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Game Developer Salary Survey for 2008: How Much Do Game Developers Make?

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Voodoo Extreme (VE) 3D shares Gamastura article on Game Developer magazine's editors released the results of its eighth annual Game Developer Salary Survey.

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Eighteen (18) Embarrassing Game Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bugs Caught On Tape/Recorded... and Fixed!

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AiGameDev shares its "list of the eighteen (18) best, quirkiest, and most informative artificial intelligence (AI) bugs available on YouTube we've collected over the past 12 months. In the spirit of AiGameDev.com, you'll find a bunch of tips and tricks to help fix these problems when/if you see them in your own game.

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Old Sierra Adventure Games Playable Online In Web Browsers and With Multiplayer

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/. mentions a Sarien.net that is a "portal for reliving the classic Sierra (old archived copies) On-Line adventure games (e.g., Space Quest, King's Quest, Police Quest, Leisure Suit Larry). With its focus on instant fun and a unique multiplayer experience, Sarien.net hopes to win new gamers' hearts and promote the adventure game genre." It also has multiplayer support.

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The Four Shortest Lived Massive Multiplayer Onlines (MMOs).

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Blue's News shares a two pages MMORPG editorial article counting down four shortest lived massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs)

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Exploring the Current State of Beta Testing

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/. shares a nine pages TenTonHammer article that explores the current state of beta testing by examining the mistakes of the past. There's something magical about being accepted into a closed beta test. Whether you're a veteran of MMOs who finally decided to jump into the testing portion of a game's development cycle or a relative virgin to the massive multiplayer online (MMO) experience that fell in love with a well-known intellectual property (IP), receiving that "You're Invited!" email from a gaming studio/publisher is like opening presents on Christmas Day. You're ready to work closely with the development team, helping them to iron out bugs and improving game systems that aren't quite up to snuff. As the new kid in the testing phase, you're prepared to formulate fantastic posts for the message boards that argue about the functionality of certain mechanics, and you expect thousands of bugs will be reported thanks to your efforts.

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Real Life Lag

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VideoSift shares a six minutes and 52 seconds YouTube video showing lags in real life beside online: "When the router to your life just doesn't seem to be connecting like it used to... there isn't much you can do."

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A Video History of Virtual Boobs

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Blue's News share an eight page Gameplayer article (contains pixelated sex organs) showing the virtual breasts/boobs/b00bs/boobies/b00bi3z/tits from computer and video games

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Familiarity and Habituation In Learning Games

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/. shares a four pages Ian Bogost's feature article, an author and game designer, who "looks at why we should repeal Bushnell's Law and move from 'addiction' to 'catchiness' in our framing of video games.

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17 Memorable Video and Computer Game Explosions

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Blue's News shares a six pages Gameplayer article with some embedded streaming video clips and cussings. It shows seventeen (17) memorable game explosions from various video and computer games:

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The First Hour -- A Web Site That Reviews Only The First Hour of Video and Computer Games.

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The First Hour is a Web site that "reviews the first hour, and only the first hour, of video and computer games. It gives a minute by minute look at what is potentially a deal breaker for many games.

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Action video games sharpen eyesight according to a United States (U.S.) study.

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Reuters report that games push visual system to the limits, brain adapts, and vision improvements last for months: "Adults who play a lot of action video games may be improving their eyesight, United States (U.S.) researchers said on Sunday. They said people who used a video-game training program saw significant improvements in their ability to notice subtle differences in shades of gray, a finding that may help people who have trouble with night driving..."

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Hard-core Gamers Losing Their Edge

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Blue's News shares a two pages [OC]ModShop article on how hard-core gamers are taking a back seat. -- "Hard core gamers have lost their 'most sought after' position for video game system and software producers. Without a lot of fanfare the developers/manufacturers have found that there is a huge general and casual gamer market out there... young or old, male or female..."

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Mod DB's Players' Choices: 2008 Mod of the Year Awards

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Yesterday, Mod DB revealed its "2008 Mod of the Year Awards" and winners: 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene.

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The Hottest and Most Hideous Video Game Box Art Ever

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Digg (#1 and #2) shares PC World's image gallery (36 pages, but here is a one print page) titled "The Hottest -- and Most Hideous -- Video Game Box Art Ever" -- "Why haven't video game boxes ever gotten much respect? Because most are seriously ugly. Video game boxes have never enjoyed a particularly prestigious reputation. That’s because most of them suck... Consequently, the majority of game box ‘art’ resembles a bad cover for a straight-to-digital video disc (DVD) action flick -- no matter how critically acclaimed the game inside may be. Compared to music albums, with their fancy refracting prisms and American-flagged tongues, the majority of boxes are a complete embarrassment.

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Something Awful's Doctored Images: Classy Games

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Something Awful has two parts (#1 and #2) showing a great collection of stylish, clever, and thoroughly creative images of classic video games

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