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Video: Facing the challenges of making games for new audiences  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Veteran designer Kellee Santiago speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about the elation -- and terror -- that comes when you try to make a new kind of game for a new audience, and how you can tackle it head-on.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC Europe

Pixel Miner explores the constraints of the Pebble smartwatch Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Admittedly, I find myself glued to a screen most weekends, playing whatever takes my fancy at the time. Last weekend, the screen was a little smaller than normal.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Satirizing game development proves therapeutic for ex-AAA indies 2
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
Speaking to Polygon, game industry veteran Jordan Thomas shares some interesting insight into his work at Irrational directing Bioshock 2 and the genesis of his debut indie title The Magic Circle.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Download the 2014 Game Career Guide now! Exclusive  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Looking to advance your career in the video game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide is out now, and will help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Student/Education, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: BlitWorks reveals how it ports games like Fez Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
We catch up with one of the cofounders of BlitWorks, the port house responsible for the PSN versions of Spelunky, Fez and Jet Set Radio, to learn more about how the company does business.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

GDC Next wants to know how you promote your games  
by GDC Staff [08.20.14]
To better understand the industry before GDC Next 2014, conference officials are polling developers for their opinions on game marketing -- and giving away aGDC 2015 All Access Pass to one lucky participant.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

'Fail early'? It doesn't work in game dev 28
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
A veteran developer shares his take on the "fail early" mantra: "I have nothing but bad experiences when game companies talk about the importance of failing early."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Unity rolls out version 4.6, open-source initiative, Unity Cloud Build 7
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Today at its Unite conference in Seattle, Unity announced new initiatives and new features for its engine, and we have the details, with comments from CEO David Helgason.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

GDC Next adds ADC talks on second-screen design, mobile commerce  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Fresh talks on designing second screen experiences and mobile-friendly storefronts join the lineup of ADC talks at the future-focused GDC Next, which will be held in L.A. this November.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, ADC

Blog: Mobile gaming is a giant treadmill 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
"Every few months some new game comes along and goes viral, generating huge downloads and revenue ramps. But eventually they fade."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Bringing back Shadowgate 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
The story of the return of a classic, and the decisions that go into making a game fresh but still please fans who've loved it since the 1980s.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How I made a game with my kids 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
A developer tells the story of how his seven year old son's idea for a game called "Bees Get Dead" resulted in Beetastic, developed with his two kids and launched for iOS.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Due Process is the next game backed by Indie Fund 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Due Process, a team-based tactical shooter from indie studio Giant Enemy Crab, is the next game to be backed by Indie Fund.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

3 million people watched the ESL Counter Strike finals last week  
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
The eSports League recorded peak concurrent viewer figures of more than 400,000 people for last week's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition at Gamescom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

3 vital game dev lessons from the Yogventures Kickstarter 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck pulls apart the ill-fated Kickstarter to share lessons all developers should keep in mind when crowdfunding.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Now there are fish playing Street Fighter II on Twitch 1
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
We've seen plenty of unique livestreams on Twitch this year, including the original "Twitch Plays Pokemon" -- but "Fish Plays Street Fighter" is really something special.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: How control schemes standardized gameplay 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
On the standardization of controls: "On one hand making it a lot easier to play multiple games, but on the other hand it makes games that stray from the beaten path stick out like a sore thumb."
Console/PC, Design

Steve Ballmer leaves role as Microsoft board member 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Steve Ballmer, formerly CEO of Microsoft, says that he has stepped down from his position as a member of the board to concentrate on new commitments.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Infamous studio Sucker Punch hit with layoffs 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Sucker Punch Productions, the Sony studio best known for the Infamous series on PlayStation, has suffered layoffs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How do you innovate with zombies? Dying Light searches for the answer Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
I spoke with Maciej Binkowski, lead game designer on Dying Light, about finding innovation in a genre that appears to have already been beaten to death.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video