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Blog: You don't always have to commit 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"In games, it feels like when you make something, it is supposed to be all the way. That if you make horror, the horror has to be pitch-black... but the world doesn't work in absolutes."
Indie, Design

Unity won't be sold, and is planning for a VR future: John Riccitiello speaks  
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
Unity's CEO holds court with Gamasutra, dismissing the possibility of an acquisition, charting the future of the engine, and talking about what sets the company apart. Oh, and yeah, he talks pricing.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Complexity and complication in game design (Also: Why I love Go)  
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"Let me tell you about Go. The rules are very, very simple. The possibilities, the implications of each single move, are more than any human can grasp."
Console/PC, Design

Games as a service company PlayFab raises $7.4 million  
by Phill Cameron [03.04.15]
Playfab, a cross-platform tool provider to enable games to better operate as service, has secured further funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Corona Labs releases its mobile SDK for free 1
by Phill Cameron [03.04.15]
As part of their acquisition by Fuse Powered, Corona Labs has announced their mobile SDK is now free.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Perforce Software launches Helix collaboration platform  
by Phill Cameron [03.04.15]
Popular version control software Perforce has launched Helix, a larger-scale collaboration platform.
Console/PC, Production

Postmortem: Failbetter Games' Sunless Sea  
by Alexis Kennedy [03.04.15]
Failbetter Games co-founder Alexis Kennedy takes you behind the scenes of what went right (and wrong) during development of the studio's darkly comedic roguelike game Sunless Sea.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Our tutorial doesn't work. What next? 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
A redesign blog: "How many people got overwhelmed and just stepped away because of the sheer number of tutorials? We have no way of knowing."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Sony's Project Morpheus release window announced  
by Kris Graft [03.03.15]
During Game Developers Conference week, Sony announced a commercial release date for its virtual reality headset, codenamed Project Morpheus.
Business/Marketing, GDC

Valve chases VR and in-home game streaming with new hardware  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Valve is keeping busy at GDC this year with debuts of a Steam Link set-top streaming box, a final Steam Controller, a fresh crop of Steam Machines and a new motion-tracking system known as Lighthouse.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve debuts Source 2 for free in bid to compete with Epic, Unity 7
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Valve is officially debuting its long-rumored Source 2 engine at GDC this week alongside a host of other new technologies, and it's expected to launch at a competitive price: free.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Storybricks shuts down in the wake of SOE sale 1
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
The developers of the Storybricks artificial intelligence engine are closing up shop and moving on to other projects after parting ways with Daybreak Game Company (formerly SOE) and Everquest Next.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The secrets behind This War of Mine's emotional impact Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
11 Bit Studios Pawel Miechowski talks about how disrupting players' expectations, studying their decision-making process and creating opportunities to imagine helped make This War of Mine acclaimed and impactful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC, IGF

Writing presence: How good storytelling helps a VR game feel real Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
It's hard enough to make a VR game that's comfortable and satisfying to play for extended periods of time; how do you tell a good story in the process -- and why should you bother?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

The rise of games you (mostly) don't play 17
by Simon Parkin [03.03.15]
"Idle games," or games that virtually play themselves, are a nascent genre that sometimes become unexpectedly popular. Anthony Pecorella with Kongregate explains.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Is the game to blame? Video game playing and anti-social behavior 8
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
"Nearly all studies that claim the playing of violent video games leads to more anti-social behavior highlight correlations and not causation. I donít believe any study has ever demonstrated absolute causality."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: My hardest bug ever 31
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
A coder on the original Crash Bandicoot explains how his first big game almost shipped with a destructive save-wiping bug -- and how he and the team at Naughty Dog eventually solved it.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Space Oddity: Deconstructing the curious design of Gravity Ghost Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Ivy Games' lush 2D space physics puzzler Gravity Ghost wears its nonviolent nature on its sleeve, but creator Erin Robinson says it has its roots in one of the earliest shooters ever made: Asteroids.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Narrative tips for mobile games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
Veteran multimedia narrative designer Christy Marx offers key takeaways from her experience with Zynga's CastleVille for telling stories in mobile games, with all their challenges and limitations.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

How I broke into the game industry and became a designer 13
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
This blog post from 2K Games designer Harrison Pink slaughters misconceptions about what it means to work in the game industry while offering a personal look at what it takes to get a job in triple-A.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment