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Don't Miss: The Gamasutra community's game developer flashcards 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.04.15]
Developers like you from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this quirky taxonomy of personalities and situations that you're likely to encounter if you spend much time in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

5 years to create a mobile adventure: A postmortem of Heroki 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.04.15]
"Developing Heroki was an incredible journey that was rewarding on several levels. Weíve learned so much about game development and working with a big publisher in the last 5 years."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

4 lessons that 30+ years of software dev has taught me about building games 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.04.15]
"Iíve learned some valuable lessons, many of which are surprisingly relevant to game development, as different as that is from the 'serious' side of software. Iíd like to share a few relevant lessons."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

How video game developers score art grants 3
by Bryant Francis [09.04.15]
More and more games are being partially or fully funded by grants from the NEA, the NEH, and state arts councils. WE share tips on how funding is secured, and what projects seem to find favor.
Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Harmonix using Kickstarter alternative Fig to crowdfund new game  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.15]
Video game crowdfunding platform Fig has found another high profile partner, with Harmonix announcing it'll be bringing a mystery title to the new service later this later.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Platforming with paint: Making a splash with INK 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
"We have been overwhelmed by the response INK has had. This only motivates us to keep supporting the game a little bit longer, and adding features we had to cut during development."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Undead Labs shutting down struggling RPG, Moonrise  
by Chris Kerr [09.02.15]
State of Decay developer Undead Labs will be closing down its free-to-play Pokťmon-esque RPG, Moonrise, on December 31.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Thoughts on finding your place in the industry 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
"I donít know my place in the game world. Things are changing so fast that itís hard to tell if Iím on a good path or doing nothing at all."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

The game design scrapheap 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.15]
"So Iíve stopped working on my previous game and added it to the game design scrapheap which grows bigger by the year."
Indie, Design, Production

Bringing a 2D puzzler to VR in Fantastic Contraption for Vive  
by Bryant Francis [09.01.15]
The developers of Fantastic Contraption explain what they learned about best practices for VR development when they ported their simple 2D puzzle game into a 3D experience for Vive.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Ninjas are helping me do my job 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.01.15]
"My schedule is 99% full most days. Iím constantly in meetings to approve features or game content, and itís becoming clear that Iím not spending enough time with my own team."
Console/PC, Production

Looking back at Disastr_Blastr's dev: Two years as a solo indie 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.01.15]
"Here you have it -- all the best thoughts and observations I could scrape together from 2+ years of solo indie development. I hope some of you out there find this useful."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Classic Postmortem: Deadly Premonition Exclusive 2
by SWERY et al. [08.31.15]
The open world survival horror comedy game Deadly Premonition turns five this month. We celebrate by reprinting an exhaustive Game Developer magazine postmortem of this cult classic.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, GD Mag

Funding for smaller developers: Tips from the Game Career Guide 5
by Brandon Sheffield [08.28.15]
In this article from the 2015 annual Game Career Guide, Brandon Sheffield of Necrosoft Games offers tips on incremental funding strategies for smaller developers.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve and HTC's Vive VR commercial launch delayed 1
by Chris Kerr [08.28.15]
Valve and HTC's Vive virtual reality headset won't be hitting shelves in 2015 as previously thought, with the duo revealing they will instead be shipping the device in Q1 2016.
Console/PC, Production, VR

Don't Miss: What Ubisoft learned from making Far Cry 2 15
by Chris Remo [08.27.15]
In this timeless feature, Ubisoft's Patrick Redding reflects on what the Far Cry 2 team learned during its 3-year development cycle, reflects on current industry trends that informed its development.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How The Witcher taught CD Projekt Red about RPG design 15
by Tom Curtis [08.26.15]
In this classic interview, key staffers from CD Projekt RED reflect upon The Witcher series, noting what went right, wrong, and how the games have affected the studio's plans for the years ahead.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Reminder: GDC 2016 call for submissions closes tomorrow!  
by Staff [08.26.15]
The call for proposals for Main Conference talks, roundtables and panel sessions for the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA ends tomorrow (8/27). Don't miss your deadline!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Into the asylum: A postmortem of Human Head Studios' Lost Within  
by Chris Rhinehart, Ryan Jackson [08.26.15]
A detailed, candid postmortem of the mobile horror game -- from concept to crunch and everything in between, this article tells the story of what it took to build Weatherby Asylum.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How to prioritize features and user stories 5
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.15]
"A development team's time can be wasted if they select the wrong user stories or features for a sprint or a release. Here are some techniques to take the guesswork out of prioritization."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production