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Business refers to the operations of a company in the context of game development; this includes planning and strategy as well as execution.

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A game community equivalent to IMDb Pro?

Is there one resource that tracks and lists games in development, similar to what IMDb Pro does for films in development? MobyGames is good for post-mortem, who did what, but what about a resource ...
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Are there any good blogs or articles on the business of indie games?

Interested in both successes and failures (and semi-successes). Maybe this might be better at OnStartups but I think the game market is quite a bit different than the business market that's prevalent ...
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How do I move from mainstream to indie development?

I'm a game programmer for a AAA-level developer and publisher—which I know falls into the 'nice problem to have' category. However, I'm becoming disenchanted with the direction of both the company and ...
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Can and should a game design be patented? [closed]

I have an idea for a game that I want to develop and I feel is unique, and I'm wondering if I should patent it. I read on the web that games can be patented, but just because it can be done doesn't ...
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What are some Game Development Publications that accept outside articles [closed]

What Are some Game Development publications (electronic or otherwise) that aren't so large that there is no chance to potentially get included in the publication after a few well-written articles sent ...
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Questions to answer and heuristics to use when selecting a new project?

Say I have a list of (in my case, indie) game ideas, from which I need to select a new project to work on. What are the questions/heuristics that you would use - and ideally have already used ...
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Independent Arcade Game Development

So I've been looking around, but it seems that information on this is scarce. If one wants to develop an arcade game (as in, coin operated), ignoring the software side, where does one start on the ...
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How to develop a concept to receive funding?

I have a game concept which I wish to develop but don't have the funding to begin it. What should I do?
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Dream Benefits at a Game Development Company [closed]

Besides salary, what are the benefits you dream to get from a game development company as an employee? For example, I would find these things useful for both, me and a company: Right to suggest own ...
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What pitfalls should one look out for when starting a studio

What are the common mistakes or oversights made when starting a new game studio? Please only one mistake or oversight per answer and if you can explain why it is an issue and what one should do to ...
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Do “Results-Oriented Work Environments” work?

A game development company seems like an ideal testbed for experimenting with new or uncommon models for work environments. I'm curious if there's anyone out there successfully doing something ...
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Why is professional game development harder in Europe? [closed]

In comparison to the U.S.A., there seem to be far less leading or successful game companies in Europe. The recent salary survey of GameCareerGuide shows that the average salary of a games programmer ...
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What's in a name?

How does the name of a game relate to how popular it becomes? Have there been studies around this subject? Are people influenced by the name of a game?
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What things should an indie game developer never do? [closed]

What are some of the biggest - and better yet: insidious and unexpected - mistakes that indie game developers make? Especially when making the transition from hobbyist to full-time indie?
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Where can I find legal or business resources for a game production company?

Where can I find information on the legal or business aspects of running a game production company?