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Deploying Unreal Engine 4 to the new Amazon Fire TV 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
I got a hold of an Amazon Fire TV this week, and wanted to see what it would take to get Unreal Engine 4 running on the device. Hereís how I went about it and what I learned during the process.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Microconsole

Feature boards: What's next for agile development? 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
A Feature Board serves the team. It shows them the state of each feature on a daily basis and leads to conversations that are necessary for a cross-discipline game team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Designing the surprise mobile game hit, Monument Valley Exclusive 7
by Kris Graft [04.10.14]
Monument Valley raced to the top of the App Store charts last week, coming virtually out of nowhere. Lead designer Ken Wong tells us about designing a game that stands out from the crowd.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

GaymerX2 accepting speaker submissions through end of April  
by Christian Nutt [04.09.14]
LGBT-focused game event GaymerX returns to San Francisco for its second year following a successful crowdfunding campaign -- and is accepting speaker submissions through April 30.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Goat Simulator: The power of free updates over paid DLC 12
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"You might argue that companies arenít charities, and that everything that costs has to be recouped, but having a good relationship with players is the best long-term investment you can make."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Can we make good games for everybody? 14
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I try to act as I perceive right and moral. Hence itís my opinion that what we seek is to treat everyone with equality."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Getting to grips with shaders: A programming primer 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
Many developers "wish they could wrap their head around shaders. Shaders always seem to solve a lot of problems, and often are referenced as to the solution to the task at hand."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Blog: Of money, games and trust 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"What IS fair? What is that model to pay for games -- and game devs -- which is intrinsically ethical, honest, and rewarding towards true talent and dedication?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Creating Contactics, a game on a business card 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I wanted a simple game, which would not take long to learn but dynamic enough to provide different playthroughs. I wanted to prove it was possible."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Frog Fractions creator finds value in keeping secrets 4
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Jim Crawford, the man behind Twinbeard Studios and the creator of Frog Fractions, shares his thoughts on how and why developers should cultivate a sense of mystery in their games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Blog: Valve, Steam, and empowering visual creatives  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"I think that a lot of these suggestions could be leveraged to make a stronger product, community, and empower a new generation of creatives."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Apogee Software: When the sultans of shareware went retail Exclusive GDMag Exclusive  
by Alexander Antoniades [04.08.14]
In this reprint from the February 1995 issue of Game Developer magazine, editor-at-large Alexander Antoniades describes Apogee Software's attempt to move beyond shareware development.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

Epic talks tools, tech and future of UE4 at upcoming U.K. dev day  
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Unreal Engine 4 subscribers can now register for a free ticket to Epic's next Unreal Developer Days event, which will take place next week -- April 17 -- at Staffordshire University in the U.K.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Scaling up analytics in time for Goat Simulator's launch  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"We knew Goat Simulator was going to be big. We have had to do a bit of scrambling to keep up with the traffic... I wanted to share some of the principles we used to prepare our service for the onslaught."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The first ID@Xbox self-published game launched today 1
by Mike Rose [04.08.14]
Nine months after Microsoft originally unveiled its ID@Xbox self-publishing program for the Xbox One, the first independent game to go through the system launched today.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Working in the game industry - A job to die for? 51
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"After worrying that my boyfriend had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed his car, we agreed on a compromise. He'd work his 20 hours of crunch a week by staying over two nights a week at a cheap hotel."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Blog: 5 tips for showcasing at a game conference 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"Itís imperative to plan ahead and plan well. A three-day showcase can be both fun and tiring! The more prepared you are, the more awesome you look!"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Single servings of story: Lessons from Wind Waker 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is pretty damn great, isnít it? But would you ever go see the movie version or read the novelization? I should hope not."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Meet Joonas Turner, Vlambeer's sound guy Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [04.07.14]
I was introduced to Joonas Turner at GDC last month by Vlambeer's Jan Willem Nijman. "You need to talk to this guy," he told me. "He's doing the sound for our games."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: #1ReasonToBe panel inspires standing ovation at GDC 2014 3
by GDC Staff [04.07.14]
GDC 2014 saw the triumphant return of one of the conferenceís most popular sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault