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6 Blog: I'm not rolling my own tech, and neither should you
image "The old 'donít make an engine, make a game' advice is truer now than ever. Unity 5, Unreal 4, and Source 2 all have free options and are all reasonably priced."
  Unity scores Mike Capps, Epic's former president, as an advisor
image The ex-Unreal Engine man has formalized his cordial relationship with the company -- he'll be spending a week a month advising Unity.
1 The numbers behind a Steam Free Weekend
image "We entered Early Access with a whimper, rather than a bang. During the Steam Free Weekend we sold nearly triple the number of copies we sold in our first week on Early Access."
  Oculus Rift launching commercially in Q1 2016
image Oculus has today announced that its headset, the Oculus Rift, will launch commercially in the first quarter of 2016, with further details about the hardware and tech specifications coming in the next few weeks.
  We made a 'circle pong' game too, before Rotable. Here's what's going on
image "I want to explain how three developers -- ourselves, the guy from Rotable and the guy who made Pongo Pongo -- made three similar games without talking or seeing what the others did."
16 Dark Souls: It's like an NES game!
image A deep analysis of how Dark Souls leaves behind modern game design tenets -- and is stronger for it -- in the guise of truly and meaningfully comparing it to retro games.
  EA reaps big profits as digital sales trump physical
image Electronic Arts has made a public accounting of its 2015 fiscal year, and the company seems to be doing better than expected on the back of digital game downloads and add-on content sales.
  Get a job: Irrational Games is seeking a Senior Programmer
image The original BioShock developer is seeking a new high-level programmer to focus on AI and gameplay -- with a lot of responsibility.
  Video: Making linear level design feel non-linear in Gone Home
image At GDC 2015, Fullbright's Kate Craig and Steve Gaynor take the stage to discuss the level design techniques they used to breathe life into the lifeless 3D levels that make up Gone Home.
  Accused of fraud, Interzone chief may face federal jail time
image Serial game studio exec Marty Brickey is reportedly facing multiple federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering, which all together carry a maximum penalty of up to 120 years in prison.
11 Don't Miss: A look back at the history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
image In this classic 2009 feature, authors Matt Barton and Bill Loguidice offer a history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the game that popularized a niche genre and sparked a host of imitators.
  Q&A: What's next for Daybreak, now that Sony's MMO studio is on its own
image Gamasutra speaks to Daybreak chief John Smedley and senior exec Laura Naviaux about why the company formerly known as SOE was sold by Sony, why it laid off so many people, and what comes next.
  GOG is kicking its Steam competitor into open beta
image This is most interesting to game developers because it heralds the arrival of a fresh challenger to the PC game client arena, which already includes Steam, Origin, Ubisoft's uPlay and Trion's Glyph.
1 Virtual game dev: How I learned to love remote workers
image A look at what makes remote working work, and tips on making it work better -- from an experienced dev who worked remotely for a major studio.
  Apply now to be a volunteer GDC Europe 2015 Conference Associate
image GDC Europe officials are taking volunteer applications for the Conference Associate program from now until May 25th. Volunteers will receive a pass to the Cologne, Germany show in exchange for about 14 hours of work.
12 C# memory and performance tips for Unity
image "In the end, this list is not a set of rules set in stone, they're just opportunities. I actually really like Linq, foreach, and other productivity extensions, and use them often."
4 The creative influences of Sunset
image Tale of Tales' MichaŽl Samyn writes about building a first-person experience that resonates with his own influences and players: storytelling, love, interior design, and revolution in the 1970s.
2 Start testing, already!
image "Unfortunately, it's incredibly easy to put off testing. Do it in sprints of a week or two, gather intel, and you'll have a ton of improvements to your already beautiful baby."
14 Six stages of game dev community development
image Vlambeer's Rami Ismail: "Game development communities tend to develop along very similar lines, and at some point Iíve started to mentally organize these community growth thresholds into a model."
1 Postmortem: Moon Studios' heartfelt Ori and the Blind Forest Exclusive
image The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
  Former Call of Duty, Lost Planet developer Spark Unlimited ends game dev
image The Los Angeles-based studio which last developed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z for Tecmo Koei has shut down according to evidence from across the web.
  PlayStation Now continues rollout to PS3, with Vita not far behind
image Sony confirms that in less than two weeks, its streaming service will roll out to the PlayStation 3... and is already playable on Vita.
3 5 tips for increasing F2P monetization, from Monster Legends' devs
image "We asked him how indie devs can think about monetization for their mobile game more creatively, and boiled down his words of wisdom into these five tips."
1 Get a job: Be a Senior Technical Artist at NetherRealm Studios
image The team responsible for Mortal Kombat X seeks an experienced technical artist to join the team at its Chicago, IL studio and improve the studio's workflow for creating assets for games.
  This War Of Mine and the challenges of making games about war
image Speaking to The New Yorker, 11 Bit Studios reflects on why This War Of Mine is so unlike all other modern war games, and what burden designers bear for drawing inspiration from real conflicts.

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6 Iím Not Rolling My Own Tech, and Neither Should You
by Peter Angstadt
If you are a indie game developer and you are maintaining your own custom engine, youíre already...
16 Dark Souls: It's like an NES Game!
by James Margaris
A blog about the design of Dark Souls, as if you aren't already sick to death of Dark Souls talk.
1 Crunch Crash
by Brett Douville
Seeing the suffering of another developer (and friend) prompts me to remember a scary crunch moment...
  Buying a Design Partner
by Tim Conkling
Effective playtesting for indies: why I hired somebody to playtest my game.
1 Inside a Steam Free Weekend
by Kyle Phillips
Just how much help is a Steam Free Weekend? Maybe more than you think.

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Making 2D Art for an Indie Game
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From the Trenches: Random Game Production Tips
image Laura Bularca presents a series of production-oriented tips learned first-hand during difficult development sessions.