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'What's the best way to make games?'

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:20pm

We ask our followers about the current best way to make games, and they share their advice -- mainly on whether Early Access is feasible and how to make it work. ...

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The first inklings of what Microsoft will do with Minecraft

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:30pm

Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer and his team are looking at the recently acquired mega-hit with an eye toward its "room to grow" under new ownership. ...

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'Dark Souls II' Wins Game of the Year at Golden Joystick Awards

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:27pm

Dark Souls II was the big winner at the 32nd Annual Golden Joystick Awards presented by Green Man Gaming, which was held at London's O2 Arena today (thanks CVG).

Over nine million votes were cast by the public, who chose From Software's hardcore action RPG sequel as the Game of the Year. Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Watch Dogs maker Ubisoft Montreal was named Studio of the Year; while the Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima.

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AbleGamers starts monthly open house

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Charity opens doors to disabled gamers
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PSA: 'Sackboy' Coming to PlayStation Versions of 'Costume Quest 2'

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:30pm

In a nifty cross-over, Sackboy from Little Big Planet will be making his way to Costume Quest 2, publisher Midnight City announced today. Sackboy will be available in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game as a "hidden bonus." To find it, PS3 and PS4 players must seek out the four costume pieces to assemble this legendary ensemble.

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Xbox doesn't need another military space marine series

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:49pm
Phil Spencer stresses commitment to original IP, says Microsoft must satisfy Minecraft community's needs before experimenting with the brand
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ESRB Details Sexy Content in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:47pm

According to data gleaned from the ESRB, the next iteration of BioWare's popular RPG will be extra sexy.

According to descriptions from the ESRB on certain moments in Dragon Age: Inquisition, sexual acts such as fellatio are implied, topless scenes are shown and lots of sexy language is used. Here's more from the ESRB:

"A female character briefly depicted in front of a man's torso," it rasps, "(fellatio is implied)."

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Video: Finding the right art style for The Witness

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:12pm

Speaking at GDC 2014, The Witness artist Luis Antonio recounts the game's artistic development and reminds developers that refining and simplifying your art style can amplify your game's impact. ...

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Get a job: Petroglyph Games seeks a Unity Engineer

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:53am

Handy with Unity? Petroglyph Games in Las Vegas is looking to hire an experienced Unity engineer to work alongside the team in developing new systems for an unannounced new project. ...

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The Nerdist Gets Ready for Extra Life Marathon

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:21am

On Saturday, October 25 the Nerdist team will be participating in the Extra Life marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They will start streaming at 9am on Oct. 25 until 9am Oct. 26, with the goal of raising at least $20,000 by the end of the marathon. If you like The Nerdist and the fine work that they do, then you should check out the group's Extra Life page for more information.

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Find out how to boost your indie game's odds of success at GDC

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:12am

Game industry veteran Charles Cox sees a rising problem for indie games: discoverability. Next March he'll be speaking at GDC 2015 about what indies can do to make their mark on a crowded market. ...

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Report: PlayStation 4 has outsold Xbox One by over 40% worldwide

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:03am

Ars Technica takes a stab at estimating precisely how many PlayStation 4 and Xbox One units have been sold to date using public sales data, analyst input and a bit of educated guesswork. ...

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Poll: Will Paranautical Activity Make Its Way Back Onto Steam?

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:39am

Earlier this week, indie game Paranautical Activity was mislabeled as an Early Access title when it launched on Steam.  This upset one of the game's developers who issued a few profanity-laden tweets culminating in:

"I am going to kill gabe newell. He is going to die."

In response, Valve removed the game from Steam.

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Perfecting a 2D illustration: The art iteration process

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:22am

"I'm a huge fan of fantasy art and pretty much any game art coming out of TSR in the 1980s. There is something about the oil on canvas, seeing the stroke of the brush -- which for me sort of elevates the work." ...

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Kongregate CEO: It's harder to be a woman in games

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:49am
Emily Greer says she gets four times the harassment as her co-founder brother
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Blog: Bad things can happen if you bundle

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:39am

"We'd already given the game to them, earned pretty much nothing, and not even actually got many Greenlight votes from it. I was desperately trying to forget the bundle ever happened." ...

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Don't Miss: Building Beyond Earth atop the Civilization codebase

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:51am

The co-designers of Firaxis' latest strategy game explain how they went about building the game as designer/programmers, mucking about in the decade-old Civilization codebase in the process. ...

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Starpoint Gemini 2: How we survived and succeeded on Steam Early Access

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:55am

"We can only say what we got: loads of valued and appreciated feedback, a great community that pointed us (and still does!) in the right direction, and additional funds to invest into production." ...

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ESA Foundation Awards $90K in Scholarships to Women and Minorities

Game Politics - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:21am

This week the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) doled out $90,000 in scholarships to 30 students who are pursuing game development-related degrees in the United States. The scholarships were handed out through the ESA's charity arm, The ESA Foundation.

All of this year's recipients are either women and/or minorities enrolled at an accredited four-year U.S. academic institution. Each recipient will receive $3,000 through the scholarship program.

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