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Get a job: MMORPG-focused Goblinworks is hiring a Programmer  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Tabletop RPG fans with MMO game dev experience, take note: Goblinworks is hiring a programmer to join the team working on a Pathfinder MMORPG in the studio's Redmond, WA office.
Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

Analysts: 2015 will be the year cloud gaming finally takes off 1
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Analysts believe the recent launches of the PlayStation Now and Nvidia Grid game streaming services will be a one-two punch that catapults "cloud gaming" to mainstream relevance by the end of 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Charting distinctive features in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
An academic look at how "distinctive features" open up games to study: "Games are as diverse as the humanity that created them. This means that trying to sort games in definite, discrete categories is fruitless."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

World of Warcraft: Ten years of change  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
MMO designer Laralyn Williams reflects: "I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about: the flexibility and responsiveness of the development team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Why you want cross-functional team members  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
"You are hurting the agility of your company or project if you have an over-reliance on the concept specialization and arenít encouraging teams to work collaboratively to spread knowledge and skills."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Ten years of World of Warcraft 8
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
Raph Koster looks back at the MMO juggernaut: "If anything, itís possibly the biggest game design achievement in all of virtual world history."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Don't Miss: Is there life after World of Warcraft? 2
by Neils Clark [11.21.14]
Are MMO populations 'tribal', and if so, what's the next tribal shift after World of Warcraft? In this 2007 feature, academics including Henry Jenkins and Edward Castronova discuss the future of online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft subscriptions shoot up to 10 million as Draenor launches 2
by Christian Nutt [11.19.14]
The company has sold 3.3 million copies of the new expansion, World of Warcraft's fifth in its 10-year history, to players.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Disruptor Beam nets $3.2M in funding to keep making social games  
by Alex Wawro [11.19.14]
The developer of Game of Thrones Ascent will use the money to expand, acquire more licensed properties and continue development of its upcoming Star Trek social game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Analyzing and interpreting feedback from your community 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.14]
"Monument Valley is currently being discussed as a cautionary example of the dangers of charging for paid content updates on mobile. Bad reviews are bad... right?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Where does F2P Game of Thrones fare better, Facebook or iOS? Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [11.18.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Disruptor Beam about the effect a popular license has had on its Game of Thrones F2P game, and how people play the game differently on Facebook, iOS...and Kongregate.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Embrace the apocalypse: Why competitive endgames and server resets make sense 11
by Gamasutra Community [11.17.14]
"When I was first confronted by the idea of a server-ending apocalyptic endgame, I was sad about losing all the stuff I worked so hard to build. But then I figured nothing lasts forever."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

See how top F2P spenders are shaping our industry at GDC 2015  
by Staff [11.14.14]
Kongregate cofounder and CEO Emily Greer returns to the Game Developers Conference in March to share insight into the personalities, play patterns and spending habits of top F2P game spenders.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Congratulations! You're a game dev lead...Now what? 20
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
A guide from Insomniac's Mike Acton: "Congratulations! Youíre a lead. Now what? In general, whatever skills youíve demonstrated that got you to this point arenít the same things youíll be doing from here on out."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

See how Storm8 cooks up a successful mobile sim game at GDC 2015  
by Staff [11.12.14]
Storm8 game design chief Dan Scheidegger is coming to GDC 2015 to run down exactly what worked -- and what didn't -- during development of Restaurant Story 2.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

ESA: U.S. game industry grew 4x faster than the national economy 2
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
The ESA reports the United States video game industry is growing faster than the national average, though it has slowed in the past decade and remains unevenly consolidated in a handful of states.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Follow the code 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"Follow your code to conclusion as soon as you can. Create the stovepipe from coals to smoke, that guarantee that your entire system works end-to-end as soon as possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Obama calls on FCC to keep the internet 'free and open' 4
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
The president asked the FCC to uphold net neutrality by forbidding ISPs from blocking or throttling access to websites, games and other online services, or in turn cutting deals for privileged access.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Going beyond graphics to reach visually impaired players  
by Staff [11.10.14]
A group of developers and advocates join together to share advice at GDC 2014 on how developers can make games that are accessible and appealing to a vastly underserved market: the visually impaired.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo rally behind new game awards show 12
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
Geoff Keighley is planning to produce The Game Awards, a new industry event that will see its debut broadcast live from Las Vegas this December with support from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing