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Dev Links: The Gathering

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Today’s Developer Links include several articles with meaningful data and/or advice for devs in general.

YouTube Studies The Impact Of Gaming And Delivers Compelling Statistics (GameInformer)
“YouTube has issued its first white paper (a document designed to help constituents understand a particular issue), titled “Gamers on Youtube: Evolving Video Consumption,” and the subject is near and dear to our hearts. Google’s ubiquitous video branch has quantified the impact of video games, and the statistics evidence significant growth in comparison to other content hosted by the service.”

Game Designer Is Hometown Hero to Burglarized Game Store (Kotaku)
“About a week ago, burglars completely wiped out the stock of I Got Game, an independent game store in Ogdensburg, N.Y., a town of about 10,000 on the St. Lawrence River. The store hadn’t even been open a month. Nothing was insured. The owner was in a daze. Then Brenda and John Romero walked in the door. They make video games. They know a lot of people who make video games, too. They figured they could help.”

Win Win Win for Eufloria HD! (Omni Systems)
“A few months ago we submitted Eufloria HD for something called the Big Chip Awards. They are the main UK awards for digital agencies outside London and are hotly contested. They had a (best use of) games category so we decided to have a go. We were allowed to enter two categories so also entered the design one because, well, why not?!”

June Postmortem (Unknown Worlds)
“Each month, the Unknown Worlds office hosts the ‘Post-Mortem,’ an opportunity for bay area developers to get together and talk all things games. People show off prototypes, share their latest ideas, and discuss design, business, programming and art.”

The Right to the University (Jonas Kyratzes)
“I’ve certainly never made a secret of the fact that I didn’t particularly enjoy the process of getting an education. Wait, let me be clearer: I hated school. I really fucking hated it. I didn’t want to be there.”

Queer character classes (Auntie Pixelante)
“Here are some avatars i was commissioned to create for the gaymerconnect forums. a friend of mine suggested that the existing avatars that users had to choose from all skewed male – androgynous male, yeah, but as a trans woman she wasn’t comfortable wearing that as an avatar. so, i tried to fill in the blanks with a bunch of feminine, femme and genderqueer identities.”

Playing with friends equals gaming success (MCV)
“Oslo Albet, creator of co-operative puzzle game Fireboy and Watergirl, discusses how allowing kids and parents to play together can help spread word of your latest title”

The Genius of the Game Design in Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (Zeboyd Games)
“Let’s discuss the design of Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine for a bit, shall we?”