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Space Oddity: Deconstructing the curious design of Gravity Ghost Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Ivy Games' lush 2D space physics puzzler Gravity Ghost wears its nonviolent nature on its sleeve, but creator Erin Robinson says it has its roots in one of the earliest shooters ever made: Asteroids.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Narrative tips for mobile games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
Veteran multimedia narrative designer Christy Marx offers key takeaways from her experience with Zynga's CastleVille for telling stories in mobile games, with all their challenges and limitations.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Exploring what it takes to make a funny game Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Why is comedy in games so rare -- and so hard to get right? Developer Zoe Quinn took the stage at GDC today to explore the topic and offer fellow developers a few potential ways to make funny games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

What to do before you start building a free-to-play game Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Ethan Levy explores better ways to design F2P games and reminds F2P developers to be as rigorous in their business design as their are about their game design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

How Divinity: Original Sin resurrected a fallen series Exclusive  
by Simon Parkin [03.02.15]
At GDC 2015, Swen Vincke, creative director of the critically acclaimed co-op role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin, described how the game brought Larian Studios back from the brink of disaster.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Online community and culture wars: What do we know? Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [03.02.15]
What can we learn from the significant community challenges the gaming community faces? Online gaming veterans Raph Koster, Gordon Walton and Rich Vogel share fascinating sociological lessons.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Reactive game dev: How Serious Sam 4 became The Talos Principle Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Croteam kicks off the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit with a talk on how the Serious Sam studio taught itself a new way to make games as it embarked on its first puzzle game: The Talos Principle.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Road to the IGF: Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack's creation, as well as its inspirations.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Exclusive, IGF

Don't Miss: The challenges of being a mom in game development Exclusive 29
by Leigh Alexander [02.27.15]
Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander talks to game developers who also happen to be mothers, about the challenges of balancing work and life, and finding success in a male-dominated industry.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: Devine Lu Linvega and Rekka Bell's Oquonie Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [02.26.15]
In this interview, we speak to Linvega and Bell about the creation of IGF Excellence in Visual Art finalist Oquonie and its cute but disquieting world.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Exclusive, IGF

Don't Miss: How Camouflaj saved République's Kickstarter Exclusive 27
by Ryan Payton [02.26.15]
In this classic postmortem, Camouflaj founder Ryan Payton explains what went right -- and wrong -- in the crowdfunding and development of the studio's debut stealth game République.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: Down to the Wire's Ice-Bound Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
An interactive novel and an augmented reality game that got kicked off by the suggestion to create a project to "imagine the future of the book," Ice-Bound is an IGF Excellence in Narrative finalist.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, IGF

Road to the IGF: Ben Esposito's Donut County Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
Did you ever want to be a hole? Gamasutra speaks to Ben Esposito about Excellence in Visual Art nominee Donut County, its pleasant pastel visuals, and its gentle provocation.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Postmortem: E-Line Media and Upper One Games' Never Alone Exclusive 1
by Grant Roberts [02.19.15]
Lead game designer Grant Roberts offers a very thorough breakdown of what went right (and wrong) with the development of E-Line Media/Upper One Games' Alaska Native cultural touchstone Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: SuperChop Games' Ephemerid Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.18.15]
Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure is a "rock fairy tale about a paper mayfly," brought to life by its unique classical guitar soundtrack. We catch up with SuperChop Games about the Excellence in Audio nominee.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Klei Entertainment's Invisible, Inc. Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [02.18.15]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF series of interviews with IGF award-nominated devs, we caught up with Klei's Jason Dreger and James Lantz to find out what inspired the design of Invisible, Inc.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, IGF

Road to the IGF: Svedang, Akerblad and team's Else Heart.Break() Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.17.15]
Story-driven adventure Else Heart.Break() has been nominated for Excellence in Visual Art at this year's IGF, with a distinctive, texture-rich look that reminds of the console RPG heyday.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: 11Bit studios' This War of Mine Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.17.15]
11Bit Studios' This War of Mine stole hearts this year thanks to its gripping, civilian-focused twist on the wartime setting. Now it's up for the grand prize at the IGF -- we catch up with the team.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, IGF

Road to the IGF: Elegy for a Dead World Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.16.15]
There's an awful lot of discussion about the right approach to narrative in games. Elegy for a Dead World's approach is striking. It asks the player to collaborate in the creation of its story.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Don't Miss: When crowdfunding reveals the realities of game dev budgets Exclusive 21
by Leigh Alexander [02.13.15]
Crowdfunding has placed game developers closer to their players, and offered more creative freedom. But new challenges await -- particularly concerning budgeting.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive