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Abzu and the challenge of conveying emotions through game design 1
by Alex Wawro [08.02.16]
As Giant Squid releases Abzu, lead engineer Brian Balamut chats with Gamasutra about the practical challenges (and personal upsides) of making a chill nonviolent underwater exploration game.
Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Value Nothing - Using negative space in level design 1
by Staff [08.01.16]
When is something that's not there more important than the things that are there? At GDC 2014, Epic Games' Jim Brown takes the stage to talk in depth about the role of negative space in game design.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: 10 seminal game postmortems every developer should read 3
by Alex Wawro [08.01.16]
These timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The 2017 Independent Games Festival opens calls for submissions  
by Staff [08.01.16]
Submissions are now officially open for the 2017 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 18th year during GDC 2017 in San Francisco next March.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, IGF

Letter from the IGF Chairperson: Welcome to IGF 2017  
by Staff [08.01.16]
As the Independent Games Festival opens for the 19th year, Chairperson Kelly Wallick explains the rules and expectations for this year's big indie game showcase.
Indie, IGF

Star Wars Battlefront fan game shut down by Lucasfilm 3
by Chris Kerr [08.01.16]
"[Lucasfilm and EA's] main concern was due to the possibility of Galaxy in Turmoil taking away attention from their Battlefront franchise."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is money the measure of indie success? 20
by Gamasutra Community [08.01.16]
"What is the measure of success for a game? Or, perhaps more importantly, what is the measure for failure?"
Indie, Business/Marketing

WorkStation: The spaces where 22 different game-makers build worlds 5
by Simon Parkin [08.01.16]
What kind of work stations have Brenda Romero, Masaya Matsura, Ed McMillen, Dylan Cuthbert, Meg Jayanth, and Porpentine created for themselves? We got photos and descriptions from 22 star developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Don't Miss: Quadrilateral Cowboy and good old-fashioned digital bliss 1
by Leigh Alexander [07.29.16]
Now that Quadrilateral Cowboy is finally out, it's a good time to revisit this 2014 conversation with developer Brendon Chung about his design influences, and the game's soft machine charm.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Unity 5.4 sees a stable release, and a beta of 5.5 is in the works  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
Just a quick heads-up for Unity develeopers that the game engine company has today taken the "beta" tag off Unity 5.4 and made it available to devs as a stable release.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Stifled dev on building a horror game around sound 1
by Jeremy Ooi [07.28.16]
Gattai Games' Stifled plunges players into darkness, and forces them to find their way using echolocation--that is, making sounds through a microphone.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Videoball, and the challenge of designing (and selling) simplicity 2
by Joel Couture [07.28.16]
"It's about shapes and its about visibility. It's designed for legibility. Everything is designed for the eyes - for human eyes to be comfortable."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a job: Double Fine Productions is hiring a Lead Animator  
by Staff [07.27.16]
Double Fine, the studio responsible for Headlander, is looking for an experienced game animator to take a lead role at its San Francisco HQ and contribute to development of Psychonauts 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure 30
by Mike Stout [07.27.16]
Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into 8 beats, and runs 2 notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis in this timeless post.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Life is Strange dev expands with Dontnod Eleven partnership  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.16]
The growing partnership will see both outfits work together to share "knowledge, expertise and resources in the years to come." 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Unexpected anxiety following a moderate success 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.16]
Lone wolf developer David Toulouse breaks down his nine year journey in game dev, and the anxieties that came with it.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Writing romances in (non-romance) games 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.16]
Ex-BioWare video game writer Alex Free (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Shadow Realms) explores the unique challenges writers face in creating meaningful romances for video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Tips from Paradox on mixing history with game design  
by Staff [07.26.16]
At GDC 2016, Paradox Development Studio's Chris King shares solutions his studio has for bringing history into your game, while at the same time ensuring the game itself is fun and compelling to play.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Rad adds newer, faster game data compressors to its Oodle offerings  
by Alex Wawro [07.26.16]
Fun names alert: RAD Game Tools has updated its Oodle library of data compression tools for game developers with two new compressors, Selkie and Mermaid, that are faster than Oodle's extant Kraken.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production

Don't Miss: Drugs, randomness, and moral grey areas in We Happy Few 6
by Joel Couture [07.26.16]
Now that the game is out on Early Access, take a moment to read our chat with Compulsion Games' creative director Guillaume Provost about We Happy Few's intriguing design and development.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production