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Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Neal Stephenson pronounces his high-profile Kickstarter game dead 16
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
The author's Subutai Corporation has ceased development of its successfully Kickstarted game Clang and issued refunds to all backers who've asked, as the dev team moves on in search of work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: PAX, SIX, and the art of being everywhere  
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"Go. Go do things. Go to parties, go talk to exhibitors about their gamedev struggles, learn from all the experiences other people went through."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Steam adds support for five currencies, with five more coming soon 2
by Christian Nutt [09.17.14]
Players in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand can now pay for Steam games in their own currencies. Canada, Mexico, Korea, Turkey, and Norway are on deck.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 87
by Staff [09.17.14]
Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Solving the challenges of porting Fez to PlayStation  
by Staff [09.17.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Blitworks cofounder Miguel Angel Horna revealed with great detail his team's process for bringing Polytron's puzzle game to the Sony PlayStation platforms.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Reminder: 24 hours left to early register for GDC Next 2014  
by Staff [09.17.14]
With just over a day left until early registration for GDC Next featuring ADC ends on September 18, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at the discounted rate.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

One post, 27 indie production lessons 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
The developer of smartphone serious game Terrachanics shares lessons learned on the journey from conception to completion.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Maximize your impact! Exhibiting tricks for indies 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"Our little trip to PAX Prime cost us about $4,000 for two people. That’s a lot of money for an indie! When you spend money like that, you've got to be prepared to have a good impact."
Indie, Business/Marketing

IGF China 2014 reveals Main Competition and Student finalists  
by Staff [09.17.14]
The Independent Games Festival China has revealed the Main Competition and Student finalist games for its 2014 award ceremony, which celebrates leading indie games from throughout the Pan-Pacific area.
Indie, Design, GDC China

Be careful with kids' privacy - FTC hits developer with hefty penalty  
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
UPDATE Mobile game developer TinyCo is settling with the U.S.’ Federal Trade Commission after regulators accused the company of improperly collecting children’s personal information.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity Pro now free to all PlayStation developers 5
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
Game engine maker Unity said this morning it would be making the full Unity Pro suite free to all licensed PlayStation developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Some invaluable 2D tools from the Unity Asset Store 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"It helps to have good tools. And to call Unity a 'good tool' would be a ridiculous understatement. But like everything else, it's got limitations.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Production

Blog: Could streaming copyrighted content soon be made a felony? 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"Recent comments by the acting deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division make it clear that there is a push for harsher penalties for streaming copyrighted material."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Finding the beat in Crypt of the NecroDancer Exclusive 8
by Ryan Clark [09.17.14]
Brace Yourself Games launched its rhythm-based roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer earlier this year. Here, creator Ryan Clark explains how he stumbled upon -- and carefully tweaked -- the game's signature beat mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game jams aside, itch.io's doing brisk business distributing games 1
by Christian Nutt [09.16.14]
The popular site, perhaps best known as a free portal to host game jams, is beefing up its free indie marketplace offerings -- and has broken down its stats in incredible detail.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: One player is enough, or handling feedback 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"I discovered a notification letter from one of the websites with a comment about the game. This was the comment that settled my perspective on the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Devs don't market games the way they'd like, says GDC Next survey 2
by Staff [09.16.14]
The results of GDC Next featuring ADC's discoverability survey reveal several fascinating trends in the way that modern game makers handle their marketing and community outreach efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to shoot photographs for better 2D in-game art 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"If you’re living in a big city, Beijing, Paris, Prague, you will not be short of museums. These are good places to hunt good antique pictures."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Blog: A.I. Lessons: The cost of memories 20
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"At this rate a year in-game would take about 2000 megabytes or 2 gigabytes and 50 years in-game would take about 100 gigabytes. This is just for about 7 characters."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design