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Texas slashes government incentives for video games and film  
by Christian Nutt [05.29.15]
As the two industries clash over who gets what, a lack of compromise and heightened scrutiny from politicians means that the latest subsidies are looking very lean by previous standards.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Composing adaptive music for video games using Elias 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.29.15]
A how-to guide: "I immediately fell in love with its intuitive interface and powerful features. I was able to turn a linear composition into an adaptive score ready for a video game in less than an hour."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Exploring games from the creator's perspective  
by Gamasutra Community [05.29.15]
Tools for taking a critical eye to games: "An analysis can be broad or focused. It can take a little or a lot of time. But in any case, it should answer your questions, your needs."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

10 things you should know about artists  
by Gamasutra Community [05.29.15]
An experienced industry artist compiles a short and readable a list of important things about how artists work, with help from her peers -- essential reading for collaborators from other disciplines.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Production

Video: What playing poker taught me about designing game AI  
by Staff [05.28.15]
At GDC 2015 Intrinsic Algorithm's Dave Mark shares a newfound love of poker, some of the logic required in playing the game, and how it relates to AI problems that developers face on a daily basis.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Saying goodbye to game grad school: A personal postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.28.15]
"There are so many arcs and characters from NYU and the events surrounding my time there that these years are really just the latest book in a series thatís finally found its footing."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, Student/Education

An approach to balancing game economies using spreadsheets  
by Gamasutra Community [05.28.15]
"At a high level, these are the techniques I use in Excel to accomplish this common task in a way that keeps my economy organized and ensures that it is easy to maintain and update."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Ex-AAA talent aims to shake up mobile with a game-like chat app  
by Staff [05.27.15]
A group of developers have left jobs at companies like Remedy and EA to launch Futurefly, a Finnish startup that aims to build mobile apps with built-in gameplay mechanics -- starting with a chat app.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe and learn how Bohemia nabs DayZ cheaters  
by Staff [05.27.15]
Make time to attend GDC Europe 2015 this August and learn how Bohemia Interactive fought back against cheaters during development of its hit Early Access title DayZ.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

Video: Making games you play for years - A Clash of Clans postmortem  
by Staff [05.26.15]
Speaking at GDC 2015, Clash of Clans developer Jonas Collaros took a shot at deconstructing the hit game's development history and asking: what lessons can developers learn from Supercell's Clash?
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Using a real-time feedback system to make better games  
by Staff [05.25.15]
Unknown Worlds' Hugh Jeremy explains how and why building a real-time sentiment feedback system into its open-world undersea exploration game Subnautica helped the studio make a better game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 8
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Why Guild Wars 2's 'execution'-style ban was a bad idea 18
by Katherine Cross [05.22.15]
ArenaNet recently banned an infamous hacker from its MMO Guild Wars 2 -- by way of virtual execution. But public humiliation is not really the way to go about it, argues Katherine Cross.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

How to use Photoshop Layer Styles: An advanced guide for game illustrators 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"If you're like many Photoshop users, you might not use Layer Styles much. Or maybe you think that they're only good for cheesy bevel and drop shadow effects. Actually, Layer Styles can be very powerful."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Armor for dummies, and/or game developers 43
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
A crash course in realistic armor design, since "some game character designers, not having to deal with physical items or the dangers of real battle, don't quite grasp some of the basics of functional armor design."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

PSA: European Innovative Games Showcase submissions close this Friday  
by Staff [05.20.15]
GDC Europe 2015 officials are still seeking submissions to the 2nd annual European Innovative Games Showcase at the Cologne, Germany show this August. You still have time!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC, GDC Europe


The future of Konami is 'mobile first', says company chief 11
by Alex Wawro [05.15.15]
In a new interview, Konami chief Hideki Hayawaka explains that he's planning to "clearly divide management and creative roles" as he transitions the company to focus on mobile.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

$200M in profits for Candy Crush maker, in a single quarter 1
by Alex Wawro [05.14.15]
Social game company King continues to reap big profits in the face of flagging revenues and an expanding game catalog that still revolves around its flagship title: Candy Crush Saga.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An MMO dev reflects on the decade of World of Warcraft 21
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.15]
Raph Koster looks back at the MMO juggernaut: "If anything, itís possibly the biggest game design achievement in all of virtual world history."
Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing