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Designing a mobile game technology stack 10
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.15]
"We have invested a lot of time in building a solid platform before even thinking about game ideas. Our goal was to be able to develop games in a short period of time by sharing the underlying technology stack."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

6 lessons from developing Schell Games' VR project, I Expect You To Die 15
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.15]
Jesse Schell shares what he and his team learned while developing VR spy thriller I Expect You To Die -- created after his years of experience in the medium, dating back to the 1990s.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Innovative VR ideas from Oculus jam winner Bazaar  
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
Bazaar won a silver prize at the Oculus VR jam, and now its developers share ways the 100% gaze-controlled game leads the player -- techniques you could use in your own VR game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Get a job: Hangar 13 is hiring an experienced Level Architect 1
by Staff [06.26.15]
Novato-based Hangar 13, the newest 2K Games studio, seeks a seasoned level architect to join the team working on designing 3D environments and optimizing game levels in its Novato, CA offices.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Devs work with Apple to restore games cut for Confederate flag use 18
by Alex Wawro [06.26.15]
After a surprise culling yesterday, reports are coming in from affected developers that Apple is allowing games with Confederate flag imagery back on the App Store -- with some caveats.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: How Bungie built the technology to render Destiny 1
by Staff [06.26.15]
At GDC 2015, Bungie's Natalya Tatarchuk cracks open the renderer Bungie developed for its striking, open-world cross-platform shooter Destiny to show fellow developers how it works.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Classic Easter egg saboteurs, smugglers and stowaways 16
by Jamey Stevenson [06.26.15]
Developer Jamey Stevenson examines how and why Easter eggs came to be hidden in games from the likes of Maxis, Naughty Dog, Nintendo and Atari in this classic 2011 feature.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Robbie Bach remembers lessons learned from a decade leading Xbox 2
by Alex Wawro [06.26.15]
In a new interview with Polygon to promote his book, former Xbox chief Robbie Bach shares some interesting anecdotes about what it was like behind-the-scenes at Microsoft during the Xbox and 360 eras.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Composing adaptive music for games: Advanced concepts in Elias  
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
A veteran composer breaks down an exciting new tool: "Elias, like a good video game, is easy to use but difficult to master. This is a new type of tool with some new features."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

21 CRPGs that brought something new to the table 19
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
"I've examined almost 300 RPGs, from the latest releases to PLATO titles from the 70's. I've decided to make a really, really, really abridged version of my book, focusing on one single aspect: cool stuff."
Console/PC, Design, History

Making gender matter: Lessons from tabletop RPG Night Witches 16
by Katherine Cross [06.26.15]
How can you make gender relevant and interesting without subsuming characters beneath stereotypes? Night Witches, a tabletop RPG based on female members of a real Soviet bomber regiment, has some answers.
Design

Music composers and sound designers in VR: The headphones problem 8
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
God of War composer Winifred Phillips on music for VR: "I'm going to share what I learned about the issue... including a conclusion which may indicate an imminent problem for some VR gamers."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

Don't fear competitors, embrace them! 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
"I propose and hope we stop fearing one another's games just because they're similar to ours in some way. Instead, remember how great it is these games exist."
Indie, Business/Marketing

What goes into making an indie visual novel: Summoner Sweetheart  
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.15]
"I think it was the 'right choice' to tackle it because everyone involved now understands what itís like to bite off more than we can chew and how to come back from that hurdle."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Koji Igarashi on the power and responsibility of being Kickstarter-funded 4
by Christian Nutt [06.26.15]
Gamasutra had a chance to sit down with Koji Igarashi and talk about the successful Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and how he feels about breaking records, and breaking free.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

France loosens up the rules for video game tax breaks  
by Christian Nutt [06.25.15]
Mature games are now eligible for funding, retroactive to projects from 2014 -- and the government is getting more flexible about smaller-budget games and staffing costs, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Make a game like it's your last, and burn bright 7
by Christian Nutt [06.25.15]
Advice from the Fire Emblem team: The venerable series had reached its conclusion -- but Awakening revitalized the franchise, and now it's a core Nintendo series.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Want to find the right game? UC Santa Cruz debuts a new discoverability tool 5
by Christian Nutt [06.25.15]
It's a big problem: Players can't find the games they might like. And developers can't locate prior art, either. Here's an attempt at solving discoverability issues.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Retro Studios seeks a Character Artist  
by Staff [06.25.15]
Nintendo-owned developer Retro Studios (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)is looking for a character artist to do modeling, texturing and art design in Retro's Austin, TX office.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Games are key to Microsoft's 'broader vision for Windows,' says CEO  
by Alex Wawro [06.25.15]
Today, a company-wide email from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella obtained by Geekwire suggests that the company sees games chiefly as a useful commodity for selling its Windows ecosystem.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing