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Amazing articles in today’s Developer Links, including a by-the-numbers look at Monster Loves You and an in-depth update on trees in The Witness.

Monster Loves You: By The Numbers (Andy Moore)
“It’s about time to start posting my Y-Axis for Monster Loves You! But first, let’s put this into perspective with a bit of… Game History.”

Video Games Under Fire (Gamasutra)
“The game industry comes under fire from politicians and the media nearly every time there’s a shooting in a school, or any time a young person commits a notorious act of violence. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, Joe Biden invited industry executives out to Washington to discuss games’ role in violence, and more research has been proposed.”

A Long Overdue Tree Update (The Witness)
“Hello! I’m Orsi, the girl who ended up modeling most of the trees for this game. When I joined the team two years ago, I didn’t think I would be doing much serious environment modeling. I was fresh out of school, hired to develop some interesting, hidden things around the island. For the first six months or so, I did a lot of brainstorming and playing around in the engine, but nothing that improved the aesthetics of the island in any significant way. However, since some of my projects involved mocking up certain types of trees, I realized that tree modeling is one of my favorite ways to unwind. So, when I got burned out working on a particularly challenging project, I started to volunteer to make tree sets.”

Luxuria Superbia in action! (Tale of Tales)
“At least how it looks in Unity’s scene editor. From the outside, literally.”

Art Asset Overview #41 (Wolfire Games)
“In this Art Asset Overview, I show the concept for the main menu UI and talk a bit about some new software I’m using. For a couple of years, I’ve been interested in trying some alternate workflow methods, but I was concerned that the new assets wouldn’t match up well with the older ones. However, I thought it was time to see for myself what it would be like to work with these new techniques.”

Feedback Friday: Shark Rider 0.17 (Arges Systems)
“Here’s Shark Rider alpha build 0.17.”

Good Morning Gato # 122 – Ska Studios Minus Cats at E3 (Ska Studios)
“Read about Ska Studios at E3 and some more Burning Questions answered after the break!”

Comic Con 2013 – Day 4 (The Behemoth)
“Here’s the epic conclusion to another wonderful year at Comic Con! We made it!”