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Don't Miss: 7 great minigames that game developers should study 21
by Staff [10.03.18]
An engaging minigame can deepen a players engagement in the overarching game. We look at 7 instructive examples that game developers should examine closely.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How Quest for Glory's creators give players room to be themselves in Hero-U 1
by Joel Couture [10.02.18]
Veteran game devs Lori and Corey Cole (Quest for Glory series) open up about how they designed their new game, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, with an emphasis on player agency and role-playing.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Crafting the visuals of 20XX for maximum comprehensibility  
by Staff [10.01.18]
"The game's second visual iteration took on a very colorful, Saturday-morning-cartoon kind of vibe, which ended up working really well with the game's quick pace and need for instant player reactions."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Reminder: Today is the last day to submit your game for IGF 2019!  
by Staff [10.01.18]
Don't forget: The submission deadline for the 2019 Independent Games Festival Main Competition ends today (Monday, October 1st) at 11:59 PM PT!
Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Uncle Buddy's Wattam Is Strange  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.01.18]
This week's highlights include an overview of a very odd old Mac game, Keita Takahashi on making games in tough times, and a close look at Life Is Strange 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Time is limited, and devs are struggling now that games demand more of it 15
by Alissa McAloon [09.28.18]
"If some number of people are playing Fortnite for some massive amount of time, well, that’s a lot of people who aren’t even opening their Steam client," argues Devolver Digital's Nigel Lowry.
Indie

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2018 Nuovo Award winner Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy!  
by Staff [09.27.18]
The deadline to submit entries for all IGF 2019 categories is this coming Monday, October 1! To help inspire you, today we highlight 2018 Nuovo Award winner Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy!
Indie, Design, IGF

Got a unique alternative controller game? Submit it to Alt.Ctrl.GDC now!  
by Staff [09.27.18]
Organizers of the 2019 Game Developers Conference have once again issued a call for submissions to Alt.Ctrl.GDC, the popular on-site showcase that highlights unique control methods for playing games!
Indie, Design

Meet the pioneering Japanese indie behind La-Mulana  
by Alex Wiltshire [09.24.18]
"We’ve created this with the belief that while times and trends may change, there are always going to be players who want games with real challenge to them," says La-Mulana 2 director Takumi Naramura.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Unavowed Ninja's Red (Dead) Redemption 1
by Gamasutra Staff [09.24.18]
This week's highlights include analysis of adventure title Unavowed, a cover story on Fortnite streamer Ninja, & detailed impressions of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Exploring the rise and appeal of Roguelikes 25
by Staff [09.21.18]
In this 2014 feature, Gamasutra speaks to a number of game devs to explore the appeal of Roguelikes, both for players and developers.
Indie, Design

Inside the Awesomenauts matchmaking algorithm 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.21.18]
Joost van Dongen, lead programmer and co-founder at Ronimo Games, addresses the question at the core of online matchmaking: who should play with whom?
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Game design lessons worth learning from collectible card games  
by Staff [09.20.18]
At GDC 2011 game designer Skaff Elias (who worked on a number of Magic card sets) offers insight on how you might apply the best practices of CCG design to your own games, be they physical or digital.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Political extremism and gunplay meet in The Church in the Darkness 2
by Katherine Cross [09.20.18]
Columnist Katherine Cross examines the upcoming The Church in the Darkness, a game that confronts the complicated themes surrounding political extremism.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How Exapunks dev Zachtronics finds the fun in hacking 2
by Richard Moss [09.20.18]
"I'm kind of uninterested in the kind of hacking games where you just connect to stuff," says Zachtronics' Zach Barth. "I kind of think that hacking, maybe, is just like entirely about being cool."
Indie, Design

Video: Lessons learned from trying to gamify death  
by Staff [09.19.18]
At GDC 2012, game dev Margaret Robertson explains how UK studio Hide&Seek was asked to make a documentary game about the discovery of a corpse in a busy London block of flats -- and what they learned.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Larian's lessons learned making Divinity: Original Sin 3
by Staff [09.19.18]
Studio founder Swen Vencke speaks to Larian's experience of becoming an independent, self-publishing company after 15 years of working with publishers in this Divinity: Original Sin postmortem.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2016 Audience Award winner Undertale!  
by Staff [09.19.18]
Don't forget, entries for all IGF award categories are being accepted through October 1! To help inspire you, today we'd like to highlight another past IGF winner: Toby Fox's charming Undertale!
Indie, Design

Witch-craft: How Dicey Dungeons balances chance and predictability 1
by Alex Wiltshire [09.19.18]
Veteran game dev Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon) opens up about the design process of his latest game, Dicey Dungeons, and explains how he created and playtested a specific class: the Witch.
Indie, Design

PAX Australia puts out a call for tabletop devs looking for playtesters  
by Emma Kidwell [09.18.18]
PAX Australia has put out a call for tabletop game developers working on a board game or RPG who wish to play-test their work at the PAX Collaboratory during the conference. 
Indie, Design