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Honey, we need to discuss your persona problem 13
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"In short, personas create a more accurate picture of a subset of the audience. Demographics are the broad strokes, while personas are the finer details."
Console/PC

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 3
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China

Google Play Games SDK adds local multiplayer  
by Christian Nutt [10.17.14]
Google's game development tools get an upgrade for local matchmaking -- across all platforms supported by its tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring a Senior VFX Artist  
by Staff [10.17.14]
The developer of the Tomb Raider reboot is looking to hire an experienced visual effects artist to work on AAA projects in a leadership role within its Redwood City, CA studio.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Looting game design gold from Sid Meier's Pirates! 11
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"I glibly wrote that Pirates! could be the most important game ever made... and at first, I felt this was a ridiculous thought. Later on, I realized that may be right after all!"
Console/PC, Design

New Hampshire indies team up to build a local game dev incubator  
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
A group of New England indie developers are working to open Game Assembly, a co-working space and incubator program for game developers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: John Carmack on engineering Rage 21
by Kris Graft [10.17.14]
In this extensive interview conducted while he was at id, legendary programmer John Carmack reflects on the id Tech 5 engine and his mistakes regarding the evolution of console and PC games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Indies, resist the urge to 'juice it or lose it' 3
by Staff [10.17.14]
Independent game maker Folmer Kelly explains why developers might want to avoid the temptation to "juice up" their games, especially when it comes at the expense of player immersion.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

What we can learn from teens making games 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"It is clear to us at foundry10 that game creation holds incredible value to students, if done right. But what is 'right' when each learner is different?"
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Student/Education

Four lessons for building a better community 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
A look back at a game festival from its organizer, Jaime Woo: "I want to use this space to share four key lessons I learned throughout the process of crafting and shaping Gamercamp."
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Planetside 2 artist John Roy 1
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
Gamasutra has learned that John Roy, a veteran artist at Sony Online Entertainment who worked on projects like Star Wars Galaxies and Planetside 2, has passed away this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Randomness and game design 53
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
On not introducing randomness into your game's design: "I believe the current assumptions with regard to randomness in strategy games are largely wrong."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The level design of a Zelda dungeon 11
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"The following is the result of a study that I made a while back after playing multiple Zelda games in order to better understand the patterns and design decisions of a Zelda dungeon."
Console/PC, Design

Indie game analytics 101: Intro to terms 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"Game analytics are vital on both a business and creative perspective. Ill cover the top 5 most important terms and offer insights to allow future conversations or research."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The charming heart of darkness: Former Spec Ops team's Curious Expedition 3
by Leigh Alexander [10.17.14]
Former Spec Ops: The Line developers are building a charming roguelike hybrid about the great explorers of the 19th century -- and building an indie game is a new adventure for this former AAA team, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Smash Bros. sells 705k in two days, boosts U.S. 3DS sales  
by Christian Nutt [10.16.14]
The latest in the popular fighting franchise is off to a strong start in the U.S., as it sells through hundreds of thousands of copies out of the gate.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Making sense of complexity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"An overly-ambitious project can end a small studio or an emerging indie career. Having a measure of the complexity of what wish to create can help us plan accordingly and recruit the help and support we need."
Production

Get a job: Telltale Games seeks a Senior Character Modeler  
by Staff [10.16.14]
The house that built The Walking Dead is hiring a senior character modeler to with significant experience to work alongside the team in Telltale's San Rafael studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why ethical free-to-play game design matters Exclusive 106
by Greg Costikyan [10.16.14]
"Consider: Would you rather work for a company that has loyal fans eager to play your game, or a company that assumes games are disposable trash, and players, marks to be fleeced?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive