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My GDC: Indie loserdom, hope, and friendship 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.11.15]
"If ever youíre asking yourself if attending GDC is worth it ... Iíve made scores of friends that will certainly come to my aid in ways that I canít even imagine yet, and probably at a time that I least expect it."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: DoubleBear's Dead State - Controlling scope in an RPG 1
by Brian Mitsoda [03.11.15]
A look back at Dead State, from Kickstarter success through Early Access before final release, with Brian Mitsoda, Creative Director of Doublebear.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Crystal Quest Kickstarter funding fail postmortem 18
by Gamasutra Community [03.11.15]
"I really feel bad about all the things I did not do. The great opportunities offered that I didnít take advantage of. The whole thing happened so fast."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills 36
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
There are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; this post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

GDC In Pictures: Highlights from GDC 2015 1
by Alex Wawro [03.10.15]
To give you a taste of what it was like to be at GDC 2015, we've taken the liberty of compiling a few highlights from the Official GDC Photostream.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From This War of Mine to highlights from GDC  
by Cameron Kunzelman [03.10.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Cameron Kunzelman on topics ranging from This War of Mine to highlights from this year's Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Understanding your Kickstarter liabilities 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
The legal issues surrounding failed Kickstarter projects are largely untested waters, but if recent lawsuits are any indication, then those venturing into this crowdfunding sea may be subjecting themselves to more risk than they realize.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sticking with a vision, for better or worse 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
I don't know about you, but I admit I have an issue sometimes when executing an idea and finding that it's veering off course, even though sometimes it's for the better.
Indie, Design

'T.M.I.': Preserving the suspension of disbelief through ambiguity Exclusive 7
by Phill Cameron [03.10.15]
What information should you tell the player, and what will shatter their immersion? We investigate.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

But seriously, let's talk a little bit more about SteamVR 15
by Kris Graft [03.09.15]
The talk of GDC 2015 was the SteamVR / HTC Vive hands-on demo. Editor-in-chief Kris Graft can't stop thinking about it, so here are more thoughts on the promise of VR, and what it'll take to get there.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, VR

New service aims to crowdfund collectible versions of digital games  
by Alex Wawro [03.09.15]
Developers of digital-only games, take note: there's a new service in town that will help you crowdfund and produce a limited physical edition of your game packed with "feelies" like posters, statues and mixtapes.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

10 things I thought were true about making indie games (until I tried them out myself) 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"There are few better feelings in the world than releasing a game you dreamed up and built and having people pay real money for it -- just remember that making any successful game is going to be a huge challenge."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC reports record-breaking attendance and announces 2016 dates  
by Staff [03.09.15]
Game Developers Conference has set a record for event attendance, with more than 26,000 industry professionals at last week's conference in San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Chasing happiness, as a game developer 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"I'm not here to tell you that I've got it all worked out. I really don't. I still struggle with the voices in my head bickering back and forth about what is best for me."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Life of Pixel: The business realities of a moderate-at-best indie hit 25
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"We just need to hang on in there, and hopefully at some point soon our fortunes will improve. Indie development can be a tricky beast!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

4 vital contract terms when hiring a game dev contractor  
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"Without a written contract, many of these issues (and others I didnít address) are left unresolved. Before entering into a working relationship, get it in writing. It can benefit all parties involved."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Pathing and movement on a 3D grid 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"There are a lot of things to consider with movement in a 3D game, even a grid-based one. Some of these issues we tackled ahead of time, while others required playtesting and iteration."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Postmortem: Human Extinction Simulator 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"I was now in the right state of mind to work on my best game yet that would let me get my hopes up for the first time. I was ready to put to good use the last seven years I spent 'trying' to actually 'making.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Suviving LocJam: Localizing a game on the quick  
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.15]
Game translators were offered a nice interactive story, Grandpa. A creepy atmosphere and a disturbing twist gave us translators good material to test both our technical knowledge and literary talent.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

How to manage level background assets for a 2D smartphone game 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.15]
"The purpose is to get things in order and save production time and budgets. In producing background art, our team use 2D or 3D pre-render solutions ... so we have both 2D and 3D assets to manage."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production