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The hidden costs of scripting game behavior 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.15]
"I’m going to talk about the costs and benefits of adding scripting to a game project, not all of which are obvious, based on my own experiences of working on game projects."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

How to finish your first game when you can't seem to finish your first game 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.15]
"A lot of people have asked us about this process, especially people like us who are trying to go from the place we were a year ago -- that is, never having made a game -- to where we are now."
Indie, Production

Video games are broken toys 35
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.15]
"I only know one sure-fire way to break a toy. Toys are very simple, and thus, very durable. Just about anything you can imagine can work in a toy, except for one thing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How we took our game on tour 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.15]
"We took Temple of Yog out on tour across North America. We drove a van over 3500 miles across northeastern U.S. and Canada, and had a blast showing people the game and culture around it."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

5 misconceptions about UX design in video games 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.15]
"UX explores how it is like for the target audience (the players) to experience your game. It uses neuroscience and psychology knowledge to make sure that the game has good usability and is immersive."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Where do I start if I want to develop for consoles? 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.15]
Questions written by experienced indie Rob Fearon and answered by Microsoft's Chris Charla, and Sony's Shahid Ahmad: A quick guide to what it takes to get onto PlayStation and Xbox.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Best practices for using the PlayStation 4 controller speaker 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.15]
"The speaker controller is a fun tool and can really add an extra level of immersion beyond the normal mix. We received a lot of positive feedback for our use of it in inFAMOUS Second Son."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

The risks of using Steam Spy to evaluate a dev's performance 2
by Alex Wawro [04.06.15]
Lots of folks are using the third-party Steam stat tracker to study how games are selling, but developer Dave Gilbert cautions us not to get carried away -- 'copies owned' rarely equals copies sold.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Gameflow: Comebacks, advantages, and entropy in competitive games 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"Gameflow. Make it interesting and worth the players' time. In my opinion, there is not a lot of deviation and playroom from curve of these good examples."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Stick Shift to Nintendo's lenticular design 1
by Kris Ligman [04.06.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the lenticular design of Nintendo games to the (literal) autoeroticism of Robert Yang's Stick Shift.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Enthusiasm, perfectionism, momentum, and failure 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"My biggest mistake was to completely think that I only need to do the business side of it, and let everything else come together by just presenting a plan and let creative talents take over."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How jumping on the MOBA bandwagon can f@!# your company up 20
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"A fast follower strategy can be a viable tactic. But not when everybody else and their dog is doing it. Developers seem to be in the 'let's make a game like DotA/LoL, just a little different' mindset."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Here we are now, edutain us: Education and games with SpaceChem's Zach Barth  
by Phill Cameron [04.06.15]
We talk to Zach Barth about how making educational games has made him a better game designer, and why it's so hard to make educational games in the first place.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Does Paula Deen's new mobile game infringe on an artist's copyright? 14
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"Reports are indicating that the depiction of Deen in her game may be a potential copyright infringement. The caricature of Deen is a little too close to artist Jerrod Maruyama’s drawing of her."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Video: Leading players astray with unexpected stories in 80 Days 1
by Staff [04.03.15]
As part of the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit, 80 Days writer Meg Jayanth spoke about how stories in games are uniquely able to engage, surprise, delight and discomfit players.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How to design effective achievements for your game Exclusive 31
by Lucas Blair [04.03.15]
In this classic feature, PhD researcher and game designer Lucas Blair uses academic research to formulate tips and best practices for designing your in-game achievements.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Don't monetize your (first) games 23
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"After I have become skilled enough, built a name for myself and the team, had built games that lots of people played and enjoyed -- then I'll be able to monetize."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Experiments in creating systems for storytelling 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"If you can represent something in that format, you can design and implement a game out of it. And if you can represent anything in that format, you can make a game out of anything."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Technical postmortem: Bringing Octodad to life  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
From character modeling to dealing with deploying on multiple platforms, this exhaustive technical postmortem gives you a look at what it took to make Dadliest Catch.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The butterfly effect, or: Fighting floating-point problems 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"As long as the initial starting positions of all the parts were the same then the contraption should always run exactly the same. This is where the floating point problem came into play."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming