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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 it’s 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, they’re 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 you’ll 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

Screencheat is a game about screencheating Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
I reckon the team behind Screencheat must have been dirty rotten cheaters in the days of local multiplayer. Originally dreamt up during the Global Game Jam earlier this year, Screencheat is an experience entirely centered around looking at what everyone else is doing.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Not uniting to 'beat' Greenlight, but understanding the struggle 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"Greenlight could have worked but it's missing one important feature: a recommendation system based on the recent activity of a user on Steam."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Making better tutorials and menus for mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"If you take a critical eye to modern games and see what they’ve done well and what they haven’t, you can apply these to your own games. With a bit of thought and some testing, you can make your game a much nicer experience for everyone."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

D.I.C.E. Award submissions now open, with two new categories 1
by Christian Nutt [10.29.14]
The Academy Interactive Arts & Sciences has opened the submission process for its annual D.I.C.E. Summit awards ceremony, and adds two new categories designed to recognize innovation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: Mastering the art of killing your games 8
by Staff [10.29.14]
Adam Telfer is a product lead at Wooga who had failed on at least seven projects when he spoke at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year about Wooga's "hit filter" approach to game design and killing your darlings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Amnesia developer shares 4 ways to design for horror Exclusive 5
by Kris Graft [10.29.14]
Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip seems like a pretty affable guy. But the games he makes scare the living crap out of people.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Blog: How to get diversity in game dev - without the internet arguments 35
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
One indie dev's action plan for making a change: "I say we follow up our positive ideologies with positive actions. Things that will bring real diversity into the industry."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to make game trailers like the triple-A studios 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
A how-to guide that breaks down a trailer: "Take time and create a trailer you're proud of. Show friends and your team before publishing. It's entirely about quality when showcasing your game."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game design in VR: Pushing off from a new frontier 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
"VR is demanding we re-investigate from the ground up all things we have been assuming about UI/UX, and that we look deeper into cognitive science to address questions about how we perceive our environments."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Blog: What does a game value? 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
"There is a problem with his characterization as a kind and merciful commander, though: the gameplay. The only way to gain experience in this game is to kill enemy units."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: If you must use runes... 32
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
On using archaic alphabets: "Runes are a historical alphabet. You might be writing something ridiculous in runes without noticing it if you don't pay a minimal amount of attention."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Building Runbow, the first nine-player Wii U platformer Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [10.29.14]
13AM Games in Toronto has figured out how to make a 9-player competitive platformer for the Wii U. But how do they solve the design challenges of fitting that many players on a single screen?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Stuck in Steam Greenlight: Dev takes matters into his own hands 9
by Christian Nutt [10.28.14]
Stuck in the middle with no way to move up the ranks fast enough to get added to Steam, one dev has founded a Facebook group so devs vote on each others' games.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing