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Video: A postmortem look at the making of Spelunky HD  
by Staff [04.20.17]
At GDC 2011, Derek Yu and programmer Andy Hull talk about the process of revamping Spelunky for consoles, in the process shedding some light on how the procedurally-generated game is built.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Designing for mystery in Kentucky Route Zero 1
by Staff [04.20.17]
Take a look back at this talk from Cardboard Computer's Jake Elliot about how and why the studio's development approach evolved to focus on creating mystery, rather than puzzles.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Steam games in China: Making the most of a lucrative opportunity 3
by Chris Priestman [04.20.17]
China is an enormous and potentially lucrative market on Steam. Here are some tips and insights that can help you to access this untapped audience.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Dont Miss: Unpacking The Silver Case, A Q&A with Grasshopper Manufacture 1
by Brandon Sheffield [04.19.17]
The HD remaster The Silver Case hit PS4 this week so now is the perfect time to take a look back at this conversation with the game's devs about character design, story, and the port itself.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Crafting the multiple victory states of the RTS Northgard 2
by Alan Bradley [04.19.17]
“Vikings are always portrayed as strong warriors, but they were also explorers and merchants, with a strong oral culture. This is translated into the game through the Lore, Trade and Fame victories.”
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Last Of Us lighting artist offers devs a tip: set the mood with a single light  
by Alex Wawro [04.18.17]
While it sounds oversimplified, if you can get a strong base for that end result as much as possible, it goes a long way," Naughty Dog lighting artist Gabe Betancourt tells 80 Level. "Less is more."
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: How culling works 2
by Vaughan Young [04.18.17]
In this timeless feature, veteran coder Vaughan Young breaks down how different kinds of culling (frustum, occlusion and back face) work -- and how they can be applied to help devs make better games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

New Facebook game initiatives aim to win back devs and reshape strategy 2
by Kris Graft [04.18.17]
With web-based social games years past their prime, Facebook has been looking for realistic ways to reshape its games business and rebuild interest -- and trust -- with game developers.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Spelunky's designer set out to create complexity with simplicity  
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.17]
The documentary series Noclip interviewed the creators of the procedurally generated platformer Spelunky to find out how the game came to be and what makes it tick.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Blog: Making it up as you go along in The Franz Kafka Videogame
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.17]
The developer behind The Franz Kafka Videogame explains how he defied his previous game studio experience and totally improvised through the course of a game's development.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The Signal from Tolva: Small team makes a big open world shooter 3
by Chris Priestman [04.18.17]
A series of smart, pragmatic design decisions allowed the tiny team at Big Robot Games to craft the big open world shooter The Signal from Tölva.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: Building the worlds of No Man's Sky using math(s) 1
by Staff [04.17.17]
At GDC 2017, Hello Games' Sean Murray deconstructs some of the most important technologies (and interesting challenges) behind generating realistic and alien terrains in No Man's Sky using math.
Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The challenges and rewards of designing local multiplayer games 12
by Phill Cameron [04.17.17]
We talk to the developers of Super Pole Riders, Overcooked and Spaceteam about the appeal of developing a local multiplayer game, and the benefits over taking your game online.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: A step-by-step guide to building and testing game UI prototypes 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.17]
Experienced game UI and UX experts offer a handy step-by-step approach on how to build and test your game UI prototypes in the pre-production stage.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Hearthstone's Zero Dawn Shodown  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.16.17]
This week's VGDC highlights include the making of a Hearthstone card, a couple of neat Horizon: Zero Dawn video pieces, and behind the scenes on seminal 2D fighting game Samurai Shodown.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch a Necrodancer dev break down what works (and what doesn't) on Steam  
by Alex Wawro [04.14.17]
Brace Yourself Games' Ryan Clark is now posting cuts of his regular game design / marketing analysis Twitch show, the Clark Tank, on YouTube. If you release games on Steam, it's pretty interesting!
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer has some advice for indie devs  
by Alissa McAloon [04.14.17]
In an interview with Glixel, Tim Schafer talks about setting your own milestones, the allure of difficult games and why he warns every indie dev he meets that "shipping games sucks."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Being a part-time indie dev (when your day job is game dev) 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.17]
When your day job is game development, how viable is it to create and release independent games in your spare time? One developer is finding out the answer on his own.
Indie

Cave Story 3D dev Nicalis acquires SuperVillain Studios and Cowboy Color  
by Alissa McAloon [04.13.17]
One of the two acquired studios has been integrated into Nicalis' own development team, while the other has started work on an upcoming Nicalis-branded title.
Console/PC, Indie

Eador dev Snowbird Games lays off the majority of staff  
by Alex Wawro [04.11.17]
Russian indie studio Snowbird Games announced last month that most of its staff is being let go in the wake of a poor reception to its most recent game, Eador: Imperium.
Indie, Business/Marketing