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A dance with the devil: Jason Rohrer's Cordial Minuet Exclusive 2
by Christian Nutt [10.21.14]
The iconoclastic indie (The Castle Doctrine) explains how his interest in real-money games and poker resulted in a betting game that pits players against each other in a purely skill-based contest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: IndieCade and the impact of Alien  
by Kris Ligman [10.20.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from IndieCade to how Alien: Isolation lives up to a legacy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: What it's like to make indie games as a couple 2
by Staff [10.20.14]
Claudia Molinari and Matteo Pozzi of We Are Muesli gave a great talk at GDC Europe 2014 that examines some of the naked truths of working as an indie couple, both within games and without.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The Resident Evil 4 postmortem 8
by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi [10.20.14]
In this reprint from the October 2005 issue of Game Developer magazine, Resident Evil 4 developer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi writes about the overhauls and challenges which faced one of the franchise's most notable entries.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chinese developers need to better identify the needs of their players 1
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
"We serve the customers, that's our common goal," says Jeff Lyndon, president and co-founder of Chinese mobile game publisher iDreamSky, at GDC China today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC China, China

The role of luck: RNG isn't the answer 24
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"We've concluded that itís possible to design a compelling competitive game without luck. Possible. Not easy. Not necessarily doable. But possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 35
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"If you donít know how people work, you canít make stuff for people to interact with. The most talented and technical designer that lacks empathy will make something that only he/she can enjoy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why anything but games matters 20
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why Iím in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least Iím not in games.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 3
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China

Looting game design gold from Sid Meier's Pirates! 11
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"I glibly wrote that Pirates! could be the most important game ever made... and at first, I felt this was a ridiculous thought. Later on, I realized that may be right after all!"
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: John Carmack on engineering Rage 21
by Kris Graft [10.17.14]
In this extensive interview conducted while he was at id, legendary programmer John Carmack reflects on the id Tech 5 engine and his mistakes regarding the evolution of console and PC games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Indies, resist the urge to 'juice it or lose it' 3
by Staff [10.17.14]
Independent game maker Folmer Kelly explains why developers might want to avoid the temptation to "juice up" their games, especially when it comes at the expense of player immersion.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Randomness and game design 56
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
On not introducing randomness into your game's design: "I believe the current assumptions with regard to randomness in strategy games are largely wrong."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The level design of a Zelda dungeon 13
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"The following is the result of a study that I made a while back after playing multiple Zelda games in order to better understand the patterns and design decisions of a Zelda dungeon."
Console/PC, Design

The charming heart of darkness: Former Spec Ops team's Curious Expedition 3
by Leigh Alexander [10.17.14]
Former Spec Ops: The Line developers are building a charming roguelike hybrid about the great explorers of the 19th century -- and building an indie game is a new adventure for this former AAA team, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Get a job: Telltale Games seeks a Senior Character Modeler  
by Staff [10.16.14]
The house that built The Walking Dead is hiring a senior character modeler to with significant experience to work alongside the team in Telltale's San Rafael studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why ethical free-to-play game design matters Exclusive 107
by Greg Costikyan [10.16.14]
"Consider: Would you rather work for a company that has loyal fans eager to play your game, or a company that assumes games are disposable trash, and players, marks to be fleeced?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Making better designers 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"How fast you can iterate, and how much trust you have with your team to try new ideas, will dictate almost everything about how good a game designer you become."
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Unity and Google address dev concerns in GDC Next sponsored talks 2
by Staff [10.16.14]
With weeks to go until GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC takes place in L.A., here are a few of the most useful sponsored sessions from major companies that developers should check out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next