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Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

After 8 years as director of Final Fantasy XV, Nomura steps down 3
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
His co-director Hajime Tabata will assume the role of sole director as Square Enix moves Nomura over to work on other projects, including Kingdom Hearts III.
Console/PC, Production

Neal Stephenson pronounces his high-profile Kickstarter game dead 16
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
The author's Subutai Corporation has ceased development of its successfully Kickstarted game Clang and issued refunds to all backers who've asked, as the dev team moves on in search of work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Designing mobile games for thumbs in an era of giant screens 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"We canít just treat screens in the 5.5Ē range simply as a scaled-up version of a smaller phone. Grips completely change, and with that, your interface might need to do so, as well."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Japan Game Awards honor Monster Hunter 4, The Last of Us, and other hits  
by Christian Nutt [09.18.14]
Handed out by Japanese trade association CESA at Tokyo Game Show, the Japan Game Awards were given to a number of games, including Grand Theft Auto V and Yo-Kai Watch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: 343 Industries seeks an AI Engineer  
by Staff [09.18.14]
The house that's now building Halo is looking to recruit a senior-level AI engineer to work alongside the team in 343 Industries' Kirkland, WA complex.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

$2M in Osmo preorders reveals demand for educational iPad games  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
Tangible Play has reaped roughly $2 million in preorders for the Osmo, an iPad educational game accessory, suggesting there's demand for devs to make kid-friendly mobile games for use in teaching.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: When COPPA becomes real, and the FTC cracks down on a dev 9
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"With TinyCo, the FTC has eviscerated the hopes of developers who were thinking they could skate through the COPPA compliance issue by using ... verbal excuses."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building the AI for Hearthstone 5
by Staff [09.18.14]
The AI postmortem is a perennial high point for GDC's AI Summit, and GDC 2014 was no exception as former Blizzard engineer Brian Schwab delivered a frank talk on the AI design of Hearthstone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

GDC Next adds talks on Starcraft II and the secret life of ads  
by Staff [09.18.14]
Blizzard Entertainment's Jordan Womack joins speakers from MIT's Game Lab, the GameHeart mod project and the LiveRail ad platform at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

New interview sheds light on PlayStation Now's past, future  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
Game industry veteran David Perry speaks to Game Informer about how the Sony-Gaikai acquisition came about and what it might mean for how (and where) your games will be distributed in the next decade.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Inclusivity vs. narrative intent: A conversation with r/gaymers 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"Just because I could make the narrative more inclusive, I did not know if I should. I needed a sounding board. I took to Redditís r/gaymer forum to have a conversation with some LGBT gamers about the game."

Mistranslated worlds: Dark Souls, Wizardry, and accidental storytelling 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"There's not much of a plot to the player-controlled protagonist, but there's an incredible sense of depth and history to the setting itself. It's all very cohesive and consistent."
Console/PC, Design

Aiming for the 'niche' pays off for million-selling strategy game 3
by Kris Graft [09.18.14]
Sometimes, aiming deep instead of wide pays off. Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive said today its grand strategy game from 2012, Crusader Kings II, has sold over 1 million units across PC, Mac, and Linux.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 'Mobile VR' is much more about VR than mobile 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"What I do know is this: once itís all released, it will stand for itself, and the players will quickly figure out what mobile VR is really good for."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VR

Blog: PAX, SIX, and the art of being everywhere  
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"Go. Go do things. Go to parties, go talk to exhibitors about their gamedev struggles, learn from all the experiences other people went through."
Indie, Business/Marketing

How to build the sprawling nightmare that is branching conversation 19
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"A brilliant conversation that looks like a tangled knot will drag your project down ... Spending hours trying to untangle your own work (or expecting colleagues to do so) isn't an efficient use of time."
Console/PC, Design

Steam adds support for five currencies, with five more coming soon 2
by Christian Nutt [09.17.14]
Players in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand can now pay for Steam games in their own currencies. Canada, Mexico, Korea, Turkey, and Norway are on deck.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

King comes out on top in cloning case 9
by Christian Nutt [09.17.14]
Developer which was under target for copying King's Farm Heroes Saga and Pet Rescue Saga agrees to pull its games from sale and pay out a settlement.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nix Hydra is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [09.17.14]
The team that built Egg Baby is looking to bring an experienced artist on board to oversee all aspects of art design and production in Nix Hydra's Los Angeles, CA studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Recruitment