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Don't Miss: Carmack's tips on functional programming 11
by John Carmack [11.14.14]
In this classic in-depth feature reprinted from #altdevblogaday, id Software cofounder and Oculus VR CTO John Carmack uses C++ to reveal the value of programming in a functional style.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Robotoki pays a price for abandoning F2P in favor of premium dev  
by Alex Wawro [11.14.14]
Robert Bowling's indie studio has ended its publishing deal with Nexon and laid off staff as it moves to make its formerly F2P project Human Element a premium game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

A quick guide to marketing on social networks for indies 6
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.14]
What you can do to succeed: "The strength of social media lies in interaction. Engage others, contribute to conversation. Word-of-mouth is powerful on social networks."
Indie, Business/Marketing

A guide to creating procedural terrain 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.14]
Code samples and techniques for creating procedural terrain -- a comprehensive guide that should get you on your way.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Blog: In search of art with Jack King-Spooner 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.14]
Art-indie dev Jack King-Spooner on making games: "In terms of outcome games are more rewarding. In terms of process, painting and making music is more rewarding."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Should you upgrade your game for free? We are, and here's why 14
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.14]
"It will be free to current owners. It will be an in-place upgrade, delivered through existing channels. It won't break any of the old stuff... [But] not everyone can or even should do the weird crazy things we do."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

The benefits of less visual detail 17
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
"The burden of realistic visuals is that people expect to be able to interact with the game's realistic world in a realistic sense. They expect to be able to push that chair out of the way."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Blog: When 'doing everything right' goes wrong 28
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
Developing a bigger, better sequel to a freeware hit seems like an obvious win, but the realities of development aren't always so simple.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Speeding up your marketing by using templates: A quick guide  
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
"Using templates still requires a good deal of energy and learning to get right, but often times, they multiply the quality of the outcome if you hadn't used templates."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Congratulations! You're a game dev lead...Now what? 20
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
A guide from Insomniac's Mike Acton: "Congratulations! Youíre a lead. Now what? In general, whatever skills youíve demonstrated that got you to this point arenít the same things youíll be doing from here on out."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Game as memorial: That Dragon, Cancer developer reflects  
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
"'Why should you get to memorialize your son in this way?' 'What about all the other families and children who have suffered?' 'What makes you so special?' The answer is, of course, nothing." - Ryan Green
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Nintendo won't fund your indie game, but promote it? Sure! 2
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
"Really, our point of differentiation is on the relationships that we build with those guys. We invest a lot of time and energy and internal resources supporting these guys."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Everybody is stupid in some respect, or why game music sucks 38
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"Programming is hard, sound and music are hard. They're hard in different ways. If you don't think they're hard, you've never had to produce something genuinely good in those fields."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Production

Horror game design can be scary 18
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"We are still confident this game will turn out to be something special; we have to bury some old skeletons in the ground and refresh the game with some clear goals."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

A list of free, critical games 6
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"The beauty of short form critical games is that they deliver their message before overstaying their welcome. And most of them provide insights into alternatives to accepted norms."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Looking back at XBLIG: The do-it-yourself console marketplace Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
What happened to the Xbox Live Indie Game developers? What did they learn from working with the Xbox 360-based marketplace, and the XNA dev tool? We ask them.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Using biofeedback, games might go from escapist to introspective 7
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
In an interview with RPS, SoundSelf designer Robin Arnott ruminates on how incorporating biofeedback data like breathing patterns or heart rate into game design might change the industry.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

ESA: U.S. game industry grew 4x faster than the national economy 2
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
The ESA reports the United States video game industry is growing faster than the national average, though it has slowed in the past decade and remains unevenly consolidated in a handful of states.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Making the jump from video game to physical game design  
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"The latest mountain i scaled was launching LockQuest, a brand new real escape the room game company in Toronto. It's probably the most difficult thing i've done in my entire life."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Studio behind Stealth Bastard tries its hand at open development Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.11.14]
British developer/publisher Curve Digital has got a new game in the works -- it's first "fresh" project since 2011's Stealth Bastard -- and it's already looking rather fine.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video