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Video: Applying artistic principles to VFX design for games  
by Staff [02.22.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk, Blizzard's Hadidjah Chamberlin & Riot's Jason Keyser share artistic fundamentals for crafting visual effects that will help you -- no matter what kind of game you're working on!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Slime Rancher dev shares tips for making the most of the prototyping stage  
by Staff [02.22.19]
Slime Rancher lead developer Nick Popovich explores how a productive prototyping process can be a vital tool for nailing down exactly what makes a game fun to play.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Cassie McQuater's Black Room  
by Joel Couture [02.22.19]
Black Room takes the player on an insomnia-fueled journey of tabs and dream-like internet places, following female game characters as they explore new narratives in a shifting, fragile HTML world.
Indie, Video, IGF

Here's a few of the games you'll see at the GDC 2019 Experimental Gameplay Workshop!  
by Staff [02.22.19]
If you've never seen the EGW before, know that it's a 2+ hour-long session jam-packed with a vivacious mix of eclectic game prototypes that explore new ideas and genres -- and it's back for GDC 2019!
Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Folk games, festivity, and subversive game design  
by Staff [02.21.19]
In this classic GDC 2012 talk, game designer Douglas Wilson (Johann Sebastian Joust) encourages developers to embrace the limitations of motion control tech, rather than struggling against them!
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get an inside look at the art of Oxenfree follow-up Afterparty at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.21.19]
Night School's art director is coming to GDC 2019 next month to show you how the indie team is building out its production pipeline and creating a new visual style for its upcoming Afterparty!
Indie, Art, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck  
by Joel Couture [02.21.19]
HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck will have two players assembling their controllers as they guide a ship through deadly waters, swapping parts for the varied functions they'll need to survive.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Come to GDC and see how Killer Queen built an esport on an indie budget!  
by Staff [02.21.19]
There's a healthy competitive scene around the (up to) ten-player competitive arcade game Killer Queen, and now the game's creators are coming to GDC next month to share how they pulled it off!
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: Nuke Possum Springs - A Night in the Woods design postmortem  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Night in the Woods co-creator Scott Benson presents a discussion of the ups, downs, design philosophies, and decisions that went into making the award-winning game.
Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Zachariah Chandler's Nth Dimension[al] Hiking  
by Joel Couture [02.20.19]
Nth Dimension[al] Hiking explores places you're not supposed to be, leaving players to explore and wander them as they seek the hidden truths buried within seemingly dead ends.
Indie, Video, IGF

Use the GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Conference organizers encourage you to take advantage of the free GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to lay out our week at the show in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate fashion.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Come and play these lovely indie games at the GDC 2019 Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
The much-loved Mild Rumpus is back again and open to all GDC 2019 passholders, so stop by to relax for a bit and check these games out while you're at the show this year! 
Indie, GDC

Ico animator shows you how to create memorable, non-speaking characters at GDC!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Amata K.K. lead 3D animator Atsuko Fukuyama (who worked on Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) will join Amata K.K. animator & artist Alexis Broadhead at GDC 2019 to talk animating memorable, mute characters!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, GDC

Getting to the heart of art in the delightfully strange Art Sqool 1
by Joel Couture [02.20.19]
Art Sqool puts you in...an art school. You're assigned projects, you complete assignments, and a teacher grades your work. But the game's not as pedestrian as it may sound.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The origins and evolution of Darkest Dungeon's Affliction System 3
by Staff [02.19.19]
Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios: "We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways."
Indie, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Coal Rush  
by Joel Couture [02.19.19]
Coal Rush creates competition out of running a train, having players scoop coal, change tracks, and scare wildlife off the tracks with its locomotive controls
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Designing new, exciting places to clean up gore in Viscera Cleanup Detail's new DLC
by Jupiter Hadley [02.18.19]
The developers behind Viscera Cleanup Detail -- in which players clean up the gory remnants of violent sci-fi encounters -- talk about the design of the recent DLC, The Vulcan Affair.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, Video, IGF

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.19]
after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
Indie, Video, IGF