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Updates » Indie
Q&A: Being OK with being lost in Capy's Below  
by Kris Graft [04.19.18]
We speak with Kris Piotrowski, game director on Capy's Below, to talk about the joy of exploration, having faith in players' brains, and, of course, beautiful 4K grass.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How the West was fun: Have a look at West of Loathing's design doc 3
by Alex Wawro [04.18.18]
It's a well-written and cheeky example of a game design doc, as well as perhaps the only example of a public design doc for a comedy RPG set in a Wild West populated entirely by stick figures.
Indie, Design

How to market a game with minimal budget  
by Staff [04.18.18]
No More Robots' Mike Rose shares how he got press, streamers, YouTubers, deals, and sales for the procedurally generated biking game Descenders.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Sponsored: Join this free live webinar on cross-platform multiplayer game dev!  
by Amazon GameLift [04.17.18]
In this free webinar, join AWS and Amazon GameLift and learn how to support cross-platform play for your multiplayer game. Register now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Reversing the sunk cost fallacy: Devs recount what shouldn't have been cut 2
by Richard Moss [04.17.18]
"We should abandon that feature, even though we've sunk so much time and efort into it!" Sometimes this is the right call, but other times, maybe not -- as these dev stories suggest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Dwarf Fortress is giving its dwarves the ability to form (and dwell on) memories 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.16.18]
An upcoming update diminishes the 'overbearing' effect of alcohol in-game and gives each little dwarf memories, and the ability to be traumatized by them.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: Making Hellblade an indie game with AAA values  
by Staff [04.16.18]
How does a team of 15 work to create a game with AAA production standards? British indie studio Ninja Theory is figuring that out, as cofounder Tameem Antoinades explains in this GDC Europe 2015 talk.
Console/PC, Indie

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dancing Below The Ceiling?  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.15.18]
This week's highlights include an update on Capy's much-discussed Below, how Valve gets you to look up in their first-person shooters, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Exploring interactive dialogue differently in #WarGames  
by Emma Kidwell [04.13.18]
Sam Barlow discusses taking a different approach to interactive dialogue with #WarGames.
Indie, Design

Hellblade wins big at 2018 BAFTAs as Edith Finch takes top honor  
by Alex Wawro [04.12.18]
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted its annual game awards in London this evening, and the list of winners is dominated by indie devs like Ninja Theory and Giant Sparrow.
Indie, Business/Marketing

How 'B-games' influenced the design of Getting Over It  
by Emma Kidwell [04.12.18]
Bennett Foddy and Derek Yu discuss the impact of B-games like Sexy Hiking and the influence they had on indie developers.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Rendering the striking visuals of Capybara's Below  
by Staff [04.12.18]
Capybara Games' Colin Weick speaks at GDC 2017 about the techniques used to achieve high visual fidelity in the context of the simplified yet dense aesthetic of the studio's upcoming roguelike Below.
Indie, Art, Design

Sponsored: Designing architecture to support cross-platform play  
by Bruce Brown, Peter Chapman [04.12.18]
Experts from the Amazon GameLift team take an informative deep-dive into the architecture of cross-platform multiplayer games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Sponsored Article

In It To Minit: Designing a world of one-minute adventures  
by Alex Wiltshire [04.12.18]
Minit devs Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman open up about how they designed their one-minute adventure game to be fun but not frustrating, and why time limits are great for emphasizing player choice.
Indie, Design

With 2 million units sold, Shovel Knight generated the most income from Switch sales  
by Emma Kidwell [04.11.18]
The Nintendo Switch became Shovel Knight's third best selling platform, selling 370,000 units in just a year and generating the most revenue.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How game writers craft meaningful romances in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.18]
A roundtable interview on writing romance, featuring Samantha Wallschlaeger (Guild Wars 2, ME: Andromeda), Ben Gelinas (Dragon Age, Mass Effect), Ed Sibley (Love Island) & Jared Rosen (Dream Daddy).
Console/PC, Indie, Design

'It should seep in by osmosis': Devs discuss what makes great flavor text  
by Alex Wawro [04.10.18]
"It should seep in by osmosis, minimize the amount you take the player away from the gameplay," says game designer Brian Reynolds in a PCGamer feature about how devs write good flavor text in games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How good game design is like a magic trick  
by Staff [04.10.18]
At GDC 2018 game designer Jennifer Scheurle showcases some of her favorite examples of the ways games "trick" players, cherry-picking from the tricks and secrets she got from fellow devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Building a multiplayer game entirely around economic systems 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.18]
Game develoer John Krajewski pens a fascinating blog post about how the creation and growth of an economy as a tool for achieving your goals forms the backbone of multiplayer play in his game Eco.
Social/Online, Indie

Game makers share some of their favorite dev 'hacks' 1
by Alex Wawro [04.09.18]
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail posed a fun question on Twitter this morning: "What is your favorite or most surprising 'hack' solution to a game development problem you've personally used or implemented?"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design