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A former mentor recalls the early career of Satoru Iwata  
by John Andersen [10.09.15]
'Iwata was a so-called otaku,' recalls Yash Terakura, who mentored Satoru Iwata when he was a college kid eager to learn more about computers. 'Of course, we did not have that term at that time.'
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, History

Vertical layering in game music: LittleBigPlanet and beyond  
by Gamasutra Community [10.09.15]
With this piece, "weve completed our exploration of arrangement techniques for countermelodies that are effective within a Vertical Layering structure."
Console/PC, Audio

Zynga launches ads that are games into its games 6
by Christian Nutt [10.08.15]
They're a mobile ad engagement booster, apparently -- and so the company's players will be subjected to its new SponsoredPLAY ads, after a successful beta.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Hangar 13 is hiring an experienced Graphics Engineer  
by Staff [10.08.15]
Novato-based Hangar 13, the newest 2K Games studio, is looking for a seasoned graphics programmer to work alongside the team on Mafia III at its Novato, CA headquarters.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Recruitment

Unity seeks to preserve old Web Player games as it kills the tech  
by Alex Wawro [10.08.15]
Unity has plotted out the end of its browser game platform in a public roadmap, while also promising to investigate alternatives for making old Unity Web Player games playable in modern browsers.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An inside look at how Valve developed Portal 7
by Staff [10.08.15]
Erik Wolpaw, Kim Swift & Jeep Barnett explain how and why Valve managed to create its seminal Portal puzzle game in this classic feature reprinted from a 2008 issue of Game Developer Magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

PopCap hops on the theme park bandwagon with a real-life PvZ arena  
by Alex Wawro [10.08.15]
EA-owned PopCap Games is the latest video game company to make eyes at the amusement park business, announcing plans today to open a Plants Vs. Zombies attraction at the Carowinds theme park.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

U.N. retracts, apologizes for error-ridden cyberviolence report  
by Alex Wawro [10.08.15]
The Broadband Commission has retracted a controversial report it touted at a recent U.N. event calling for greater effort to combat online harassment & violence, especially against women and girls.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Big game events: A press coverage analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
"Large events are very unique beasts, they concentrate a lot of the communication happening in the game industry. It is clear they are growing in terms of their media coverage too."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creating joy: How Butt Sniffin Pugs came to life 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
"If we could catalyze a multiplayer experience that revolved around joy, not only would it be memorable, but it would be fulfilling for us as developers! What better way to feel good about your game?"
Indie, Design, Production

Sony acquires gesture recognition and imaging software dev, Softkinetic  
by Chris Kerr [10.08.15]
Belgium-based gesture recognition and range imaging software developer Softkinetic has been acquired by Sony for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, VR

Sony cuts PS4 prices in U.S. and Canada, announces holiday lineup  
by Chris Kerr [10.08.15]
Sony has dropped the price of its flagship console in the U.S and Canada in preparation for the holidays.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Optimizing Unity games on Android: A case study  
by Jackie Lee [10.08.15]
This article will show a performance gain with x86 native support on Android and share some tips for increasing performance on Intel architecture using Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars as an example.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Live eSports coverage heading to the BBC for the first time ever 2
by Chris Kerr [10.08.15]
The BBC will broadcast the League of Legends World Championships when the quarter finals come to Wembley on October 15.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Mobile devs: License an engine or create your own? 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
Mobile studio Sproing's head of programming considers the issue: Go with in-house tech, or license Unity or Unreal Engine for mobile game development?
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Max Gentlemen: A cross-platform postmortem of a game that 'lost us a lot of money' 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
A catalog of mistakes made and bad decisions: "Consider the game a charitable donation from us. Its good to get our sophomore slump out of the way."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Fundraising after failure  
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
"Im here to talk to developers who might have failed in the crowdfunding world and want to work their way up to deliver on the promise of projects many others believe in."
Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

The Humanist Methodology: Hiring is the most important thing we do 24
by Gamasutra Community [10.08.15]
"How you hire, fire, and build your team will define your success as a leader, so you better be good at it... or you won't be a leader for long."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video game voice actors overwhelmingly authorize strike 6
by Christian Nutt [10.07.15]
Negotiations between the game industry and the leading actors' union, SAG-AFTRA, have taken on a new tinge as the actors vote in favor of a strike.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

U.N. vows to battle online harassment -- while tarring games 4
by Christian Nutt [10.07.15]
UPDATE A major governmental agency pledges to battle online harassment of women -- while at the same time drawing fire for unfairly criticizing video games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing