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Unity VR optimization hints and tips 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.03.14]
"I know itís a list and a bit bossy but I feel strongly that the combination of these tips will help any game run well in VR on Unity."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, VR

I am Bread dev: Building games for YouTube is a bad idea Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [11.03.14]
Earlier this month, Bossa Studios unveiled I am Bread, a game about manhandling a piece of bread in a bid to become toast.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Standing out from the big guys with character art 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.03.14]
"In the Sanctum series, we have carved out a niche by doing the opposite of what most big companies are doing when it comes to character design, and weíve had great feedback from our community because of it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Consensual tentacles: Naomi Clark's provocative card game Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [11.03.14]
New York-based veteran developer Naomi Clark is fundamentally a brilliant designer first, a sexual politician second. Her new game Consentacle seems familiar, until you unpack it just a little bit.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

'What are your favorite horror games, and why?' 13
by Christian Nutt [10.31.14]
For our Halloween question, we asked developers to share their favorites in the horror genre. But since it's a dev question, we wanted a little more than that...
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How on Earth did Mike Bithell score Andy Serkis for Volume? Exclusive 5
by Mike Rose [10.31.14]
Mike Bithell, the British developer behind Thomas Was Alone, has managed to bag actor Andy Serkis for the voice of villain Guy Gisborne in upcoming stealth game Volume.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: A study of how horror games affect their players 13
by Joel Windels [10.31.14]
Usability studio Vertical Slice measures player reactions to four horror games to find out which is "scariest," how casual and core players react, and whether they get scared in the same way.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Another developer sees diminishing returns on Kickstarter 13
by Alex Wawro [10.31.14]
UPDATE "Itís impossible not to notice a sense of apathy towards Kickstarter these days," writes designer Agustin Cordes "In short, few people seem to be backing games these days, including our own."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: The story of the Halloween Mod for Half-Life  
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
An interview, by a fan and game design student, with the creator of a popular Halloween-themed mod from 2002: Swiss_Cheese Halloween Mod.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Thoughts on the glorification of violence 107
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
"I think the glorification of violence is something that people -- particularly males -- are taught to value. I don't think it's something we would otherwise naturally value."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC Next: Lecture recommendations for press  
by Simon Carless [10.31.14]
GDC organizers have helped put together a list of some of the most interesting lectures at next week's s GDC Next event, with an eye towards what would work well written up for a larger audience.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Blog: Making games is hard 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
On difficult decisions, and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. "It feels like the number one enemy in any act of creation is time; thereís never enough of it."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

The Witness artist reminds us to keep it simple, stupid Exclusive 8
by Alex Wawro [10.31.14]
"To evoke emotions through art, in games or anything else, you have to break down your medium," says The Witness artist and Twelve Minutes developer Luis Antonio.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete 17
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Composing an indie RPG title track 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
On the collaborative process of working with a composer: "I gave some specific feedback... but I ultimately needed to trust his ability to polish the piece."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Production

Don't Miss: The neuroscience of survival horror 14
by Maral Tajerian [10.30.14]
How do survival horror games like The Evil Within work on our brains? Neuroscientist M. Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia, Dead Space and Silent Hill in this classic feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Designing a 'playable' UI that secretly teaches how to play 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"We could have relied on traditional, text-based tutorials, but most players would have just ignored them to then have a hard time playing the game like itís supposed to be played."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Developers, get ready: GDC Next kicks off on Monday  
by Staff [10.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next Monday. Here's what you need to know about where to go and what to see while you're there.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Creating an atmospheric, non-Euclidian environment 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"When the player walks off the side, theyíre teleported to a corresponding point on the adjacent side and rotated ninety degrees. The result is suitably disorienting: walk long enough in a straight line and youíll make figure-eights."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

How Spelunky helped Dan Marshall reinvent The Swindle Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Last year, developer Dan Marshall cancelled The Swindle, a game he had been working on for two years. Now the dev has resurrected the game with a new direction -- and it's all thanks to Spelunky.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video