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6 key points from the 2014 Indie Salary Report Exclusive 15
by Kris Graft [07.23.14]
This is the fifth year for the indie developer salary report, in which we survey non-salaried game developers. 2013 was a mixed bag overall, with some salaries up, some down year-on-year.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Don't Miss: The beautifully intricate design of Else Heartbreak Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.22.14]
Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

A clever method for embedding user-generated content in shared images 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"What if we could build our sharing system on an existing social network, like Twitter? Send vehicle designs in tweets so Twitter would provide us with a reliable hosting solution, plus built-in social sharing and virality."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship? 16
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
A simple set of three rules for developers and backers designed to answer the question "Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship?" proposed by noted indie Lars Doucet.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 52
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Grinding and the burden of optimal play 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"Somehow I had made a game in which you repeat the same task (solving a hacking puzzle) over and over again. How did it come to this?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in! Exclusive 65
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Antialiasing procedural shaders in the Unreal Engine 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"When using texture mapping, most modern engines will take care of antialiasing for you. Procedural shaders do not share this luxury and the creator usually has to take care of this."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

'What are the greatest influences on your work as a creator?' 6
by Christian Nutt [07.21.14]
When we asked our Twitter followers what influenced them, we were hoping to hear lots of different things, and so we did.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: No more scapegoats -- Improving the public image of games 1
by Staff [07.21.14]
In this GDC 2013 panel, professor Ian Bogost joined Epic expat Mike Capps and the IGDA's Daniel Greenberg to argue against public misconceptions about games, and what we can do to counter them.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Developer of cancelled Yogscast game reveals where the money went 21
by Alex Wawro [07.21.14]
Winterkewl Games' lead developer Kris Vale has published a frank accounting of how the indie studio managed to spend nearly half a million dollars in Kickstarter pledges without making a game.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

When an artist creates games... 14
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
"We keep talking about video games as art but there’s still this big gap between the video game world and the contemporary art world; we need to fill it. I want more of Pippin Barr feat. Marina Abramović."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Blog: Shifting priorities - The milestone problem  
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
How the unique nature of each game project means that the rigid milestone structure the industry follows is difficult to realize -- and a stab at redefining it to be more useful.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Finishing strong: A Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter postmortem 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
Red Hook shares data on how the Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter stayed strong in the middle of the campaign, and reflects on how effective its marketing/fulfillment strategies actually were.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: On the Perils of Selling Your Game  
by Kris Ligman [07.21.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from a Japanese lexicon for fun to getting lost in a crowded games market.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Network traffic culling 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
"By implementing simple network culling we were able to reduce traffic by 50 percent; from 2000 messages per second to +/- 1000."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Alaska Natives share their stories, culture through commercial games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [07.21.14]
After 20 years in traditional games, Sean Vesce aims to help the Inupiat people of Alaska share their culture and values with the commercial gaming audience through puzzle platformer Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video

Power Rangers studio goes after indie dev team over hero game 34
by Christian Nutt [07.18.14]
Saban Brands, the company that holds the Power Rangers IP, is targeting a rights-sharing deal for Behold Studios' Chroma Squad.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a job: Giant Sparrow seeks a Gameplay and Tools Programmer  
by Staff [07.18.14]
The folks who built The Unfinished Swan need a gameplay/tools programmer to build, among other things, 'lots of weird, blue sky prototypes' in Giant Sparrow's Santa Monica, CA studio.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Former Call of Duty, Gears of War devs join Bleszinski's new studio  
by Alex Wawro [07.18.14]
Boss Key Productions seems to be rapidly staffing up, pulling in experienced shooter developers from around the industry as it ramps up production on Project Bluestreak.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production