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Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot might come to Steam 1
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
Two classic RPG titles, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, popped up on Steam Greenlight this week, courtesy of a development outsourcing company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rebranding beta testing with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"A massive repository of bug fixes and new features, a hungry community waiting for a patch, and limited time and resources for testing. How do you make sure the patch is stable before releasing it?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Should we fight piracy? 37
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"In my opinion, the most important message would be 'outsmart piracy in every way possible to make their system unstable and meaningless.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV Exclusive 10
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot Square Enix's failed MMO into an all-new project.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Microsoft lags behind Sony, with 5 million Xbox Ones shipped 20
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Today, Microsoft finally released some updated numbers for the Xbox One console: It's shipped 5 million units to retail so far, versus Sony's 7 million PS4s sold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

AMD's profits bolstered by continued demand for console chips  
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
The chipmaker -- now ubiquitous in this generation of game consoles -- continues to show big year-on-year gains as manufacturers gobble up its supplies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fear and foreboding are design pillars in The Conjuring House Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [04.17.14]
Former Ubisoft Casablanca developers are tackling the survival horror genre with The Conjuring House. One of Rym Games' co-founders tells us how the studio plans to design for fear.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, Video

Banner Saga, CandySwipe devs resolve trademark disputes with King 6
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Stoic Studios and Albert Ransom claim to have reached an agreement with Candy Crush Saga maker King whereby their games may coexist without further trademark litigation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity bolsters its mobile toolset with Playnomics acquisition 1
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
UPDATE: Unity has confirmed an earlier report that it has purchased mobile game analytics firm Playnomics as part of an ongoing effort to offer developers a wider suite of tools and services.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Developing Bioshock, 'everyone had something to prove' 3
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Eurogamer has published an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the development of Bioshock that includes interviews with lead team members like Jordan Thomas, Paul Hellquist and Ken Levine.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Glitchspace is a first-person programming game Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
I've played pretty much every first-person puzzler under the sun, so it's rare to find a game that really throws me a curveball. Glitchspace is very much that curveball.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Getting your Unity game on Vita with Unity for PSM 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
You can now publish Unity games directly to Sony's PlayStation Mobile -- which means publishing on Vita. But... how do you do it? This post explains.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production

IGDA announces latest appointments for board of directors  
by Staff [04.17.14]
The International Game Developers Association, a non-profit group for video game developers, has elected board members for 2014-2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game monetization design analysis - Clash of Clans 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
A look at how Clash of Clans' "well-designed core loop rewards players for being active and promises progress for each return session," based on the devs' own words.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Procedural, dynamic room generation 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
On making a game that evolves as the player plays: "The maps generated with this new technique were much more interesting to navigate, as well as connecting much more fluidly."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Twitch expands to Europe with London offices  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
Video game broadcasting service Twitch has opened a new European office in London, UK, as the company looks to better serve the region's game streaming needs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Can Zynga change? FarmVille 2 launches on mobile today 5
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Zynga needs FarmVille 2, which launches today, to become its crown jewel on mobile -- but is that possible? Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to the developers to find out.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Let there be shadow: Programming vertex shaders in Unity 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
Want your own vertex/fragment shader shadows in Unity? "Luckily, Unity provides you the means to get this working! The catch? Documentation on this is lacking or even non-existent."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Here are the Smart TVs that will feature PlayStation Now  
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
PlayStation Now, Sony's cloud-based video game streaming solution, is due to launch for the PlayStation 4 and certain Smart TVs this summer. Today, Sony revealed which televisions will host the service.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

New phishing scam sees hackers bypass Steam Guard security 6
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
Valve introduced Steam Guard back in 2011 -- a security measure that aims to protect Steam users. However, a new phishing scam has seen hackers manage to bypass Steam Guard completely.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing