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'Provocative thoughts' from ToeJam & Earl's creator 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.16.15]
"How do you maintain the integrity of your creative vision?" and "Why is there so little cultural and ethnic diversity in video games?" tackled by the classic's creator, as he ramps up a new installment.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Moonbase Commander's strange journey to becoming a cult-hit 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.16.15]
The personal story of how a developer's personal project was sent off-course by publisher management but managed to find acclaim all the same.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Demiurge Studios seeks a Game Director  
by Staff [03.13.15]
Following its acquisition by SEGA Networks, Cambridge-based F2P studio Demiurge is looking for someone with production experience to serve as a Game Director on a new mobile/PC F2P title.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Recruitment

10 seminal game postmortems every developer should read Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.13.15]
A few timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, that detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Valve's design process for creating Half-Life 12
by Ken Birdwell [03.13.15]
Valve engineer Ken Birdwell walks us through the "cabal" procedures that helped turn the company's initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

10 things I thought were true about making indie games (until I tried them out myself) 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"There are few better feelings in the world than releasing a game you dreamed up and built and having people pay real money for it -- just remember that making any successful game is going to be a huge challenge."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Human Extinction Simulator 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"I was now in the right state of mind to work on my best game yet that would let me get my hopes up for the first time. I was ready to put to good use the last seven years I spent 'trying' to actually 'making.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Studio management tips from Jesse Schell 9
by Christian Nutt [03.06.15]
Over the course of the last 12 years of running his studio, Schell Games, Jesse Schell has learned a few things about management: Here's a collection of his insight, shared today at GDC.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

'I'm still creative!' - Game industry vets rally against ageism Exclusive 15
by Alex Wawro [03.06.15]
David Mullich and a group of other game industry veterans shared advice on beating ageism in the game industry and offered concrete examples of how our industry can improve today at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Suviving LocJam: Localizing a game on the quick  
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.15]
Game translators were offered a nice interactive story, Grandpa. A creepy atmosphere and a disturbing twist gave us translators good material to test both our technical knowledge and literary talent.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

How to manage level background assets for a 2D smartphone game 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.15]
"The purpose is to get things in order and save production time and budgets. In producing background art, our team use 2D or 3D pre-render solutions ... so we have both 2D and 3D assets to manage."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production

Women share their #1ReasonToBe in games, in a powerful GDC panel 2
by Simon Parkin [03.06.15]
Eight women received standing ovations after describing their experiences working in the video game industry at the #1ReasonToBe panel at GDC in San Fransisco last night.
Serious, Production, GDC

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #1: Pipelines 'n' Tubes Exclusive  
by Staff [03.05.15]
Guests from Naughty Dog, Campo Santo, Vlambeer, Undead Labs, and much more join One Life Left and Gamasutra for fun stuff, smart stuff, and random stuff from GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Podcast, GDC

5 reasons NOT to outsource art  
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"There are a lot of advantages to art outsourcing, and for many projects it's a really great option, but outsourcing isn't always the best option for every project (or every part of every project)."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't save your bullets: Darkest Dungeon's Red Hook on Early Access  
by Phill Cameron [03.05.15]
We talk to Red Hook Studios, makers of Darkest Dungeon, about how to manage to successful Early Access game, and not saving your big guns for later.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Balance balls make better games? Tips from Swery65 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.04.15]
The always-spirited Swery65 offered a bevy of surprising and insightful development tips on everything from making better motion controls and creating more empathy to getting along with your team.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Xbox's vision for a cross-platform future 2
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Microsoft plans to create a single, unified platform for game developers with the forthcoming launch of Windows 10, which will have Xbox Live integration to allow for cross-play across devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Perforce Software launches Helix collaboration platform  
by Phill Cameron [03.04.15]
Popular version control software Perforce has launched Helix, a larger-scale collaboration platform.
Console/PC, Production

Postmortem: Failbetter Games' Sunless Sea 7
by Alexis Kennedy [03.04.15]
Failbetter Games co-founder Alexis Kennedy takes you behind the scenes of what went right (and wrong) during development of the studio's darkly comedic roguelike game Sunless Sea.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve debuts Source 2 for free in bid to compete with Epic, Unity 11
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Valve is officially debuting its long-rumored Source 2 engine at GDC this week alongside a host of other new technologies, and it's expected to launch at a competitive price: free.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing