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Making Oculus-powered VR game RS Racing 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"The RS Racer concept was born, and we created the main idea of a racing game that utilized four-player, networked Oculus Rifts together to form a timed-lap-based game."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, VR

Blog: You Can Keep Your Rift On 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"Our first idea to explore this was a first-person shooter game, in which players could upgrade their weapons by taking off various items of clothing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: OpenFL & Haxe, a bumpy start 16
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
OpenFL is cool. Haxe is cool. Open source is cool. My impression with Haxe is that, the road is going to be bumpy, but it's still a good technology for developing for both Windows and Flash.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

How long does it take to make an indie game? Tower of Guns dev breaks it down 17
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
I'll spare you the boring story of how a creative-person-with-an-aversion-to-formality got addicted to time tracking, but I can tell you that Tower of Guns took precisely 3,850 hours and 5 minutes to develop.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: Games, gambling, and the psychology of the near-miss 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
"Put simply, the near-miss is a psychological 'pseudo-reward' in which failures are seen as 'nearly successful.' In games of skill, near misses offer useful feedback and encourage improvement."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Why Oculus is the Apple of VR 19
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
"Spending time on improving the whole VR experience is crucial: presence is fragile, breaking it is really easy!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, VR

'We fight the urge to just completely drop the price' 15
by Kris Graft [04.10.14]
"Double Fine wants to keep indies premium," says Double Fine COO Justin Bailey. "You see that in our own games and how we're positioning them."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Deploying Unreal Engine 4 to the new Amazon Fire TV 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
I got a hold of an Amazon Fire TV this week, and wanted to see what it would take to get Unreal Engine 4 running on the device. Hereís how I went about it and what I learned during the process.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Microconsole

Feature boards: What's next for agile development? 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
A Feature Board serves the team. It shows them the state of each feature on a daily basis and leads to conversations that are necessary for a cross-discipline game team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Designing the surprise mobile game hit, Monument Valley Exclusive 7
by Kris Graft [04.10.14]
Monument Valley raced to the top of the App Store charts last week, coming virtually out of nowhere. Lead designer Ken Wong tells us about designing a game that stands out from the crowd.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

GaymerX2 accepting speaker submissions through end of April  
by Christian Nutt [04.09.14]
LGBT-focused game event GaymerX returns to San Francisco for its second year following a successful crowdfunding campaign -- and is accepting speaker submissions through April 30.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Goat Simulator: The power of free updates over paid DLC 12
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"You might argue that companies arenít charities, and that everything that costs has to be recouped, but having a good relationship with players is the best long-term investment you can make."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Can we make good games for everybody? 14
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I try to act as I perceive right and moral. Hence itís my opinion that what we seek is to treat everyone with equality."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Getting to grips with shaders: A programming primer 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
Many developers "wish they could wrap their head around shaders. Shaders always seem to solve a lot of problems, and often are referenced as to the solution to the task at hand."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Blog: Of money, games and trust 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"What IS fair? What is that model to pay for games -- and game devs -- which is intrinsically ethical, honest, and rewarding towards true talent and dedication?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Creating Contactics, a game on a business card  
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I wanted a simple game, which would not take long to learn but dynamic enough to provide different playthroughs. I wanted to prove it was possible."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Frog Fractions creator finds value in keeping secrets 4
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Jim Crawford, the man behind Twinbeard Studios and the creator of Frog Fractions, shares his thoughts on how and why developers should cultivate a sense of mystery in their games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Blog: Valve, Steam, and empowering visual creatives  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"I think that a lot of these suggestions could be leveraged to make a stronger product, community, and empower a new generation of creatives."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Apogee Software: When the sultans of shareware went retail Exclusive GDMag Exclusive  
by Alexander Antoniades [04.08.14]
In this reprint from the February 1995 issue of Game Developer magazine, editor-at-large Alexander Antoniades describes Apogee Software's attempt to move beyond shareware development.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive

Epic talks tools, tech and future of UE4 at upcoming U.K. dev day  
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Unreal Engine 4 subscribers can now register for a free ticket to Epic's next Unreal Developer Days event, which will take place next week -- April 17 -- at Staffordshire University in the U.K.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing