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Watch top devs discuss video game storytelling in new vid series 5
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
The whole video series, titled "The Game Makers: Inside Story," is free to watch right now on the AIAS' YouTube channel and covers a broad enough range to interest most folks working in games today. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Coming to GDC 2017? Play these charming indie games at the Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Warm and welcoming indie game collective Wild Rumpus returns to GDC 2017 with games like Burly Men At Sea, One Way Trip, Sacramento and more!
Indie, Video, GDC

Come to GDC 2017 and hear how Firewatch's unique dialog system works  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Campo Santo's Patrick Ewing is teaming up with Unity's William Armstrong to talk at GDC 2017 about the design and development of Firewatch's remarkable interruptable dialog system.
Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: vinylOS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
A DJ's turntable becomes a video game controller with vinylOS, a game that uses scratching, spinning, and rewinding to play through games that are projected down onto a vinyl LP from above.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

'Feels like a different life': Arkane's Colantonio on going from Arx Fatalis to Prey 1
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
"We seem disorganized and like we don't know what we're doing, but I think it's part of a process," Arkane's Raphael Colantonio tells Gamasutra in this in-depth chat about his upcoming game Prey.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Student project FAR: Lone Sails  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
The connection between humans and the machines we need for surival earned FAR: Lone Sails a nomination for Best Student Game at the Independent Games Festival. Take a peek behind the dev curtain.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Raw Fury aims to set up fund that helps devs pay Steam Direct fees 2
by Alex Wawro [02.14.17]
If the price of Valve's upcoming fee-based Steam submission system is up in the ~$1k range, indie publisher Raw Fury is thinking about establishing a dedicated fund for non-partner devs to use.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Devs weigh in on the accuracy and utility of Steam Spy 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.17]
Several game developers spoke to PCGamesN to offer their experiences and opinions about the third-party Steam-statistics tracker, Steam Spy.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

20 talks Gamasutra wants to see at GDC 2017, from sex scenes to grouchy fish  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Gamasutra writers recently put our heads together and picked some of our most-anticipated GDC sessions, with topics ranging from designing sex scenes in games to math(s) to...a grouchy fish who lived on the Dreamcast.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Student project Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor  
by Joel Couture [02.14.17]
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor gives the player the delightful job of picking up garbage on an alien world, doing your best to make ends meet with your custodial duties. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Martín Sebastián Wain's Doggy Tug of War  
by Joel Couture [02.14.17]
Martin Sebastian Wain's game simulates simulates playing tug of war with a playful dog. It uses a string, a modified broken printer, and a video of a dog to recreate the experience.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Bob Bates' Thaumistry is an experiment in reviving text-based games 2
by Christopher Priestman [02.14.17]
After 3 decades in the industry, Bob Bates explains why he thinks the time is right for Thaumistry his return to text-based interactive fiction. [HINT: vastly improved parsers are part of it.]
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, History

The ups and downs of Ron Gilbert's journey to make Thimbleweed Park sans publisher  
by Alex Wawro [02.13.17]
"Even with 30 years of experience, I still got caught with stuff on this game," Gilbert told Waypoint recently, speaking to the good and bad bits of making Thimbleweed Park without a publisher.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble matching up to $300k of sales for bundle benefiting ACLU 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.17]
Beyond just donating 100 percent of this latest bundle’s sales to charity, Humble Bundle has announced that the company will match and donate up to $300k to support the ACLU, the IRC, and MSF.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Report: Fans set to revive BattleForge with EA's blessing  
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.17]
The fan community for the discontinued game BattleForge has reportedly received the green light from EA to release an unofficial, fan revival of the free-to-play RTS.
Console/PC, Indie

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Objects in Space  
by Joel Couture [02.13.17]
"It’s a bit like we’ve built a mock-up of the consoles from a real space capsule, but instead of mimicking a real one, we built it based on a fake retro sci-fi aesthetic of our own design."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Road to the IGF: Misfits Attic's Duskers  
by Joel Couture [02.13.17]
In Duskers, players scrounge for scrap parts, combing through derelict freighters in the cold void of space. They are forced to send drones to do the dirty work, issuing orders through command lines.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Game Design Deep Dive: Dynamic detection in Shadow Tactics 4
by Moritz Wagner [02.13.17]
"We analyzed how Viewcones were used in the old games and decided on where we wanted to improve it. This also lead us to re-thinking some aspects of player detection in the genre."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Alpha Kingdom Protocol  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.12.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from a witty video appreciation of Kingdom's design to an Alpha Protocol retrospective, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs react to Valve's planned fee-based Steam Direct system 33
by Gamasutra staff [02.10.17]
It would be an understatement to say that Valve's announcement of plans to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system sparked some passionate responses from game developers.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing