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Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 7
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Who am I to tell their story? Writing for diversity  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I will specifically highlight my insecurities while writing about people of color who lived in the age of colonialism. An honest and realistic answer to the question: Who am I to tell their story?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Learning a lot, fast by jamming in VR  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I cannot remember when in the past I learned so much in just one month. We proved we are capable of doing a 3D and VR game in this young technology."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tackling mental illness in game design: A Vanishing Point postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A tough task: Representing mental illness with respect and relevance. "Vanishing Point lacked the laser-precise direction to unite its constituent parts into something thematic, relevant, and positive."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Point-and-click in the age of touch: Interface design for adventure games  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"Create something new nobody has seen before that ultimately fits your game! Seriously! I'd like to encourage that! There should be more adventure games with innovative and new interfaces."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How to use Photoshop Layer Styles: An advanced guide for game illustrators 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"If you're like many Photoshop users, you might not use Layer Styles much. Or maybe you think that they're only good for cheesy bevel and drop shadow effects. Actually, Layer Styles can be very powerful."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Desura is not paying developers, but promises a fix  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
After devs complain publicly about not being paid, the digital download platform releases a statement saying it's "working to correct" problems. Gamasutra speaks to its head of dev relations to find out more.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to manage a 2D art team  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Here I have some tips to share of how to manage an art team. We do outsourcing work, and I think if your art team is a developerís internal team, it doesnít make much difference."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

The 'strange attractor' in video game design 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Before gameplay, mechanics, monetization, or any other key design consideration, a new video game design needs to consider the most important aspect of all: a good concept."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Other people's money 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Creative arrogance -- it has to be just like I dream it! -- is fair until you ask someone else for their help. Any multi-person project necessarily involves a shared vision and shared constraints."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter, or, every publisher's new greenlight process 22
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
On Bloodstained and the new crowdfunding: "Hey, wait a minute! They don't need Kickstarter money to make this game, they need Kickstarter to prove there's an audience so they can get their real funding!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Making a VR game ASAP: Galaxy Grapple, a Gear VR jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
Quick iterations and gameplay experimentation: A look back at the dev process for a VR game developed under tight constraints for a competition.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Game dev Kickstarter in France and Germany, so far 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"On the 13th of May, Kickstarter officially launched in Germany. In just eight days, the service will officially launch in France." Before the official launch, how have game devs from these countries done?
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Armor for dummies, and/or game developers 42
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
A crash course in realistic armor design, since "some game character designers, not having to deal with physical items or the dangers of real battle, don't quite grasp some of the basics of functional armor design."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Core Labs Game Accelerator looking to mentor and fund indie devs  
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Most accelerators aim at pure app startups or at casual, mobile studios -- but the Core Game Accelerator wants to give you money to make a "core" game.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

How Tim Schafer thinks about games 2
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
"Video games are ... a personal perspective on the world thatís consistent within that world. ... Someone really dug deep into their own mind to pull out something personal to say in a game."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: 'Roguelikes' - Getting to the heart of the it-genre 23
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Over the last few years, the roguelike has become the it-genre in games. In this classic 2014 feature, Gamasutra spoke to developers at Klei, Spry Fox and more to get to the heart of its appeal.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

PSA: European Innovative Games Showcase submissions close this Friday  
by Staff [05.20.15]
GDC Europe 2015 officials are still seeking submissions to the 2nd annual European Innovative Games Showcase at the Cologne, Germany show this August. You still have time!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC, GDC Europe

Blog: The first 8 months - going free-to-play 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.15]
Experienced console devs go indie, go mobile, make their dream game, get featured by Apple, and decide to go free-to-play. The stats and thoughts behind the journey and decision.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Creating the 'right' kind of player in the weird FPS Sub Rosa  
by Phill Cameron [05.20.15]
We talk to Cryptic Sea's Alex Austin, about developing Sub Rosa to encourage players not to shoot each other, even though they have automatic weapons and cool suits.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video