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In Blood Sport, you give blood when you get shot  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
A Toronto-based team is looking to gamify giving blood, by hooking a set of Xbox controllers up to blood collection machines, and taking the set-up on tour.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Learn about Assassin's Creed Unity's dynamic crowds at GDC 2015  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Ubisoft Montreal's AI and systems design ace Christine Blondeau will be speaking at GDC 2015 in March about precisely how the systemic crowd events of Assassin's Creed Unity were made.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

GTA V is now the best-selling game of all time in the UK  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
Following its next-gen launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto is now the best-selling video game of all time in the United Kingdom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony says it couldn't effectively test Driveclub 5
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
"They hit a hiccup. I prefer people to have the ambition to try that, though. It's no fun being safe all the time." - Sony's Shawn Layden says that there's no way they could have anticipated the problems for Driveclub.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft: Ten years of change  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
MMO designer Laralyn Williams reflects: "I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about: the flexibility and responsiveness of the development team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Why you want cross-functional team members  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
"You are hurting the agility of your company or project if you have an over-reliance on the concept specialization and arenít encouraging teams to work collaboratively to spread knowledge and skills."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Nordic Games opens Munich studio for new SpellForce title  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
Nordic Games has put together a new real-time strategy game studio in Munich, that will focus on building a third core title in the SpellForce franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

App Store optimization tips: Choosing keywords  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
A quick guide to choosing the right keywords -- crucial for getting found. "They should be the words that best explain or relate to your app or game. The first rule is that they should be relevant."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines fan remake shut down by CCP 4
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
A fan remake of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines has been shut down by EVE Online studio CCP Games, the copyrights holder for Bloodlines.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ten years of World of Warcraft 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
Raph Koster looks back at the MMO juggernaut: "If anything, itís possibly the biggest game design achievement in all of virtual world history."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Double Fine loses a project, and lays off 12 staff 11
by Christian Nutt [11.21.14]
Confirmed: San Francisco independent studio Double Fine (Broken Age, Costume Quest 2) today laid off 12 staff after losing a deal for an unannounced project.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Thoughts on Practice, the NYU game conference  
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
Designer Keith Burgun attended this year's conference: "While each Practice conference has evolved somewhat from the last, I feel that the one thing that itís always had in common was this element of risk-taking."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

GameStop: Players expect to pay just $35 for triple-A game downloads 10
by Christian Nutt [11.21.14]
What players expect to pay for digital downloads of triple-A games is a much lower price than publishers would most likely want them to, according to GameStop.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analysis: GameStop agrees with Nintendo - Game devaluation must stop 26
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
GameStop estimates $100 million of digital content given away in 2014; president Tony Bartel says, "the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: DeNA is hiring a Senior Build and Release Engineer  
by Staff [11.21.14]
The Tokyo-based mobile game powerhouse is looking for an engineer in its San Francisco office to "maintain open dialogue with all product groups to bring up and maintain build and release pipelines."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment, Mobile Games

Don't Miss: Is there life after World of Warcraft? 2
by Neils Clark [11.21.14]
Are MMO populations 'tribal', and if so, what's the next tribal shift after World of Warcraft? In this 2007 feature, academics including Henry Jenkins and Edward Castronova discuss the future of online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

When scope gets away from you: The trials of Glork and Potatoman 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"Will our backers be upset that we cut the scope so much? Will they even care? the response was essentially 'Cool game, thanks for finally delivering it.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

A snapshot of player data from the Oculus Rift audience 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
Analytics from A Night at the Roculus: "I realized the data could offer a snapshot of the current Oculus community's hardware for other devs to consider."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, VR

The Blue Flamingo: The 8 meter game filmed on a dolly track Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [11.21.14]
Shelter studio Might & Delight surprised many this week, launching a new game on Steam right out of the blue.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Right of publicity: How you can legally put a celebrity in your game 8
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"While being a 'public figure' may make it difficult to libel or defame someone, their status as public figure actually helps their right of publicity lawsuit against you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing