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To promote tech education, Canada's Prime Minister made his own game 3
by Alex Wawro [12.05.16]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter account lit up today with a message all-too-familiar to many indie devs: Mr. Trudeau has made a video game, and he'd like everyone to play it.
Indie, Production

Best of 2016: Coding principles from the early days of id Software 6
by Kris Graft [12.05.16]
At GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany earlier this year, John Romero ran down some of the key programming principles that id Software adhered to in the influential studio’s early years.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Don't Miss: 7 great minigames that game developers should study 17
by Staff [12.05.16]
Minigames are one of the many tools devs can use to offer players a unique experience and make game worlds feel alive. Here are some examples of great minigames devs should pay close attention to.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Come to GDC 2017 for expert advice on getting the media to cover your game 1
by Staff [12.05.16]
In his GDC 2017 talk, ICO Partners' Thomas Reisenegger will deconstruct exactly why why some games (like No Man's Sky) get more time in the spotlight while most struggle to get noticed.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2017 donates Summit passes to Indie Giving charity  
by Staff [12.05.16]
Once again, GDC 2017 organizers reaffirm their partnership with the Indie Giving charity effort by donating 30 GDC 2017 Indie Games Summit tickets - contribute now to get your pass!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Majestic Dishonored Easter Egg  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.05.16]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, examines Dishonored 2, the making of Majestic & GTA V's Easter Eggs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Controlling two things at once in Soft Body 9
by Zeke Virant [12.05.16]
"The act of controlling two snakes at once seems like a impossible task the first time you experience it – like your brain is resisting what you want it to do." - Zeke Virant, creator of Soft Body
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Opinion: Moon Hunter's quiet, compassionate feminism 1
by Katherine Cross [12.02.16]
Like any fable, Moon Hunters’ story is a tidy thing, tied off in a flawless knot. The message is that retribution only begets more pain, while forgiveness makes us whole.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Come out to GDC 2017 and get hard-won Early Access tips from a DayZ dev  
by Staff [12.02.16]
At GDC 2017, DayZ creative director Brian Hicks will go over the top (and sometimes most painful) lessons learned from DayZ's transition through Early Access.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Mysterious Game Mysteries' is the theme of the all-new GDC 2017 Movie Night!  
by Staff [12.02.16]
The 2017 Game Developers Conference will debut its inaugural Movie Nights program (free for GDC passholders) with two evening showings of movies that delve into the unknown: The Game and Clue!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Super Rad Raygun's self-imposed constraint: a 2-bit color palette 1
by Jack Yarwood [12.02.16]
“Maintaining a clear distinction between foreground and background is a constant struggle. You also don't have any way to use color to hint to the player what's dangerous and what's beneficial."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video

Devs raise over $160k for charity via sales of A Good Bundle  
by Alex Wawro [12.01.16]
A Good Bundle, the game bundle featuring the work of over 115 game devs and other creators that was recently sold through the itch.io game storefront, has managed to raise over $160,000 for charity.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble donates 100% of proceeds from its latest Bundle to charity 1
by Alex Wawro [12.01.16]
Humble Bundle has again partnered with YouTubers to sell a "Jingle Jam" pay-what-you-want game bundle, with a percentage of proceeds going to charity. Unlike most Bundles, that percentage is 100.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Devs are recovering games (if not payments owed) from bankrupt publisher BulkyPix  
by Alex Wawro [12.01.16]
At least one dev was able to get the rights to its game back from French publisher BulkyPix by contacting the bankrupt company directly -- but the developer is still waiting on outstanding payments.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2017 teams up with iam8bit to debut Art Boss game art showcase!  
by Staff [12.01.16]
GDC is teaming up with iam8bit to debut the Art Boss game industry art showcase at GDC 2017! Submissions of all types of video game art are being accepted now through January 6th, 2017.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

You can now pore through Double Fine's Headlander casting doc  
by Alex Wawro [11.30.16]
Double Fine's Lee Petty took to Twitter today to share a copy of the casting document he wrote last year to help guide development of the studio's funky space platformer Headlander.
Indie, Design

Opinion: Now is the time to unionize the game industry 17
by Katherine Cross [11.30.16]
The SAG-AFTRA strike should lead to wider conversations about whether the largest studios should unionize. It’s long past time that we saw game studios as shops in want of stewards.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity 5.5 exits beta, replete with codeless IAP and Holographic support 1
by Alex Wawro [11.30.16]
Heads up, Unity devs: The 5.5 version of Unity has graduated out of beta and is now marked as a stable release, one that includes expanded support for codeless IAP and Windows Holographic.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How a Soviet secret police escapee came to make a survival driving game  
by Alex Wawro [11.29.16]
"Definitely a significant event [in my life] was our escape from, at that time, totalitarian Czechoslovakia in 1984,"  3D artist-turned-game developer Ondřej Švadlena recently told Kill Screen.
Indie

GDC 2017 launches low-income free Expo Pass program  
by Staff [11.29.16]
These complimentary Expo Passes awarded via the Low Income Pass Lottery are intended for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend GDC without considerable financial assistance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC