Gamasutra's Holiday Week 2010: What You Might Have Missed

During the holiday break, Gamasutra editors updated the site with the latest news and features, including end of year lists, interviews, IGF updates and developments in the games business -- here's a roundup.
During the holiday break between Christmas and New Year, Gamasutra editors continued to update the site with the latest news and features, including end of year round-ups, interviews, Independent Games Festival updates and ongoing developments in the games business. Catch up with a fascinating analysis of the success of Zynga's CityVille, reports on PlayStastion Network's profitability and IGF's new Seumas McNally Grand Prize jury, the top iOS and social network games of the year and more. Here are the notable Gamasutra features and interviews from last week that you might have missed: Gamasutra Features Gamasutra's Best of 2010 "With 2010 now at an end, the Gamasutra editorial team is proud to present a round-up of its individual charts and countdowns for this resurgent year for video games, published on the website over the past few weeks." CityVille Explained, Part 1 and Part 2 "In a two-part series, design veteran Tadhg Kelly draws from his What Games Are blog to explain the rise to power of Zynga's massively successful social game CityVille." The Burger Speaks: An Interview With An Archmage "An in-depth interview with Rebecca Heineman, better known as 'Burger,' national Space Invaders champion, veteran of Interplay, brain behind the cult classics Tass Times, Wasteland, and Bard's Tale III. Gamasutra News The Psychology of Games: Those Darn Game Of The Year Debates "Continuing his look at game-related psychology issues, Jamie Madigan looks at the psychological biases and quirks that rear their head during those interminable Game of the Year debates." Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 Underrated Games "Gamasutra's retrospective of 2010 finishes by celebrating this year's overlooked gems, spanning titles like music puzzler Chime and Treasure's on-rails Wii shooter, Sin & Punishment: Successor to the Skies." Obituary: Voice Casting Director Brigitte Burdine "Respected, L.A.-based video game voice casting director Brigitte Burdine, who worked on games including World of Warcraft and God of War II, was killed in a hit-and-run accident early yesterday morning." 2011 Independent Games Festival Debuts Jury For Seumas McNally Grand Prize "Organizers of the 2011 Independent Games Festival have named Grand Prize jury members from all individual juries, ahead of Monday's IGF finalist announcement." Special: Game Time With Mister Raroo - The 2010 Raroo Family Game Awards "Our final chart of 2010 sees video game 'zine' veteran and beloved GameSetWatch columnist Mister Raroo discuss the top family video game titles of the year, from Kirby's Epic Yarn to Costume Quest and beyond." 2011 Independent Games Festival Announces Excellence in Design Jury "Organizers of the 2011 Independent Games Festival have debuted the Excellence in Design jury ahead of Monday's finalist announcement, including the creators of Plants Vs. Zombies, Journey and Monaco." New Super Mario Bros. Becomes DS' First Six-Million-Seller In Japan "Nearly five years after its first release, 2D platformer New Super Mario Bros. has become the first Nintendo DS game to sell over six million copies in Japan, with sales of over 24 million worldwide." Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 iOS Games "Rounding up the year's top iPhone and iPad titles, sister site FingerGaming's editor Danny Cowan highlights the year's best games -- spanning fiendish puzzlers through game company simulations and beyond." Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 Facebook Social Games "In this round-up of the year's top Facebook-hosted titles, sister site Worlds in Motion's editor Eric Caoili examines the top social games that've broken away to focus on depth and engaging gameplay." Hirai: PSN Sales Soar In Fiscal 2010, First Profit Expected Next Year "SCE President Kaz Hirai said sales of content on the PlayStation Network download service nearly doubled in the latest fiscal year, and the company expects the service to finally turn a profit in fiscal 2011." Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 Unexpected Gaming Events "In a light-hearted post-Christmas countdown, Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris examines the unexpected moments of 2010 in gaming, from Justice Kagan on Mortal Kombat to Panasonic's Jungle." Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 Console Downloadable Games GamerBytes' editor Ryan Langley looks at a year that brought us standout titles and a flood of content alike, highlighting his favorite games for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare."

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