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Outpost Games nets $6.2 million for games that are 'fun to watch'  
by Christian Nutt [07.23.15]
Most games "aren't designed for the medium" of streaming; a new startup has bagged money to create games that are "fun to watch."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, YouTube

Get a job: Respawn Entertainment seeks a Senior Systems Designer  
by Staff [07.23.15]
The Titanfall studio seeks a designer "specifically in the areas of hero control/mechanics, enemy design, AI behaviors, combat/weapons, class design, skills/progression, story, and boss encounters."
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Sponsored: How to simulate a tiny universe in Azure 2
by Amanda Lange, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft [07.23.15]
Microsoft Azure is open to all kinds of open source code projects, so I thought it might be neat to try running my own OpenSim on an Azure server.
Programming, Microsoft Sponsored

Don't miss: How Feist came back from the dead  
by Phill Cameron [07.23.15]
Feist comes out today. We talk to Bits and Beasts about it, and the challenges of spending six years developing the same game.
Console/PC, Indie

$130 million for mobile studio SGN, as Korea's Netmarble steps up  
by Christian Nutt [07.23.15]
Major Asian investment in mobile games continues, as casual games house SGN gets a $130 million investment from a Korean studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What Yoko Ono's art teaches us about video games Exclusive  
by Katherine Cross [07.23.15]
Yoko Ono's brilliant performance art pieces were designed to be interactive and impermanent, ensuring that each audience member had their own unique experience of them.
Indie, Serious, Art, Design, Exclusive

ESL crafts anti-drug program amid doping controversy 7
by Christian Nutt [07.23.15]
As a Counter-Strike player admits to using Adderall along with his team, the league has joined forces with German and Canadian associations to form anti-doping policies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The paradox of indie game devs: No time to play 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
"I wouldn't have had these intense realizations about what I was doing with my life, and how I wanted to design the games and flesh out the ideas bouncing around in my head, if I didn't make time to play a bit."
Indie, Design

The Commodore Amiga is 30 years old today 10
by Christian Nutt [07.23.15]
Celebrate the anniversary of the powerful, popular PC platform by checking out some of its best games and reflecting on its place in history.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe for VR game design advice from Valve and Sony  
by Staff [07.23.15]
VR experts from Valve and Sony London will be speaking at GDC Europe in Germany next month about what they've learned in developing some of the leading Morpheus and SteamVR games and experiences.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The design behind Bloodborne's Hunter's Pistol 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
"'Rigour', Bloodborne seems to be hammering home. 'Strictness'. As you realise that the game expects you to adopt its austerity for yourself, it all becomes clear."
Console/PC, Design

How Mario and The Talos Principle ramp up gameplay intensity 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
Design analysis on rising intensity in games, by exploring two very different but well-crafted examples: the classic Super Mario World, and last year's The Talos Principle.
Console/PC, Design

Working with Square Enix Collective before Kickstarter: Was it worth it? 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
"We decided to go for it; we all felt like it was a great opportunity to see how potential backers felt about the game, and were anxious to get as much feedback as possible before going into Kickstarter."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Learning to love the narrative puzzle 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
"We don't need to banish puzzles from our games. They can help us learn more about our world, set up character, and get the player in a specific place. What we need is conscientious and responsible puzzle design."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

John Smedley steps down as CEO of Daybreak 4
by Phill Cameron [07.23.15]
John Smedley has stepped down as the CEO of Daybreak (formerly Sony Online Entertainment), while remaining at the developer in an unknown capacity.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 ways to be a terrible game designer 28
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.15]
"In the past 9 years or so of practicing design, Iíve messed it up in all of the following ways at some point or another. Here are 5 of the most troublesome yet common ways that we designers screw things up."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Square Enix boss: It takes three releases for a series to take off 9
by Christian Nutt [07.22.15]
You can't judge the potential of a franchise based on just its first game, argues Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda: there's a "law of third titles."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sega Networks seeks a 3D Game Artist  
by Staff [07.22.15]
Sega studio Three Rings Design is hiring artists to work on both in-production and new mobile games alongside the team at its Madison, Wisconsin headquarters.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Recruitment

Leap Motion offers devs $50k in prizes for its second annual 3D jam  
by Alex Wawro [07.22.15]
The folks at motion controller company Leap Motion are having another go at encouraging developers to make innovative use of Leap Motion tech this fall via a six-week "3D Jam" with a $50k prize pool.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: A water interaction model for great video game boat physics 13
by Jacques Kerner [07.22.15]
Avalanche Studios senior software engineer Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming article.
Console/PC, Programming