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Best of 2016: Building truly cooperative play in Overcooked 4
by Staff [12.09.16]
"With Overcooked, we wanted to make a game which was much more focused on how a team works together rather than simply adding more players to a single player experience."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: The tricky design problem of Soma's memorable monsters 1
by Staff [12.09.16]
Mechanical and strict, or random and fuzzy? Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip shares his approach to creating the unique monsters of existential nightmare, Soma.
Indie, Design

Attend GDC 2017 for expert tips on nailing the art direction of your indie game  
by Staff [12.09.16]
In his GDC 2017 talk on "Fast, Cheap and Flashy: An Indie Art Direction Adventure", Chickadee Games' art director Adam DeGrandis will share important lessons learned in his career as a game artist.
Indie, Art, GDC

Doom-inspired roguelike goes open-source in a bid to outrun Zenimax lawyers  
by Alex Wawro [12.07.16]
Many devs will probably appreciate the symbolic resonance of this move, given that id Software open-sourced the original Doom code almost twenty years ago.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Best of 2016: Using a human skull to create the sounds of Inside 8
by Staff [12.07.16]
In this Audio Design Deep Dive, sound designer and composer Martin Stig Andersen explains how and why he used an actual human skull to create the soundscape of Playdead’s Inside.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

The Making of GOP Arcade's Voter Suppression Trail 10
by Phil Hornshaw [12.07.16]
"Oregon Trail is an insanely slow game, very frustrating," says Chris Baker of GOP Arcade. "We matched the feeling of the original quite closely."
Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC 2017 for practical tips on making games with a shoestring budget 1
by Staff [12.07.16]
Game Developers Conference organizers are happy to announce another great talk taking place at the show that addresses a tricky but all-too-real topic -- making games on shoestring budgets.
Indie, Production, GDC

Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny 2
by Chris Priestman [12.07.16]
"You may sell the player with a ‘you get to be an evil bully’ promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Best of 2016: The 4 years of self-imposed crunch that went into Stardew Valley 49
by Chris Baker [12.06.16]
In this 2016 gem, dev Eric Barone talks about the 4 years of 70-hour weeks that went into Stardew Valley. "You should be free to work yourself to the bone, but not to force someone else to."
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

YouTubers get 10% cut of games they promote in new Game Jolt Partners program 1
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
Game platform and marketplace Game Jolt has launched a new "Partners" program that's pitched as a way for game devs and YouTubers/streamers to work together to sell more games -- via its storefront.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Grappling with the dark side of game development 2
by Staff [12.06.16]
As part of the GDC 2016 Independent Games Summit, game designer Joshua Boggs (Framed) gave an emotional talk about how his quest for validation and acclaim led him to sacrifice things he held dear.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

IGF 2017 announces juries for Nuovo, Student, and Visual Art awards  
by Staff [12.06.16]
The juries behind the GDC 2017 Independent Games Festival include a diverse lineup of lauded developers and industry professionals sign on to decide the finalists for next year's awards.
Indie, Art, Design, IGF

To promote tech education, Canada's Prime Minister made his own game 3
by Alex Wawro [12.05.16]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter account lit up today with a message all-too-familiar to many indie devs: Mr. Trudeau has made a video game, and he'd like everyone to play it.
Indie, Production

Best of 2016: Coding principles from the early days of id Software 6
by Kris Graft [12.05.16]
At GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany earlier this year, John Romero ran down some of the key programming principles that id Software adhered to in the influential studio’s early years.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Don't Miss: 7 great minigames that game developers should study 17
by Staff [12.05.16]
Minigames are one of the many tools devs can use to offer players a unique experience and make game worlds feel alive. Here are some examples of great minigames devs should pay close attention to.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Come to GDC 2017 for expert advice on getting the media to cover your game 1
by Staff [12.05.16]
In his GDC 2017 talk, ICO Partners' Thomas Reisenegger will deconstruct exactly why why some games (like No Man's Sky) get more time in the spotlight while most struggle to get noticed.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2017 donates Summit passes to Indie Giving charity  
by Staff [12.05.16]
Once again, GDC 2017 organizers reaffirm their partnership with the Indie Giving charity effort by donating 30 GDC 2017 Indie Games Summit tickets - contribute now to get your pass!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Majestic Dishonored Easter Egg  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.05.16]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, examines Dishonored 2, the making of Majestic & GTA V's Easter Eggs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Controlling two things at once in Soft Body 4
by Zeke Virant [12.05.16]
"The act of controlling two snakes at once seems like a impossible task the first time you experience it – like your brain is resisting what you want it to do." - Zeke Virant, creator of Soft Body
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Opinion: Moon Hunter's quiet, compassionate feminism 1
by Katherine Cross [12.02.16]
Like any fable, Moon Hunters’ story is a tidy thing, tied off in a flawless knot. The message is that retribution only begets more pain, while forgiveness makes us whole.
Console/PC, Indie, Design