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Oculus VR has its own developer event 1
by Kris Graft [07.07.14]
In an effort to directly foster its relationship with creators, Oculus VR said today it would host a new developer-centric event this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing

Sales in the Brave New Steam World 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
"In the past a few developers have been open... but nothing for this quickly changing Steam world. I want to continue this spirit of open development and share what the first month of sales on Steam has been like for Crea."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: The journey of an aspiring creative director 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
Trent Polack tells the story of how he went from outsider to creative director in five years. "As far as I'm concerned it's the team you work with and the energy you share that makes for the best jobs and the best games."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC Europe 2014 adds fresh talks from Oculus and Telltale Games  
by Staff [07.07.14]
Designers from Telltale Games and Oculus VR join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Video: Designing for mystery in Kentucky Route Zero  
by Staff [07.04.14]
As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, Cardboard Computer's Jake Elliott speaks briefly about how their development process evolved to focus on creating mystery, rather than puzzles.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

How we learned to stop worrying and love Early Access 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.04.14]
"While we were planning and building our first game, we had many discussions about Kickstarter and when/if/how we would do it. Now we’re glad we did Early Access instead."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Hotline Miami's Jonatan Soderstrom on inspiration, collaboration 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.04.14]
"A lot of the ideas are based on tiny things I see in other people's games, other ideas come from paintings, movies, comics or books that do interesting things I haven't encountered before."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Can joy be more 'adult' than violence? Exclusive 28
by Leigh Alexander [07.04.14]
"Adult content" rules commercial games -- but repetitive, blistering violence gets dull. Honeyslug's Ricky Haggett and Funomena's Robin Hunicke look at joy, as an alternative quality of mature games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

When should you pay YouTubers to play your game, and when should they pay you? 12
by Alex Wawro [07.03.14]
Should you get paid when someone produces videos that prominently feature your game? Should you pay a prominent YouTuber to play your game? Escape Goat 2 developer Ian Stocker explores the issue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, YouTube

Don't Miss: Breaking the NES - Developing Shovel Knight 18
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
Yacht Club Games programmer David D'Angelo details how breaking but "being aware of the rules... led to the game feeling clear and simple; one of the hallmarks of a great NES game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Anti-design philosophies: Quantity design 16
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
"Developers are asking us to take time out of our day, focus on their game, learn their rules, and sometimes even pay them money. Those developers owe it to us to give us something of real value."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

A small guide to getting your PC game known - for $0 21
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
"How many times have we all been told that you NEED a marketing budget? I have heard it a lot, and quite frankly I disagree. Up to the point of writing this article, we have spent $0 on marketing."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Are you investing in community management?  
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
"I really want to encourage you to see that community management isn't another 'job', it's a function that connects to so many parts of a studio."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Building on an App Store success with Badland  
by Staff [07.02.14]
As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, Badland co-creator Johannes Vuorinen shares what he learned developing, launching and maintaining an award-winning mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Q&A: Double Fine's Anna Kipnis digs into the mechanics of good dialog 1
by GDC Staff [07.02.14]
The Double Fine senior gameplay programmer and experienced public speaker explains her inspiration for pitching an indie-focused talk about dialog system design at GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Looking back at what it felt like to launch Towerfall: Ascension 1
by Alex Wawro [07.02.14]
A new Polygon feature about Towerfall developer Matt Thorson sheds light on the game's origins and Thorson's unique development situation as a resident of the Canadian "Indie House."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Don't simply ask for more female characters 46
by Gamasutra Community [07.02.14]
"I wouldn’t expect much from a female character that was added just for the sake of adding her... I want to see more games with female characters, but I want those characters to mean something more."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Space Colors: The iterative process 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.02.14]
How establishing a good workflow and a few design tenets can result in quick execution of a game design -- and take a game jam idea to a finished game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

An introduction to digital game stores for indies 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.02.14]
"Digital distribution was key in revitalizing the PC game industry and a major change in how we buy and sell video games. This post goes through the variety of digital store options."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

After Remode closure, its founders are back with a new philosophy  
by Mike Rose [07.02.14]
UK indie studio Remode shut down earlier this year, but now the original founders have formed a new studio, with the aim to focus solely on developing its own IP.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing