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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

Unity focuses on small teams doing big things at its GDC event  
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
Unity's GDC press conference was geared toward not just showcasing Unity 5, but marrying the company's longtime message of democratized development with a focus on how damn good Unity games can look.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Unity 5 released with upgrades, full-featured free version 26
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
This morning, Unity released the latest version of its engine, which it announced a year ago -- and Gamasutra talks to CEO John Riccitiello about the competition, and his plans for the company.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing

5 game design lessons learned playing Grim Fandango Remastered  
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
"We all have favorite games and within those games, moments that make them special. Thanks to the release of Grim Fandango Remastered, Iím able to relive that journey."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

'But it's not historically accurate!' - Diversity in historical games 27
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
"If the perception that a straight, white male cast is 'historically accurate' can be dismantled with a little research, where does that common perception come from?"
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Exploring what it takes to make a funny game Exclusive 1
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

500 games launched per day on iOS last year (and other digital sales facts) 8
by Kris Graft [03.02.15]
With digital marketplaces becoming increasingly crowded, Mike Rose, of tinyBuild dug into the current state of indie sales expectations for digital platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Narrative and design insights from 80 Days' writing lead  
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
At GDC 2015, Meg Jayanth, lead writer of acclaimed mobile adventure game 80 Days, shared insights into how the team at Inkle created a deeply narrative, highly nonlinear and satisfying story.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From the Semiotics of PlayStation to the Pitfalls of Jiggle Physics  
by Riley MacLeod [03.02.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Riley MacLeod on topics ranging from a look back at the first PlayStation controller to the pitfalls of jiggle physics.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

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

Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone 57
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
You'll still pay a royalty on any commercial projects you make, but say goodbye to subscription fees -- the popular engine is now completely free to try.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Match game mechanics: An exhaustive survey 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
An exhaustive look at 2D matching puzzles: "We played and analyzed many match games to deconstruct their mechanics. In this article we share our findings."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Preparing for Steam Greenlight with a Concept Page 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.02.15]
"The main lesson I learned with this campaign is that the Concept audience probably does not represent the Greenlight audience. Despite that, I still believe that using Steam Concepts is worthwhile."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: What is the purpose of game development? 15
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"'What is the purpose of game development?' I will take a leap beyond game development and quote Alejandro Jodorowsky: 'What is the goal of life? It's to create yourself a soul.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Renegade kid's Jools Watsham (Xeodrifter) on the Metroidvania  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
What's the appeal of the genre? Read here the expanded full-length interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- find out everything he had to say about why the Metroidvania matters.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC 2015 coverage begins!  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Click this link to be magically transported to the central location for Gamasutra's GDC coverage -- which is already full of good stuff, and which will be live from the show in San Francisco starting Monday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

On indie game pricing 32
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
Dan Adelman -- formerly Nintendo's indie guy, now a consultant to independent devs -- outlines exactly why a game like the upcoming Axiom Verge is worth $19.99, and what goes into indie pricing.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Molyneux reflects on indie dev and the rebirth of design  
by Staff [02.27.15]
At GDC 2014, 22cans founder and industry veteran Peter Molyneux talks through what he learned as a developer who "grew up indie" and worked in AAA before going indie again with 22cans.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

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