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Road to the IGF: David Kanaga's Oikospiel, Book I  
by Joel Couture [02.22.17]
Developer David Kanaga's heady Oikospiel, Book I is an opera in five acts, taking the player on a surreal journey with music, canine programmers, bear assassinations, and unions.
Indie, Design, IGF

Designing an engaging and intuitive crafting system for Astroneer  
by Jack Yarwood [02.22.17]
“Way back when, we were talking about whether we should have a tutorial in the game," says Jacob Liechty. "Eventually we figured out that we didn’t have to, which felt pretty good."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Breaking the NES to develop Shovel Knight 21
by Gamasutra Community [02.21.17]
In this classic blog post, David D'Angelo explores how his team created Shovel Knight to be like a modern NES game and how they paid homage to the classic Nintendo console through thoughtful design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Ocelot Society's Event[0]  
by Joel Couture [02.21.17]
In Event[0]​, players find themselves trapped aboard a space ship with no company except the ship's AI, Kaizen. They can freely communicate with Kaizen using typed commands and questions,
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Blog: Art direction and visual storytelling in a hand-drawn indie game  
by Gamasutra Community [02.21.17]
Here, we'll go in detail about the influences, art direction and creative process behind Sundered, the upcoming hand-drawn replayable metriovania from Thunder Lotus Games.
Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Schadenfreude  
by Joel Couture [02.21.17]
Schadenfreude is about being trapped in an elevator in which someone keeps hitting the wrong buttons. It's a game of secrets and betrayal between humans stuck in a cramped space.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Making Psychonauts humor work in VR -- without making people sick  
by Alex Wawro [02.21.17]
"There's a million little things that the team learned," says Tim Schafer, joined by Rhombus lead Chad Dawson. "Like I learned that it's not as fun to look behind you as I thought it was going to be."
VR, Design, Production

Blog: The weapons different kinds of players use - a survey 10
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.17]
Survey data on gamer preferences in thematic setting and weapon choice. When it comes to killing things, female gamers are more selective about the weapons they use.
Design

Learn level design tricks from an Arkane designer at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [02.20.17]
Arkane's own Steve Lee, a level designer on Dishonored 2, will be giving a fantastic talk on holistic level design as part of the GDC 2017 Level Design Workshop.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Blog: It was all for love - The Evangeline postmortem 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.17]
In this post, Nicholas Laborde, video game "business guy" and founder of Raconteur Games, recounts the development of a game about life, love, and loss.
Design, Production

Grandia creators discuss the importance of compelling characters 1
by Chris Kerr [02.20.17]
The team over at Shmuplations have dug up and translated another vintage game dev interview, this time featuring the creators behind classic RPG, Grandia
Console/PC, Design, Production

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Student project Zombie Crawler 2
by Joel Couture [02.20.17]
In Zombie Crawler, players become the creeping dead, using their hands on a custom designed treadmill to pull themselves toward a human victim.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Q&A: Creating the defiantly retro Double Dragon IV 1
by Jon Irwin [02.20.17]
The makers of the classic 1987 arcade brawler Double Dragon reunited to create a sequel that looks and plays exactly like earlier entries in the series. They discuss their retro revival with us.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Loom-ing Night In The Woods  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.19.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from A Night In The Woods' cartoon realism to a history of Loom, and much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Building a scalable online game with Azure, part 1 10
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.17]
In this blog series, I'm walking you through the basics of getting your gaming backend up and running in the cloud and storing your player data in a scalable cloud storage.
Design, Production

Why there are 'no shortcuts' to making people care about your game's characters 3
by Bryant Francis [02.17.17]
Learn how you can put trust in your players to grow attached with your characters at this year's GDC.
Console/PC, Design, Video

What can game devs do to revitalize the roleplaying game genre? 9
by Alissa McAloon [02.17.17]
Roleplaying games have come a long way in the past decade alone, but some developers believe that the genre needs to keep innovating if it’s to reach its full potential.
Design

Don't Miss: Teaching players without using words 11
by Max Pears [02.17.17]
In this 2016 blog post, Ubisoft technical level designer Max Pears explores different methods of explaining game mechanics to players without writing explicit, wordy instructions into a game.
Design

Longtime Valve writer Erik Wolpaw leaves company 3
by Kris Graft [02.17.17]
Erik Wolpaw, best known as one of the more prominent writers at Half-Life and Steam house Valve Software, is leaving the company.
Design, Business/Marketing

Ask Mafia III's Harrison Pink about writing great characters at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [02.17.17]
If you have questions about how to get players attached to your game's characters, we're chatting with Hangar 13 game developer Harrison Pink today at 3PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video