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Replaying value: A unity of mechanics and theme in Moon Hunters  
by Katherine Cross [09.12.16]
There isn’t much in Moon Hunters’ mechanics or its emphasis on replayability that’s strictly new; what impresses is how they are used to draw the game’s theme into sharp definition. for my
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Creating an organic interconnected game world in Giant Squid's Abzu 1
by Heather Alexandra [09.12.16]
Abzu's lovingly crafted ecosystem has subtleties that many players may never notice. “The world needs to feel authentic,” Matt Nava explains. "This helps us communicate a sense of awe.”
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video

Video: Designing Valley, a game where the world dies when you do  
by Staff [09.09.16]
We interviewed the developers of Valley on our new Twitch stream to learn about the secrets of the games' development.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Staying happy, creative, and productive in the tumultuous world of game dev 1
by Bryant Francis [09.09.16]
The game development can be joyful and fulfilling, but it can also be a grind. We spoke to several AAA and indie developers about how they deal with the struggle to stay focused, driven and creative.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Q&A: Why Arcen Games needed to sacrifice Release Raptor to stay afloat 1
by Thomas Faust [09.08.16]
"What the key realization was, though, was that this game had sold so poorly that I could actually withdraw it from the market with minimal financial loss compared to what I'd otherwise lose."
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Mayfair Games co-founder Peter Bromley  
by Bryant Francis [09.08.16]
Peter Bromley, co-founder of tabletop games publisher Mayfair Games, has passed away.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Can joy be more 'adult' than violence? 30
by Leigh Alexander [09.08.16]
In this timeless 2014 feature Honeyslug's Ricky Haggett and Funomena's Robin Hunicke look at joy as an alternative quality of mature games, which are often dominated by violence.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Got a great idea for a GDC Narrative Summit talk? Submit it now!  
by Staff [09.08.16]
Today, GDC organizers want to remind you that they're currently accepting Narrative Summit talk submissions through Friday, September 23rd. Submit yours now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

IGF 2017 opens call for judges  
by Staff [09.08.16]
Interested in potentially serving as a judge for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards? Now's your chance!
Indie, IGF

Opinion: Publishers for indies -- are they useful anymore? 14
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.16]
As the role of publishers changes, how useful are they really, for indies? And which publishers can actually do effective marketing these days?
Indie, Business/Marketing

The death and rebirth of Harebrained Schemes' Necropolis  
by Alan Bradley [09.08.16]
"Nobody cares how hard you worked or how much passion you put into your game," says Mitch Gitelman of Harebrained Schemes. "All they see is the delta between what they expected and what you delivered."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

The Final Station is half zombie shooter, half train sim  
by Lena LeRay [09.07.16]
"In the narrative, I always look up to Edgar Wright's movies, like Hot Fuzz, [in which] you can see all these mini-stories happening in the background if you look really close," says dev Oleg Sergeev.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Game Design Deep Dive: Relaying asymmetric info in Eon Altar 1
by Joey Wiggs [09.07.16]
Designing a game around a single screen can be hard enough--what about multiple screens in local space? This mobile/PC hybrid tries to do just that, using players' phones or tablets as controllers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Video: Practicing the healthy habits of a successful game maker  
by Staff [09.06.16]
As part of the GDC 2016 Game Career Seminar, game designer Lauren Scott took the stage to talk about some healthy habits she's honed to become a successful game maker.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Heads up, devs: Yoyo Games is doing another GameMaker Humble Bundle 1
by Alex Wawro [09.06.16]
If you've been thinking of trying your hand at GameMaker, now's a good time: The folks at Humble Bundle and Yoyo Games have teamed up once again to offer it (and some extras) in a PWYW bundle.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Submit talks now for the GDC 2017 Community Management Summit!  
by Staff [09.06.16]
Got a great idea for a talk that would fit in well at the 2017 Game Developers Conference Community Management Summit? Great news: Now's the time to submit it & potentially become a GDC 2017 speaker!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, GDC

Lost Castle and the increasing viability of Chinese indie games 2
by Lena LeRay [09.05.16]
Indie game development is becmoning more financially viable in China. For instance, the early access title Lost Castle has already sold 130,000 copies, 100,000 of them in its home country.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Video Game Deep Cuts - Soda Machines & Steam Spy  
by Gamasutra Community [09.03.16]
Asummary of some of the week's most interesting video game culture/development stories, from Dan Pinchbeck on storytelling to Brendon Chung on Quadrilateral Cowboy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sony, Double Fine and more are hiring on the Gamasutra Job Board!  
by Staff [09.02.16]
From Sony Bend to Magic Leap to Double Fine, here are just a few of the many great job openings you'll find over on Gamasutra's industry-leading job board!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Recruitment

Video: Balancing accessibility against depth in game design 1
by Staff [09.02.16]
Witch Beam's Santana Mishra and Tim Dawson speak at GDC 2016 about how they built Assault Android Cactus to be a game that's accessible while also offering something new to hardcore shoot-em-up fans.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault