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Blog: Lessons learned while pitching my game company to investors 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"Hopefully what Iíve written here will prove helpful to those of you looking to get through your first pitch. Itís worth the effort!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Batch processing for indies 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"Batch processing means doing a lot of similar things all at once. People don't bake one cookie at a time, instead they make all the batter at once and get a lot of cookies created."
Indie, Production

Infinifactory and the next generation of the 'Minecraft genre' Exclusive 10
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Zach Barth about Infinifactory, and how he's attempting to build the next-generation for the block-building genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Kinect for Windows SDK updated: Devs can now sell apps through Windows Store 1
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
A new, free SDK brings updated functionality to the device, including the ability to launch apps on the Windows Store -- alongside an adapter to use an Xbox One Kinect with the PC.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

An introduction to cross-game promotions  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"The allure of cross game promotions and where they are at their best is providing sales to each series involved while giving fans something extra for their appreciation."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

What's next for Unity and its new CEO? Co-founder David Helgason explains 51
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
Today, Unity announced that co-founder and CEO David Helgason would be stepping down, to be replaced by EA veteran John Riccitiello. Gamasutra speaks to Helgason about his new role and the company's future.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: The Super Meat Boy postmortem 45
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [10.22.14]
Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash indie hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that led to the remarkably successful retro revitalization.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Shield Break Studios is hiring a Senior Engineer  
by Staff [10.22.14]
Orange County startup Shield Break Studios is looking for a senior engineer with strong C++ skills to work on its debut title, the multiplayer melee combat game Bierzerkers.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Recruitment

Implementing music and sound effects in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
On coding audio support in a simple smartphone game in Unity: "Thankfully, a simple audio system that just works isn't too terribly hard to implement in a small project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Audio

Helgason steps down as Unity CEO, and John Riccitiello steps up 35
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Unity founder David Helgason has stepped down from his position as CEO. His replacement is none other than Unity Technologies board member John Riccitiello -- former CEO of Electronic Arts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Developing games with random number generators 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"Random numbers are a surprisingly interesting area of programming. Though at first they may seem very simple, they are actually quite challenging to both create and work with."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Video blog: 10 things you need to know about game dev 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
Beginners come into the industry starry-eyed at the possibilities before meeting the hard realities. This video presentation from educator Lewis Pulsipher is designed to deliver those truths.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 4
by Teddy Lee [10.22.14]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

High-budget Kickstarters struggle, as Uber ends Human Resources campaign 20
by Christian Nutt [10.21.14]
With a goal of $1.4 million dollars, it seemed likely Human Resources wouldn't make it -- and now it won't, as the developer announces it's ceasing its campaign. It's not alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

U.S. government releases open source gamification software 3
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made some of its internally-developed gamification software available for free on GitHub under the MIT free software license.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Local multiplayer on a global network: Porting Nidhogg to PSN Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
Developer Mark Essen speaks to Gamasutra about why he entrusted a third-party studio with the task of porting his tense two-player fighting game to PSN, building a whole new engine in the process.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Exclusive

Get a job: The Odd Gentlemen are hiring a Sound Designer  
by Staff [10.21.14]
Wayward Manor developers The Odd Gentlemen are expanding, and they're looking to hire an experienced sound designer to work alongside them in Los Angeles on the development of King's Quest.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why devs share responsibility for YouTuber disclosure 24
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Mary Engle, associate director for Advertising Practices at the FTC, about what both YouTubers and publishers should be considering when it comes to disclosure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Stories in games: The little things 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"I think itís great design to give players the choice of setting their own pace. Itís about focusing on a core game that leaves the player wanting more so they will go exploring for these details once they grasp the scope of things."
Console/PC, Indie, Design