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Game Developer

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Game Developer is the only regularly-published magazine in the US devoted to game programming and development.

The magazine is available free to qualified game professionals, and paid paper subscriptions and a paid digital edition are also available. Individual issues can be bought at some newsstands and at its companion website, Gamasutra.

The magazine contains articles on professional game development topics relating to programming, art, audio, quality control, design, and production. Monthly columns from industry veterans offer in-depth discussion on a variety of topics; it has articles by notable game industry figures and reviews on game development related books, tools, and software packages. The final page of Game Developer magazine is occupied by "Thousand Words," which highlights game art as a progression from concept art to final in-game renders. (The back page used to house the Soapbox guest-editorial column, but this has since moved online to Gamasutra.)

Game Developer's most popular feature is its monthly "Postmortem" column, which discusses the recent development of a computer or video game and notes the top five each of "What Went Right" and "What Went Wrong". It provides a frank, first-hand account of the lessons learned in the development process. The first Postmortem (on PC game Dark Sun Online) was written by Andre Vrignaud in the October 1997 issue.

Game Developer has been recognizing exceptional game development tools with their "Front Line Awards" annually since 1998. Past winners include software (such as Photoshop and VTune), game engines (Unreal engine), hardware (GeForce 3), and books (Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice).

Gamasutra, the sister publication web site of Game Developer, acts as an online resource for game developers, as well as a job posting board for employment in the game development field.

Circulation

Game Developer's audited circulation for the six-month period ending June 2005 was 34,358. Instead of ABC, it is audited by Business Publication Auditing, an outfit that specializes in business-to-business magazines.


Game Developer Index

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1994 1 2 3 4
1995 5 6 7 8 9 10
1996 11 12 13 14 15 16
1997 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1998 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
1999 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
2000 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61
2001 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73
2002 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85
2003 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97
2004 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
2005 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119
2006 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130
2007 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141
2008 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152
2009 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163
2010 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174
2011 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185
2012 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196
2013 197 198 199 200 201 202


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    Title:Game Developer
    Editor: Simon Carless
    Categories: Game development
    Frequency: Seasonal (1994), bimonthly (1995-97), monthly (1997-)
    First Issue: Mar/Apr 1994
    Final Issue: Mar/Aug 2009
    Publisher: CMP Media LLC
    Country: United States

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