predecessor, with improved support for Unity and Unreal Engine 4.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic radically changes licensing model for Unreal Engine 61
by Christian Nutt [03.19.14]
Today at GDC, the Epic founder showcased Unreal Engine 4, and noted that it's going to a subscription model -- $19 a month, with devs Epic paying royalties on shipped games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Popular game dev tools come to PlayStation 4 with native support 5
by Kris Graft [03.19.14]
Popular game development tools and middleware are coming to PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wednesday during the Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Practical techniques for ray tracing in games 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"Techniques which you can use to integrate ray tracing into your game engine. The techniques described are yield a big benefit in visual quality, and in some cases, performance."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art

Blog: By 2020, make the game industry 50/50 39
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"Many kids want to grow up to be game designers, but it may be a long road for some of these idealistic youngsters, especially girls... In 2013, women represented 13 percent of the industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Flash is dead. Long live OpenFL! 32
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"I need something open-source, so I don't have to wait for basic features or bugfixes. And shucks, it'd be nice to have the same API as Flash so porting my old code isn't a nightmare... it's called OpenFL!"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming