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Don't Miss: 7 games with great learning curves that all developers should study 13
by Staff [05.31.17]
Which games offer a masterclass in how to design a well-shaped learning curve? Corey Davis of Psyonix, Chris Bourassa of Red Hook, and Global Game Jame co-founder Ian Schreiber weigh in.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: How indie studio Finji approaches collaborative planning 1
by Adam Saltsman [05.31.17]
Adam Saltsman, director co-founder of indie developer studio Finji, outlines their planning process, and how it helps them build better group confidence in outcomes
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Bosslady Blog: Be Seeing You 1
by Staff [05.30.17]
In her final GDC Bosslady blog, our long-time general manager Meggan Scavio makes an announcement around, well, why this is her final GDC Bosslady blog.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Groundhog Day meets Shakespeare in Elsinore 2
by Katherine Cross [05.29.17]
Elsinore, whose elevator pitch is “Groundhog Day meets Shakespeare,” is a time-looping isometric RPG take on Hamlet. You play as Ophelia.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Slime Prey's Card Thief  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.28.17]
This week's top articles/videos include a great GDC video about storytelling in Slime Rancher, the surprising plot of the canned Prey 2, and a 'design deep dive' into mobile standout Card Thief.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Owlboy dev shares advice on staying motivated -- and inspired 1
by Staff [05.26.17]
At GDC 2017, D-Pad's Simon S. Andersen speaks about the trials and triumphs the team faced on their nearly decade-long dev cycle, offering fellow devs advice on how to get -- and stay -- inspired.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Epic's Unreal Dev Grants program hands out $275k  
by Alissa McAloon [05.26.17]
The latest round of grants from the fund distributed a total of $275,000 to 17 projects that utilize or enrich the Unreal engine and its community in some way.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Why do devs love Slack, and how do they get the most out of it? 10
by Chris Priestman [05.26.17]
Gamasutra asked game devs from around the world in a variety of disciplines what they like (and don't like) about Slack, how it helps them do their jobs better, and how they get the most out of it.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A postmortem of Ska Studios' Salt & Sanctuary  
by Staff [05.25.17]
Ska Studios' Michelle and James Silva speak at GDC 2017 about their journey to releasing Salt & Sanctuary, a 2.5D Souls-alike that was self-published across multiple platforms.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Game developers recount their long loading screen struggles and solutions 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.25.17]
Kotaku spoke with a number of developers about the technical and sometimes strange reasons longer-than-ideal loading screens show up in modern game releases.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating tension in Card Thief 3
by Arnold Rauers [05.25.17]
"In order to create what I think is most important in a stealth or heist game, I designed several game systems that all feed into the idea of creating a high tension experience."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

What one indie dev learned from a summer project that took 8 years to finish 1
by Alex Wawro [05.24.17]
A new Waypoint feature sheds light on how Geneshift creator Ben Johnson's game was only supposed to take a summer, but became an eight-year odyssey that spans roughly 9,000 miles & at least two jobs.
Indie, Production

Video: Designing Chair Entertainment's Shadow Complex  
by Staff [05.24.17]
At GDC 2010, Chair cofounders Donald and Jeremy Mustard speak openly about the pitfalls they encountered and the solutions they implemented while designing the seminal 'Metroidvania' Shadow Complex.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Balancing unpredictability and order is key for dynamic AI, says The Occupation dev  
by Alissa McAloon [05.24.17]
Two developers from White Paper Games share how working with dynamic AI characters altered how they designed the systems powering The Occupation.
Indie, Design

Postmortem: Muse Games' Guns of Icarus Alliance  
by Howard Taso & Matthew Hartman [05.24.17]
"Every mistake we have made became a lesson that was seared into our minds, and throughout the development and release of Guns of Icarus Alliance, we’ve made plenty of them."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: How Slime Rancher succeeds through emergent storytelling  
by Staff [05.23.17]
At GDC 2017, Monomi Park chief Nick Popovich speaks at length about the "secret sauce" that helped Slime Rancher's slimes capture so many players' hearts: the stories they helped the player tell.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

How a struggling console translated into high sales for Rain Games' Teslagrad  
by Alissa McAloon [05.23.17]
While sales of the Wii U itself have been less than impressive, one developer notes that the console’s unique ecosystem can provide indie games with a space to thrive.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Don't Miss: 7 examples of game AI that every developer should study 5
by Richard Moss [05.23.17]
These games are all notable for the interesting, clever, novel ways in which they use AI. All are worth a closer look if you're eager to let a little algorithmic thinking improve your game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Lessons learned making Ark: Survival Evolved in Early Access  
by Staff [05.22.17]
At GDC 2017, Studio Wildcard's Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak speak at length about Ark: Survival Evolved's dev strategy for Early Access on Steam, as well as Xbox and PlayStation 4.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

The early games and tech that inspired a generation of game devs 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.17]
Polygon sat down with over a dozen long-time game creators to explore how their childhood fascinations with coding, early video games, and board games led to their now prolific careers in game dev.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design