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When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 1
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China

Video: Indies, resist the urge to 'juice it or lose it' 2
by Staff [10.17.14]
Independent game maker Folmer Kelly explains why developers might want to avoid the temptation to "juice up" their games, especially when it comes at the expense of player immersion.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Turning your jam game into a polished release  
by Staff [10.15.14]
Indie developers Mattia Traverso and Alan Zucconi got a friend to make a game during their talk at GDC Europe 2014 about how you can go about turning game jam games into releasable titles.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

400,000 views later, Tobias dev lauds the supportive game industry 4
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
Earlier this year, a game called Tobias and the Dark Sceptres turned hundreds of thousands of heads, as a relatively unknown developer offered up the game he had been working on for the last 13 years.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Driven from her home, dev speaks out against harassment, irresponsibility 30
by Kris Graft [10.14.14]
Just days after receiving death threats that drove her from her home, game developer Brianna Wu of independent game studio Giant Spacekat met the alleged facilitator of her harassment head-on.
Indie, Video

Airships: The beauty of chaos in the clouds Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.13.14]
With so many building and crafting games coming out each month, and with many, many more in development, it can be tricky to truly bring something new to the table, that captures attention and rises above the rest.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Reinventing slumber party games with Bumpie's Party  
by Staff [10.10.14]
In this GDC Europe 2014 talk, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party developer Lau Korsgaard argues that 'slumber party' games grow up with players, but they also help the players themselves grow up.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Sid Meier encourages developers to be ready for failure 1
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
XCOM: Enemy Unknown designer Jake Solomon speaks with Firaxis cofounder Sid Meier about the veteran game developer's career and his philosophy of game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

The Myst-inspired visuals of For Each Our Roads of Winter Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.08.14]
Game jam enthusiast Orihaus has been lauded for his visual style in the past. With this is mind, it's not surprising that he's decided to put visuals first with his latest project, For Each Our Roads of Winter.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Video: How to get your game covered by YouTubers 1
by Staff [10.08.14]
Gamasutra's own Mike Rose shares what he's learned about the YouTuber business -- and how devs can take advantage of it -- during his GDC Europe 2014 Independent Games Summit talk.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

You can now import 3D animated characters into Photoshop CC  
by Mike Rose [10.07.14]
Adobe today announced 3D animated character support for Photoshop CC, as provided in conjunction with animation company Mixamo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

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

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

Oculus' Carmack, Abrash, Luckey, and Binstock debate the future of VR 3
by Christian Nutt [10.06.14]
Oculus' biggest visionaries recently gathered to discuss -- and debate, since they don't always agree -- the future of the technology. Here's the record of their discussion.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Microsoft still wants to turn your living room into a video game 3
by Mike Rose [10.06.14]
Microsoft has been playing around with living room projection for video games for a while now, most recently with IllumiRoom. Now Microsoft Research has a new solution called RoomAlive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

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

Video Postmortem: The making of Prince of Persia 2
by Staff [10.03.14]
25 years ago this month, Jordan Mechner released his seminal game Prince of Persia for the Apple II. In this postmortem talk from GDC 2011, he explains exactly how he did it.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

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

Insomniac's engine guru expounds on his studio's approach to code 3
by Alex Wawro [10.02.14]
Mike Acton serves as Insomniac Games' engine director, and last month he gave a talk about the studio's approach to optimizing C++ code for game design that game programmers may find useful.
Console/PC, Programming, Video