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Early Access game Maia makes $1 million  
by Mike Rose [07.31.14]
Back in 2012, UK developer Simon Roth raised arond $237,000 through Kickstarter for his game Maia. Now the dev has made more than $1 million from the in-development game, and is opening a new studio.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The puzzle generation workflow in VR game Darknet 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.14]
"Every time the player goes through a level, theyíll have to complete at least a couple of puzzles to win. Thatís why itís so critical to make the puzzles unique and challenging."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Leaderboards: The original and best social feature 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.14]
A look at why leaderboards are so commonly implemented, what they gain you as a developer, and how players react to them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Gamasutra Explains: The YouTuber Phenomenon Exclusive 20
by Christian Nutt [07.31.14]
What do YouTubers do? Who are they? Why does it matter to you? Gamasutra looked into the phenomenon and created a handy guide so you can get up-to-speed on it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, YouTube

Blog: Who are my game dev heroes? 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"When I think of a game dev hero, I think of a person who I feel has impacted me on a personal level. Someone I aspire to be like or whose work greatly influences my own."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Making a shoestring-budget game for the Xbox One 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"Iíve been indie for almost nine years now and am still in the red, so Iíve gotten to a point where Iím loathe to spend another penny. Add to that I really had no idea how a game on the Xbox One would sell."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Using Scrum in indie game development  
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"At the end of the day, the team is what remains in a company, and it grows up with its experiences. In every case the team should learn a lot, to take the maximum advantage independently from results."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Blog: Why I'm no longer participating in game jams 17
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"I started feeling like game jams have become a forced frame for creativity, a required activity for those interested in making games. It's like we collectively started saying 'You wanna make games? Do jams.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Touch Love: Ledoliel and the world of Devine Lu Linvega Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.30.14]
Leigh Alexander spends time with Ledoliel, an often-intimate, often-violent alien negotiation app -- and looks into the distinctive world of its multidisciplinary creator, Devine Lu Linvega.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Exclusive

These girls are ready to shape the future of game development Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [07.29.14]
With help from sponsors and the expertise of Tim Schafer, Kellee Santiago and Tracy Fullerton, the Girls Make Games program has launched to resounding success, helping young girls learn game-making.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

How a groin glitch led to the commercial release of Mount Your Friends Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [07.29.14]
When Daniel Steger created the first prototype for hilarious multiplayer climb-em-up Mount Your Friends, he never planned for the concept to go any further.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

GDC Europe adds talks from Fireproof Studios and Chris Roberts  
by GDC Staff [07.29.14]
Fireproof cofounder Barry Meade and game industry veteran Chris Roberts join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Blog: Game-jamming in Taiwan 7
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.14]
A story about fostering a tight-knit video game development community -- and throwing game jams -- in Taiwan.
Indie, Design, Production

Duet, Mushroom 11 among this year's PAX 10 indie finalists  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.14]
It's that time again -- the organizers of the 2014 Penny Arcade Expo have once again selected ten indie games to be showcased in free booth space at the annual show in August.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is 'better' always better? 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"We as game developers are constantly trying to make the best game we can. The problem is that sometimes people forget about the 'we can' part in 'the best game we can.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Inafune advising new $15M investment fund for indie game startups  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.14]
VC neophyte Inflexion Point Capital is looking to make its mark on the game business by investing up to $15 million in promising game startups, especially Japanese mobile game makers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [07.28.14]
Make sure to check out our dedicated page highlighting key stories from Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, then download the whole report!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Introduction to steering behaviors for AI 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"'What is this entity thinking?' I was always fascinated with this question, and I loved how some triple-A game AIs were able to avoid obstacles... So I began to learn everything about complex AI."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Kim Kardashian Ruins Everything 9
by Kris Ligman [07.28.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the success of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood to how we talk about HipHopGamer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Why I made a game engine (in HTML5) 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"I was most excited about creating my own game engine because I wanted to know everything that was going on under the hood."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming