Our GamesBeat team is exhausted after five days of covering the biggest show for game developers in San Francisco. Here’s a day-by-day roundup of the major stories that we wrote from the Game Developers Conference this week. We’ve also thrown in stories from Microsoft’s pre-GDC press event. As you can see, it was a busy week for game news.

Here’s the headlines and links to stories in reverse chronological order:


Microsoft warns that OnLive Desktop’s Office streaming app violates license

Flurry launches AppSpot mobile app ad platform

How Thatgamecompany designed its new game, Journey

The DeanBeat: Tips from Ubisoft on making a happy game industry acquisition


See what Tim Schafer is doing with all your (his) money. Kickstarter crowdfunding was a big topic at the GDC.

Konami and others will make games for Zynga.com

Core game sales drop like a rock in February

Electronic Arts reveals new Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars online numbers

Angry Birds Space gets geeky with awesome real-life demo from NASA (video)

Gaikai signs up Warner Bros.’ Lord of the Rings Online game for instant demos

Peter Molyneux departs Lionhead Studios and Microsoft to found 22 Cans


Facebook’s tips for getting your mobile game noticed

Browser-based games get real 3D graphics with latest Unreal Engine and Flash technology

Heyzap launches mobile API to add high-level analytics

Game developers salivate over the new iPad’s specs

EA lines up three Battlefield 3 expansions for 2012


EA to launch Medal of Honor Warfighter on Oct. 23

Google promises a unified social and mobile game platform

EA revives Sim City for 2013 launch — with curvy roads

Nintendo 3DS tops 4.5 million units in US within first year

Halo 4 quotes: The hype, the excitement, and the…huh?

Casino wars: Big Fish Games acquires mobile casino game maker Self Aware Games

Alex St. John’s Magi.com launches social gaming hub (exclusive)


Zynga reaches beyond Facebook with Zynga.com

Numecent spins out Approxy cloud-gaming startup

Numecent emerges from stealth with “revolutionary cloudpaging technology” for digital delivery

How to design a game for your teenage daughter

Funzio spreads out with games for Google+, Chrome Web Store, and Android

Facebook paid $1.4B to game developers in 2011

6L teams up with 16 mobile game developers and plans big marketing spend per title

Apple’s iOS runs HTML5 games three times faster than Android

Forza Motorsport fans can look forward to Forza Horizon and Porsche expansion

Star Wars Kinect lets you rampage like a monster using gestures (preview)

iSwifter makes iPad game streaming available to all PC game companies (exclusive)

Trials Evolution creative director discusses going bigger, multiplayer, and female riders (interview)

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor combines Kinect and controller commands (hands-on preview)

11 new things we’ve learned about Halo 4 (with video)

How Fable: The Journey will use the Kinect in revolutionary ways (interview with Peter Molyneux)

[Photo credit: Dean Takahashi’s picture of Sony’s Move/virtual reality demo]