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Devs Answer: how much did your parents support playing video games as a kid?  
by Bryant Francis [04.29.16]
We polled developers on how their parents felt about them playing games as kids to see which ones had full support, and which ones were only able to justify it once they'd built a career on them.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The unexpected creative genesis of Her Story  
by Christian Nutt [04.29.16]
"If all your ideas are coming from movies, that can be a problem. An artist has already gone out into the world and compressed a lot of information to create that film."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Get a job: Be a UI Artist on Rocket League  
by Staff [04.29.16]
Psyonix, the independent developer behind Rocket League, is looking for a highly skilled UI Artist to join the team working at its offices in San Diego, California.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Recruitment

Video: Designing without a pitch - The FTL postmortem  
by Staff [04.29.16]
FTL†devs Matthew Davis and Justin Ma speak frankly at GDC 2013 about how and why they†frequently altered or abandoned aspects of the game's†design as they developed it to evoke a specific feeling.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

8 tips for showcasing your game at a convention like PAX  
by Gamasutra Community [04.29.16]
From booth facing to strategic activity design, indie front TinyBuild shares lessons learned from bringing booths and showcasing games at 8 PAX events in a row.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Making the switch from indie developer to indie publisher  
by Gamasutra Community [04.29.16]
"This was the first time Iíd ever published a game by another indie developer, and I found the journey incredibly eye opening. Iíve gone ahead and written up the story of how it all happened."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Games as revolutionary acts: Historians talk 1979 Revolution  
by Gamasutra Community [04.29.16]
History Respawned's Bob Whitaker talks with historian Zackery Heern about the choice-driven narrative game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, which is based on real history.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Japanese indie dev on designing for NicoNico Video's new game platform  
by Lena LeRay [04.28.16]
The indie dev known as Krobon describes the unique challenges of creating a platformer (Pharaoh Rebirth+) designed to be released episodically on NicoNicoVideo's new game platform.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

'There are a lot of ways to chop off a head' - Double Fine's Tim Schafer on humor 10
by Brandon Sheffield [04.28.16]
Tim Schafer discusses the challenges and triumphs of creating games with humor, as he illustrates his storied career.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

3 ways to build emotional connections with game design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
A survey of three different methods game design offers to build emotional connections with players, taken from How Games Move Us: Emotion By Design by Katherine Isbister.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Applying lessons learned from bad horror games in Dead Secret 4
by Joel Couture [04.27.16]
Chris Pruett's encyclopedic knowledge of horror games fueled the creation of Dead Secret. But, surprisingly, he said that bad horror games taught him a lot more than the masterpieces.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Blog: Microtransactions aren't evil -- in my game, anyway 24
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"It makes me personally sad that some of the people whose opinions I respect the most are the people who are the most actively critical of our work, but it is what it is. My takeaway is that art is subjective."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Linden Lab opens up VR world Project Sansar to outside creators 1
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
The company that opened up user generated 3D space with Second Life, and has a plan to do it once again -- but this time, in virtual reality.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Top Steam game sales steady; the rest, trending downward 9
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
SteamSpy now has a year of data to pull from, and it seems the increasing numbers of games on Steam means that games that are not major successes are selling worse.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The pros and cons of collectible card game-based design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.26.16]
"A big part of CCGs is letting the player personalize their experience. The most straightforward approach is having a deck or deck-like system that the player picks and chooses from." It doesn't end there, though.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

3 solutions to 3 problems in interactive fiction 11
by Gamasutra Community [04.25.16]
"The player's need to examine the text for gameplay clues wrecks the emotional effects the author works to build." That's just one problem for writing for games -- but here are some solutions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Now's the time to submit your game for Sense of Wonder Night 2016  
by Alex Wawro [04.22.16]
Submissions are now open for Sense of Wonder Night, that†annual showcase of interesting and innovative games that takes place as part of the Tokyo Game Show's indie game exhibition.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What Magic: The Gathering teaches us about game design 34
by Will Luton [04.22.16]
In this classic feature, Will Luton deconstructs the original collectible card game, Magic the Gathering, and the important lessons it holds for today's video game designers.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Creating perfectly pixelated (2D or 3D) games with Unity 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.16]
"Do you want to make a Unity game with retro graphics? This article is for you! It is separated into two parts: 2D and 3D games. I'll mention the techniques used in 64 Pixels of Cute and Forest At Night."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Simple, but incredibly filling: Devs weigh in on Stephen's Sausage Roll 9
by Phill Cameron [04.22.16]
"It's the only time I've ever felt scared looking at a puzzle," says Bennett Foddy of QWOP and Super Pole Riders. "And it's nothing more than an artful arrangement of sausages."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video