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The risks of using Steam Spy to evaluate a dev's performance 2
by Alex Wawro [04.06.15]
Lots of folks are using the third-party Steam stat tracker to study how games are selling, but developer Dave Gilbert cautions us not to get carried away -- 'copies owned' rarely equals copies sold.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Gameflow: Comebacks, advantages, and entropy in competitive games 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"Gameflow. Make it interesting and worth the players' time. In my opinion, there is not a lot of deviation and playroom from curve of these good examples."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Stick Shift to Nintendo's lenticular design 1
by Kris Ligman [04.06.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the lenticular design of Nintendo games to the (literal) autoeroticism of Robert Yang's Stick Shift.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Enthusiasm, perfectionism, momentum, and failure 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"My biggest mistake was to completely think that I only need to do the business side of it, and let everything else come together by just presenting a plan and let creative talents take over."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How jumping on the MOBA bandwagon can f@!# your company up 20
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"A fast follower strategy can be a viable tactic. But not when everybody else and their dog is doing it. Developers seem to be in the 'let's make a game like DotA/LoL, just a little different' mindset."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Here we are now, edutain us: Education and games with SpaceChem's Zach Barth  
by Phill Cameron [04.06.15]
We talk to Zach Barth about how making educational games has made him a better game designer, and why it's so hard to make educational games in the first place.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Does Paula Deen's new mobile game infringe on an artist's copyright? 14
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.15]
"Reports are indicating that the depiction of Deen in her game may be a potential copyright infringement. The caricature of Deen is a little too close to artist Jerrod Maruyama’s drawing of her."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Video: Leading players astray with unexpected stories in 80 Days 1
by Staff [04.03.15]
As part of the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit, 80 Days writer Meg Jayanth spoke about how stories in games are uniquely able to engage, surprise, delight and discomfit players.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How to design effective achievements for your game Exclusive 31
by Lucas Blair [04.03.15]
In this classic feature, PhD researcher and game designer Lucas Blair uses academic research to formulate tips and best practices for designing your in-game achievements.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Don't monetize your (first) games 23
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"After I have become skilled enough, built a name for myself and the team, had built games that lots of people played and enjoyed -- then I'll be able to monetize."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Experiments in creating systems for storytelling 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"If you can represent something in that format, you can design and implement a game out of it. And if you can represent anything in that format, you can make a game out of anything."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Technical postmortem: Bringing Octodad to life  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
From character modeling to dealing with deploying on multiple platforms, this exhaustive technical postmortem gives you a look at what it took to make Dadliest Catch.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The butterfly effect, or: Fighting floating-point problems 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"As long as the initial starting positions of all the parts were the same then the contraption should always run exactly the same. This is where the floating point problem came into play."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Tips for how to design and develop free-to-play games 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"The way to conceive and plan the design of a free-to-play game is quite different than for other game models. We’d like to offer the following tips on how to make your games attractive so you can monetize them."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: It all starts with (good) intentions 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"Whether you call them guidelines, pillars, objectives, or mantra, it is the long-term vision, the global idea of what you want to do with your project. You should keep it to the essential."
Indie, Design

Charting Out There's long and difficult journey to completion 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
The acclaimed space game took its development team on a rough ride. This candid diary-style postmortem takes you from before its conception up through its completion and release.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: The Hard Sell of Battlefield Hardline 2
by Johnny Kilhefner [04.02.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Johnny Kilhefner on topics ranging from the financial expectations of going indie to the critical reception of Battlefield Hardline.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: A rational approach to racing game track design 12
by Luke McMillan [04.02.15]
In this classic feature, Gamasutra takes an in-depth look at racing game track design, comparing two arcade titles (Initial D and Maximum Tune) while contrasting them against the Gran Turismo series.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Square Enix adds new platforms and funding options to Collective  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.15]
Square Enix has expanded its Collective development crowdfunding platform to mobile and digital games, and the company itself is now willing to directly fund some developers -- up to $250k.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Building a server for an indie MOBA/MMORPG 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
"Servers are another tool in our tool-set; we can mount a server for big data storage and use external server for real-time. Let's explore the kind of servers you can choose nowadays."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming