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Blog: Gods Will Be Watching and the question of fun 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
"Gods Will Be Watching makes a lot of experiments with the form and I am very happy that they did so. Sadly, not all of them paid off."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Amazon to acquire Twitch in a $970 million cash deal 16
by Alex Wawro, Christian Nutt [08.25.14]
UPDATE Twitch confirms the $970 million deal, writing that the acquisition is expected to close in the back half of this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Follow your dreams! ... Or maybe, don't 38
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
Defender's Quest dev Lars Doucet: "I am filled with absolute terror whenever I get a message like this in my inbox: 'You inspired me to quit my job to make indie games!'"
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Ageism to the Downfall of Neopets 9
by Mark Filipowich [08.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Mark Filipowich on topics ranging from the economic downturn of Neopets to ageism in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Game feel tips: Speed, gravity, friction 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
"If there’s anything in the world that is capable of moving me into instant tears, it's stiff movement in your video game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

PlayStation Network attacked over the weekend 3
by Kris Graft [08.25.14]
Sony confirmed that its PlayStation Network was the subject of a distributed denial of service attack over the weekend.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Why make a game a week?: Learning game development in public Exclusive 6
by Leigh Alexander [08.25.14]
Adriel Wallick has been making a game a week for some 38 weeks, and shares what she's learned in the liberating exercise -- and how a willingness to be vulnerable can help improve one's design practice.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC Europe

From the Gold Box to a new golden age 15
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
On how the classics pay it forward: "I am taking the elements I think are worthwhile (the gold) from ‘90s era RPGs and bringing it to a modern context."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Making Formula 1 accessible with Motorsport Manager Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
There's a mobile game crashing through the App Store paid charts right now -- and you might be surprised to hear that it's a Formula 1 simulation game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: How Girls Make Games aims to shake up the industry Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [08.22.14]
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

Reinventing the wheel: Why we made our own engine 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"After some months of development and close to finishing the game, the engine is very modular, allows to be easily extended, and revisiting an old method does not mean opening Pandora’s box thanks to the thorough API design."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

PSA: Developers, protect your accounts -- hackers are loose 16
by Staff [08.22.14]
Last night notable indie developers Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish and his studio Polytron were hacked. Here are some security tips.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Narrative and the MDA framework 5
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"Narrative can drive aesthetics by providing a general set of feelings you want to evoke, but it’s a mistake to write a full story at the start."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC Next debuts talks from Halfbrick, LA's Glitch City  
by Staff [08.22.14]
GDC organizers debut talks from Halfbrick's Ramine Darabiha (Fruit Ninja) & members of the Glitch City developer collective for the future-focused GDC Next, which will be held in Los Angeles this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Evolution of MMO maps: Moving bases 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"Astro Lords: Oort Cloud allows players to constantly move their bases. This blog outlines the opportunities and challenges it creates for game design, and the consequences it has on processing power and hardware needs."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Indie game dev advice and inspiration 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
A collection of advice from indie game luminaries. Now that you're making your own games, what should you do? These quotes and articles help keep things in perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

#welovegamedevs hashtag brings the love to game developers 6
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
A Twitter hashtag dedicated to showing support for game developers whose games have touched our lives is trending today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blizzard, ustwo win big at Unity Awards 2014  
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
Blizzard Entertainment and ustwo were the big winners at last night's Unity Awards, while numerous other studios were also honored at the event.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

5 tips for game localization success 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
Localization is complicated but worth the effort -- boosting your sales in foreign-language territories can be a real help. How do you prepare for it, though? This post offers helpful suggestions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Ouya ties up with China's number one smartphone maker 1
by Christian Nutt [08.21.14]
The microconsole start-up and its games will head to China as part of a deal with Xiaomi, according to a new report.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Microconsole