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Could changing how in-game shops work make RPGs better? 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.15]
"I explore Divinity: Original Sin's randomized shop inventory system and how to improve it to reduce frustration while keeping the current spirit of the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Six months in to running my indie studio... 9
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.15]
"Six months ago, I left a six-figure job so that I could start my own video game studio. Here’s what went right and a little less-than-right over the previous six months."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Goat Simulator's wild ride to success: A 'strange' postmortem 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.15]
"We’ve discarded a large part of game development practices that are usually fundamental to how you make games. We’ve made a game in a way we never thought we would, and it actually worked."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: McClure and Brough's Become a Great Artist in Just 10 Seconds  
by Kris Graft [02.20.15]
Become a Great Artist in Just 10 Seconds is about chaos, confusion, and creation. Creators Michael Brough and Andi McClure tell us a bit about making the game, as part of our Road to the IGF series.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Twitch is holding its first con - this September in San Francisco 2
by Christian Nutt [02.20.15]
Twitchcon will hit the City by the Bay this Fall -- and bring "broadcasters, game developers, viewers" and the popular streaming service together under one roof for two days.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: An insider's guide to localizing your game for China  
by Staff [02.20.15]
From gameplay to monetization, linguistics to UI/UX, Reality Squared's Shaun Newcomer explains how foreign developers can tackle the challenges of Chinese game localization at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

The power of free: The tools we use 13
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
A look inside a one indie developer's pipeline, peppered with free programs that still let you get the game-development job done.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Metroidvania maker: Axiom Verge's Tom Happ on the genre  
by Christian Nutt [02.20.15]
As part of Christian Nutt's Metroidvania feature he interviewed a lot of devs; many of their insights are compelling to stand alone -- so here's the full interview with Axiom Verge's Tom Happ.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

The future of GameMaker, according to Yoyo Games and Playtech  
by Alex Wawro [02.20.15]
GameMaker Studio creator Yoyo Games and new owner Playtech issued a joint statement today that sheds a smidgen of light on what the future holds for devs who use the GameMaker toolset.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Romance in Sunless Sea: 'A fleeting clench-and-wriggle in the dark'  
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
"Players seem to have enjoyed their illicit flings - and they seem to have engaged more deeply with the officers as a result. We've achieved what we set out to, and I’d always rather leave players asking for more."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Learn to survive and thrive in the face of failure at GDC 2015  
by Staff [02.20.15]
Game Developers Conference 2015 officials seek to highlight a set of notable sessions aimed at helping you be productive in the face of failure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

There is only concept: Frozen Cortex and the art of standing out 3
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
"Unless you’ve made a Darkest Dungeon, Five Nights at Freddy’s or Plague Inc, something which takes on a life of its own... you have to attempt to put aside the fatigue and get other people excited."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Creating a Smash Bros.-style camera system for four players 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
A programming-oriented post covering the logic in creating a camera system for a side-view multiplayer game -- one that tracks four players who battle and keeps the view dynamic and useful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Ten expert speakers tackle big ideas in the GDC 2015 Microtalks  
by Staff [02.20.15]
Attend GDC 2015's Microtalks session to see ten brief, rapid-fire talks about the philosophy, history and futures of the design, art and culture of games and play, all packed into a single hour.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

The poor man's voxel engine: A look back at years of toil 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
"Clearly, this article is mostly useless if you're interested in writing your own voxel engine. I just want to share the petty drama of my past four and a half years."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Finally, some details about what Magic Leap actually is 15
by Phill Cameron [02.20.15]
MIT Technology Review has some details about what Magic Leap is, and how it works.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Sustaining yourself as an indie studio  
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
What it means to sustain your studio: "Learn the strengths of the team. The people you work with will make or break a company, so it pays in spades to evaluate what each person brings to the table."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Art Direction Bootcamp: An expert roundtable Q&A  
by Andrew Maximov [02.20.15]
Seasoned artists from Naughty Dog, BioWare, Hello Games and Deep Silver Volition answer community questions, ahead of GDC 2015's Art Direction Bootcamp.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Road to the IGF: Down to the Wire's Ice-Bound Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
An interactive novel and an augmented reality game that got kicked off by the suggestion to create a project to "imagine the future of the book," Ice-Bound is an IGF Excellence in Narrative finalist.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, IGF

A journalist's take on how to write your press release 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
IndieGames.com's Lena LeRay checks out dozens of press releases a day, and here offers some quick, salient tips about what works -- and what does not -- when approaching journalists for coverage.
Indie, Business/Marketing