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Blog: Cube & Star - An arbitrary postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"The game wasn't designed for sale or critical attention. It wasn't designed with any overt rules or goals. It was a zen little garden with which I could explore some concepts and enjoy the process of development."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Getting Oculus VR immersion right, with Please Don't, Spacedog! 1
by John Polson [04.15.14]
"Everyone else is doing immersion wrong," says Please Don't, Spacedog! developer G.P. Lackey. His game uses an Oculus and MIDI controller combination to confront players with unfamiliar territory.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

6 tips to make your backlog lean 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"A large backlog is a problem. A fat backlog will impede innovation and cause a frustration. Is our ability to generate ideas paradoxically one of the biggest impediments for new ideas?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

The thinking behind the design: 1 turn = 1 year in Hero Generations 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"Very simply, rules and constraints in games are the engine that create challenge and choice. Making choices, and overcoming challenges are what lead to fun, 'a-ha' moments, and joy."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GaymerX2 will be the final GaymerX -- for the foreseeable future 3
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Organizers of the annual GaymerX convention plan to discontinue the event after GaymerX2, which will still take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco July 11 - 13, 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Evolution Games offers coaching from top game schools  
by Sponsor [04.14.14]
Evolution Games, a ground-breaking new platform allowing indie game developers to compete for cash prizes up to $10,000. It is an exclusive opportunity to get FREE global exposure and useable feedback
Indie, Sponsored Article

Blog - Building it big: Hundreds of billions of worlds 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"I decided it would be an MMO, I'd work on it alone, and we would have the entire Milky Way modeled in the game, as closely as we could."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Crafting To Leave, an autobiographical indie game from Ecuador Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Upcoming indie puzzle-platformer To Leave was built a team of student developers, and purports to be the first PSN game based on original IP to ever come out of Ecuador.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: The story of Cave Story, as told by its creator  
by Staff [04.14.14]
Cave Story creator Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya shares his game development philosophy and shows the beta version of Cave Story during a postmortem presentation on the game at GDC 2011.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault, GDC

Blog: Crunch - It's all your fault 17
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
Crunch is less a word and more of an institution. We crunch because it is the personification of what we've been told our entire lives; if we work hard enough, anything is possible.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Georgia passes law offering $25 million in video game tax breaks 17
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Georgia state governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that aims to provide $25 million in tax breaks for video game developers in the region, including companies like Hi-Rez Studios and CCP Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Touchscreen ninja action game Shadow Blade 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"The main design goal for Shadow Blade was to create a platformer for mobile devices that would embrace touch controls as much as possible."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Story in games - What we can learn from other media 14
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"Modern players’ attention spans are very short. We are competing against a lot of media. In terms of storytelling, other media do a much better job."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Difficult identities  
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"As we create more and more opportunities for players to experience being a different self, we are both undermining the stability of identity and liberating the subject from its historical shackles."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Supergiant surprise: Transistor releasing in May 2
by Mike Rose [04.14.14]
Bastion studio Supergiant Games surprised press and players alike over the weekend, revealing that its second game Transistor, thought to be still deep in development, will release next month.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Severed is the next game from DrinkBox Studios 2
by Mike Rose [04.14.14]
DrinkBox Studios, the Canadian developer best known for Guacamelee! and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, announced its latest project over the weekend.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Can I use Twine to teach English as a foreign language? 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"The best part is that exploring all the branches gives them reason to play the same story over and over again, reading text with the same vocabulary words used multiple times in context."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

But is it hot? Design challenges for sex in games Exclusive 27
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.14]
A panel at Different Games convened designers working on expressing intimacy, sexuality and diversity in games to talk about ways to confront common design challenges, and evolve the role sex plays in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Just say no to employment tests 92
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"This is not professional. It's exploitation. It's taking food off your table and doing free work for competitors. It's stealing your life. Time. Time you could be spending with people that like you."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony's Yoshida has advice for Japanese developers: Do what you do best  
by Christian Nutt [04.11.14]
Speaking last night with veteran developer and PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny, the head of Sony's Worldwide Studios looked back at his career and shared insights.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing