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8 tips for a smooth launch to your indie game 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.07.14]
Jesse Attard, programmer on major triple-A games and smaller mobile games alike, offers advice on launching your indie game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Exploring the possibilities of the Wii U GamePad in a platformer Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [10.07.14]
Jonathan Meyer and his small team at Actos Games were working on Apexicon, a fantasy puzzle combat game for the Nintendo Wii U, when Meyer began to really ponder the possibilities of the Wii U GamePad.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Fixing Steam's user ratings charts 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.07.14]
Today I'm going to turn a critical eye on what I see as the hidden lynch-pin of the entire system: user ratings.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

A Dark Room creator brings us a new puzzle with Gridland Exclusive 6
by Leigh Alexander [10.07.14]
A Dark Room creator Michael Townsend is back with another survival-oriented game sure to keep you dwelling anxiously in an open browser tab -- here, he talks twisted match-3 game Gridland.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Mordor to gameplay as dialect  
by Kris Ligman [10.06.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from gameplay as dialect to the terrorism of Shadow of Mordor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

How to work efficiently: Pomodoro/timeboxing on multiple projects 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.06.14]
"have been working independently for eight-ish years now, and one of the most popular suggestions for how to help yourself have a bit more discipline is Pomodoro Technique, sometimes called 'timeboxing.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Video: Building your own genre with a game like Bounden  
by Staff [10.06.14]
Developers, if you're making a new game you might be thinking too small -- why not make a whole new genre? Game Oven's de Jongh explains the value of thinking big in this GDC Europe 2014 talk.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Metrocide, or how I rolled my own cyberpunk dystopia 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.06.14]
"I'd always wanted to code a play-ground for emergent behavior, and having done it now I can both see why people love games that do it, and why most game developers try to avoid it as much as possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: German court decides that game key reselling isn't legal 18
by Gamasutra Community [10.06.14]
"The decision is an important first step for the industryís efforts to stop the grey market resale of their products... the decision sends a clear message: In Germany, key selling infringes copyright."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameMaker: Player storefront app coming later this month  
by Christian Nutt [10.03.14]
Developers who use the GameMaker engine will be able to submit and sell their games via a dedicated application on Windows, Mac, and Linux -- with a beta launch coming later this month.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Indie devs: Make noise, get noticed, says Velocity 2X dev 8
by Christian Nutt [10.03.14]
"Unless you come out and say something controversial people donít notice you." - James Marsden, head of Velocity 2X developer FuturLab
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Watch John Carmack's off-the-cuff Oculus Connect keynote now 1
by Christian Nutt [10.03.14]
The VR company has posted videos from its Oculus Connect event in Los Angeles on its YouTube channel -- including its famous CTO's musings and trials with mobile VR.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing, Video, VR

Don't Miss: VR game veteran Jesse Schell speaks his mind Exclusive 36
by Christian Nutt [10.03.14]
He started working with VR in 1993, and professionally in 1995. Now he's making prototypes for the Oculus Rift and teaching students how to develop in VR. What does he think of the medium's future?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: Lessons learned from trying to make a game a week 1
by Staff [10.03.14]
Developer Adriel Wallick gave herself a challenge: make a game a week, every week, in order to stay motivated and learn as much as possible by trying -- and often failing -- to make many games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Last chance to be a speaker at GDC 2015 Summits!  
by Staff [10.03.14]
Future GDC speakers, don't miss your last chance to propose a talk for one of the GDC 2015 Summits!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How CodeSpells raised $120K+ on Kickstarter 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.14]
Creators of a very successful campaign share the secrets to their success -- some surprising and some not-so, but all useful.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Indie game marketing guide: Creating a landing page 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.14]
How to cook up a landing page: Why your game needs its own home page, how you create one, and then how you measure its reach, and its success.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The year of narrative design theory that went into The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 9
by Mike Rose [10.03.14]
When Adrian Chmielarz, formerly creative director at BulletStorm studio People Can Fly, left his company to build a narrative-driven first-person adventure, he had a whole lot of studying to do.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Now, Steam Curators must disclose paid-for recommendations 9
by Christian Nutt [10.02.14]
Valve's new policy means that any sponsorships that result in adding games to your curation list must be revealed; additionally, developers can now pick which curators show up on their store page.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Considering risk in video game QA 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.02.14]
"Risk, at its core, is way to measure how 'dangerous' an area of the game is -- or how likely it is to generate serious bugs."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production