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IGDA working on offering resources for harassed devs 24
by Alex Wawro [08.29.14]
The International Game Developers Association responds to our questions about its stance on the recent spate of online harassment that has been afflicting developers and other industry members.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: #1ReasonToBe inspires European devs at GDC Europe 2014  
by Staff [08.29.14]
GDC Europe 2014 saw the triumphant European debut of one of the most popular GDC sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, GDC Europe

Struggling for independence  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"How to stay independent despite being part of the commercial landscape is the big challenge. Itís a technical, social, legal as well as intellectual challenge."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Constraining the design space of possibility 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"I have always defended 'laser-focused' game design that keeps only what is absolutely needed and cuts off any 'unnecessary' parts... but Iíve been exploring a more balanced approach."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How I teach game design: Games and rules  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
NYU's Eric Zimmerman: A rules-centric approach is a very dry and restrictive way of looking at game design. Itís a formal approach to game design (more on that below). But itís often incredibly useful."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Parodying Final Fantasy in a game jam: Rude Bear RPG  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"I already knew I was going to do an JRPG going in, because this is the seventh Rude Bear, and there was no way RBVII wasnít going to be a Final Fantasy parody."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Blog: 'Making it' in a small, regional game industry  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"A couple of mediocre YouTube videos got me a job in the middleware industry. I'm not making games, but I'm helping others make games and making tons of contacts in the industry in the process."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Dynamic 2D character lighting 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
Double Fine programmer Oliver Franzke writes about the technique used in Broken Age to "integrate Shay into (the beautiful) world" with character lighting.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art

Wii U eShop audience is 93 percent male, 18-plus 7
by Christian Nutt [08.28.14]
According to new stats released by the company at Unity's Unite event in Seattle, Nintendo's audience for download games isn't as young as you might expect.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

IGDA issues statement condemning harassment  
by Christian Nutt [08.28.14]
The International Game Developers Association responds to events where developers and other industry members have been "the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Miegakure dev offers perspective on designing 4D movement 3
by Alex Wawro [08.28.14]
A new promotional video for Marc Ten Bosch's 4D puzzler Miegakure seeks to explain how the game implements four-dimensional movement as a puzzle-solving mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Let's retire the word 'gamer' Exclusive 136
by Brandon Sheffield [08.28.14]
"The word 'gamer' is regressive. It accepts the portrait of us painted by the mainstream news media, and every time I hear it or read it it actually makes me feel a little sick."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Exclusive

Tackling GDC and Gamescom on an indie budget 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"If you play your cards right, you can showcase your game almost non-stop even without a booth, get a lot of valuable contacts and make new friends."
Indie, Business/Marketing

'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over. Exclusive 196
by Leigh Alexander [08.28.14]
'Game culture' as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- itís not even culture. Itís buying things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and itís getting mad on the internet.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Making an effective tutorial 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
How to tutorial: "Like everyone else, I hate tutorials. Eventually over several iterations, I settled on a much more decentralized tutorial system."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Freedom, simplicity of solo development in The Next Penelope Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
The developers behind Hell Yeah! needed the game to be a big hit if Arkedo was going to keep making games. When Hell Yeah! fell short, one of Arkedo's founders tried something new.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: They shout louder 33
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"'They shout louder because theyíre losing.' I donít think itís true, because I think the capital C Conservative group of people who play games arenít losing. The more I think about it, the more I believe they lost years ago."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Pretend it matters - a Ludum Dare postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"I decline to draw sharp lessons from this, no what-went-right or what-went-wrong. Each new approach has a little of both."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Selling a game before it's 'done': Tips and insight for paid alphas Exclusive 6
by Kris Graft [08.28.14]
These days, some of the most successful games out there aren't even out yet. Developers engaged in notable paid alpha campaigns share their experiences so far in a roundtable Q&A.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Wage gauge: Industry salary stats from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [08.27.14]
In this edition you'll find lots of great data aimed at preparing you for a career in game development, including the results of Gamasutra's most recent industry-wide salary survey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, annual Career Guide