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An in-game bug and feedback system for Unity 5
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.15]
"What we needed was an easy way for testers to report bugs, which didnít interrupt the game too much and was easy to use for the tester. We wrote a simple UI and send the data directly to JIRA."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

5 tips on running a successful Kickstarter campaign 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.15]
"What Iíve learned about the platform in the past 36 months is that a great idea and amazing team isnít enough; at least not anymore."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: One-hit kills in Titan Souls Exclusive 6
by Mark Foster [05.07.15]
Mark Foster, lead designer and programmer: "We gave the player a one-hit death; when I added in the fights, I just left them as single-hit kills, too. I felt like this just made sense in terms of gameplay."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Cocos-2dx adds third-party SDK catalog, certification with SDKBOX beta  
by Christian Nutt [05.06.15]
Engine provider aims to offer a simplified solution for integrating third-party SDKs with Cocos-2dx -- currently in beta.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Attend GDC Europe to see how top European indies make games  
by Staff [05.06.15]
German game devs will be at GDC Europe 2015 in August to share learnings from traveling and making games with indies across Europe, and how any game developer can release games on a weekly basis.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Blog: I'm not rolling my own tech, and neither should you 17
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.15]
"The old 'donít make an engine, make a game' advice is truer now than ever. Unity 5, Unreal 4, and Source 2 all have free options and are all reasonably priced."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The numbers behind a Steam Free Weekend 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.15]
"We entered Early Access with a whimper, rather than a bang. During the Steam Free Weekend we sold nearly triple the number of copies we sold in our first week on Early Access."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Oculus Rift launching commercially in Q1 2016 1
by Phill Cameron [05.06.15]
Oculus has today announced that its headset, the Oculus Rift, will launch commercially in the first quarter of 2016, with further details about the hardware and tech specifications coming in the next few weeks.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Making linear level design feel non-linear in Gone Home  
by Staff [05.05.15]
At GDC 2015, Fullbright's Kate Craig and Steve Gaynor take the stage to discuss the level design techniques they used to breathe life into the lifeless 3D levels that make up Gone Home.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Apply now to be a volunteer GDC Europe 2015 Conference Associate  
by Staff [05.05.15]
GDC Europe officials are taking volunteer applications for the Conference Associate program from now until May 25th. Volunteers will receive a pass to the Cologne, Germany show in exchange for about 14 hours of work.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

C# memory and performance tips for Unity 17
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.15]
"In the end, this list is not a set of rules set in stone, they're just opportunities. I actually really like Linq, foreach, and other productivity extensions, and use them often."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

The creative influences of Sunset 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.15]
Tale of Tales' MichaŽl Samyn writes about building a first-person experience that resonates with his own influences and players: storytelling, love, interior design, and revolution in the 1970s.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Start testing, already! 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.15]
"Unfortunately, it's incredibly easy to put off testing. Do it in sprints of a week or two, gather intel, and you'll have a ton of improvements to your already beautiful baby."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Six stages of game dev community development 24
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.15]
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail: "Game development communities tend to develop along very similar lines, and at some point Iíve started to mentally organize these community growth thresholds into a model."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Moon Studios' heartfelt Ori and the Blind Forest Exclusive 4
by Thomas Mahler [05.05.15]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

This War Of Mine and the challenges of making games about war  
by Alex Wawro [05.04.15]
Speaking to The New Yorker, 11 Bit Studios reflects on why This War Of Mine is so unlike all other modern war games, and what burden designers bear for drawing inspiration from real conflicts.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Android vs. iOS and the YouTuber effect: Mobile sales for Prison Life RPG 13
by Gamasutra Community [05.04.15]
This dev spent a year developing the premium-priced Prison Life RPG 2 for iOS and Android. Was it time well spent? This post offers a dive into the sales numbers and what affected them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Will Wright tries to design humanity's last game 2
by Staff [05.04.15]
In this 12-minute snippet of the final Game Design Challenge at GDC 2013, high-profile designer Will Wright steps up to the task of designing "the last game that humanity will ever play."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Using frame data to aid asymmetrical balance in fighting games 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.04.15]
"Balancing any game can be a difficult, time-consuming task. I theorize that Battle High's balance could have been better had I approached it from the standpoint of well-designed frame data as early as possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Bloodborne to Dracula  
by Lana Polansky [05.04.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lana Polansky on topics ranging from the development scenes of Saudi Arabia and Russian-occupied Crimea to the literary underpinnings of From Software's Bloodborne.
Console/PC, Indie, Design