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Reactive game dev: How Serious Sam 4 became The Talos Principle Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Croteam kicks off the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit with a talk on how the Serious Sam studio taught itself a new way to make games as it embarked on its first puzzle game: The Talos Principle.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Double Fine's 'heartfelt and personal' Hack 'n' Slash: A postmortem 5
by Brandon Dillon [03.02.15]
Project lead Brandon Dillon walks us through what went right and wrong during development of Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash, an open-world exploration game about hacking and reverse engineering.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2015 coverage begins!  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Click this link to be magically transported to the central location for Gamasutra's GDC coverage -- which is already full of good stuff, and which will be live from the show in San Francisco starting Monday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

5 essential playability-focused activities every game should budget for  
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"Here are five practical tasks that every studio -- large or small -- should be including in their game development cycle in order to improve their player experience right from the start of the project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Finish your game! 13
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"This advice is meant to be for people who have never finished a game. If you're struggling with any project, no matter how big it is, you should know your destination and how to get there."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Mobile struggles and lessons: An Atoms iOS postmortem 5
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"I never expected to get rich, but bringing in a few hundred or a thousand pounds didn't seem unrealistic. Maybe, if I'd charged £1.99 up front, or had the right marketing...? Maybe I'm just a naive fool though."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't miss these standout talks during the eight GDC 2015 Summits  
by Staff [02.27.15]
As everyone prepares for the big show next week, GDC 2015 officials take a moment to highlight some of the most interesting can't-miss Summit sessions at this year's conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Make the kinds of games you can be proud of 10
by Christian Nutt [02.26.15]
"Yesterday I started to create some pixel art mockups of how I think the game should look... And a funny thing happened. As I was doing it I realized I felt happy."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Make room in your GDC 2015 schedule for these standout talks  
by Staff [02.26.15]
As everyone finalizes their GDC 2015 conference schedules, we'd like to take a moment to highlight some standout sessions that you should keep on your radar.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

What to watch out for in AB testing  
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.15]
Wisdom earned from six years running an analytics company: "Here are some lessons learned from designing these A-B tests and interpreting the results."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Leap Motion joins hands with Epic to offer official UE4 plugin 2
by Alex Wawro [02.25.15]
There's an official Unreal Engine 4 plugin for the Leap Motion gesture controller out this week that developers can access via the Unreal Engine 4.7 source code repository on GitHub.
Console/PC, Production, Video

These are your GDC 2015 Game Narrative poster session winners  
by Staff [02.25.15]
Organizers of GDC and the Game Narrative Summit are happy to announce the 2015 Student Narrative Analysis Competition winners, who all receive passes to this year's March conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Mixamo gets usability overhaul in 2.0 release  
by Alex Wawro [02.25.15]
The five-year-old Mixamo online storefront of 3D animations/character models is getting an overhaul in advance of next week's Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Production, Video

When 'minimum viable product' becomes a crutch 36
by Gamasutra Community [02.25.15]
Iteration based mobile game designers have taken "minimum viable product" development principles too far, argues developer Joseph Kim.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Remember: GDC 2015 online registration closes tomorrow  
by Staff [02.24.15]
With just over a day left until online registration for GDC 2015 ends on February 25th at 11:59 PM PT, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

A Humongous chance: The death and life of the best game you never played 12
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.15]
A short, personal history of Humongous Entertainment and a look inside the development of cult-classic Moonbase Commander -- a fascinating project with an even more surprising history.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Playtesting games at the DMV 9
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.15]
People are bored, so why not? Here's how one dev did it: "If you’re part of a small team and working on a mobile game (or app), playtesting at the DMV can be very productive."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Darkest Dungeon: Designing for despair, and kicking you when you're down 7
by Phill Cameron [02.24.15]
We talk to Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios about the difficulty of Darkest Dungeon, and why they want their narrator to compound defeat by insulting the player.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Koji Igarashi explores what makes a Metroidvania game 1
by Staff [02.23.15]
At GDC 2014, veteran designer Koji Igarashi examines the evolution of the Metroidvania genre through the lens of his own experience working on some of its most iconic games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Goat Simulator's wild ride to success: A 'strange' postmortem 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.15]
"We’ve discarded a large part of game development practices that are usually fundamental to how you make games. We’ve made a game in a way we never thought we would, and it actually worked."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing