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This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Sleeping Dogs to Diaspora  
by Zolani Stewart [10.15.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from the instrumentality of NPCS to reading Sleeping Dogs as an Asian American.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Getting the most out of the events you attend 9
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
Planning to attend an expo? Here, one indie developer posts about his experiences applying some lessons he learned from Rami Ismail and Mike Bithell on getting the best out of events.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk following death threats 179
by Kris Graft [10.15.14]
Yet another high-profile, violent threat against a woman in video games has made national headlines.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Blog: Was ending my Steam Greenlight campaign the right thing to do? 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"After looking at the numbers 100 days later, we’re still only 20% of the way into the top 100 games. That’s much too far away from being Greenlit."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: The weapon-crafting system of Mercenary Kings Exclusive 10
by Jonathan Lavigne [10.15.14]
I'm going to explain a challenge we had when developing the weapon customization system, and how we solved it. This question was this: "How do we define and balance all stats for 300 gun parts?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Driven from her home, dev speaks out against harassment, irresponsibility 30
by Kris Graft [10.14.14]
Just days after receiving death threats that drove her from her home, game developer Brianna Wu of independent game studio Giant Spacekat met the alleged facilitator of her harassment head-on.
Indie, Video

Robin Hunicke joins UC Santa Cruz's game program as an instructor  
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
The Games and Playable Media program picks up the Journey producer and co-author of the influential MDA framework as an Associate Professor of Art & Game Design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Unreal makes major upgrades with 4.5 release 1
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Epic Games releases a big upgrade to its engine technology, with a slew of fixes and improvements; more than 40 were contributed from developers outside the company.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Humble Bundle branches out to a new game platform: your browser  
by Alex Wawro [10.14.14]
The folks at Humble have dropped their latest bundle on a new platform: your browser. The organization has partnered with software firm Mozilla, which continues to push browsers as a game platform.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Catching up with Amazon Game Studios, as it announces four games 5
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Amazon's Ian Vogel about the studio's ongoing "experiments" in games, as it announces four new ones -- and its "commitment" to the space, and becoming a "cultural powerhouse."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

One way to spice up a point-and-clicker? Lots of minigames Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [10.14.14]
A Golden Wake appears to be another classics-inspired point-and-click adventure game. But for developer Francisco Gonzalez, A Golden Wake is his attempt to breathe some new life into the genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Porting a PC adventure game to mobile: Struggles with resolution issues  
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"We cannot just stretch the game scene to fit the device screen, as this will distort the aspect ratio. Game ports with graphics having distorted aspect ratios always look horrible."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production

Unity not up for sale, says co-founder and CTO 12
by Christian Nutt [10.13.14]
Rumors have been swelling for over a month that the popular engine provider is on the block -- but one of its founders has taken to its forums to deny a sale.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

The secret histories of indie games: What was uncovered at IndieCade 2
by Bryant Francis [10.13.14]
In conventional discussions on game history, names like Nolan Bushnell or Hiroshi Yamauchi rise to the top. But in all histories, there are also secret histories.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, History

Blog: Unity - King of the web, teacher of children, betrayer of men 21
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Bottom line? Unity is an amazingly versatile piece of software whether you are building a prototype or a triple-A title. But it has a rather spotty history when it comes to new deployment platforms."
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Why I quit the PhD program at MIT to start a game studio 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"We’ve come a long way since the early days of staying up all night to play over instant messenger, but our philosophy remains the same: build the game that WE want to play."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

No more fire & ice: Rethinking RPG magic 34
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Offhand can you think of any RPG where the first offensive spell you learn is NOT 'Fireball' or something similar? It’s disturbingly difficult."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Future Unfolding studio receives funding from EU, Indie Fund  
by Mike Rose [10.13.14]
Spirits developer Spaces of Play was the latest studio to receive funding from the Indie Fund last month, for its upcoming game Future Unfolding. Now the Berlin-based company has also received monetary backing from the European Union.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing