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How a mobile studio's fight for survival ended with a $500K investment Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.31.14]
Traplight Games was founded back in 2010 by three game industry veterans. While the team aimed to create their own original games, they soon found themselves collaborating with other bigger studios...
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

How Spelunky helped Dan Marshall reinvent The Swindle Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Last year, developer Dan Marshall cancelled The Swindle, a game he had been working on for two years. Now the dev has resurrected the game with a new direction -- and it's all thanks to Spelunky.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: Mastering the art of killing your games 7
by Staff [10.29.14]
Adam Telfer is a product lead at Wooga who had failed on at least seven projects when he spoke at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year about Wooga's "hit filter" approach to game design and killing your darlings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

The HTML5 open standard has been finalized 6
by Mike Rose [10.29.14]
Nearly two years after the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) said that the HTML5 project was "feature complete," the group now says that the open standard for HTML5 is ready to go.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Building Runbow, the first nine-player Wii U platformer Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [10.29.14]
13AM Games in Toronto has figured out how to make a 9-player competitive platformer for the Wii U. But how do they solve the design challenges of fitting that many players on a single screen?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Video Postmortem: The successes and failures of SteamWorld Dig  
by Staff [10.27.14]
Brjann Sigurgeirsson reveals how he and the team at Image & Form stumbled through the process of making SteamWorld Dig a multi-platform hit in this GDC Europe 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Microsoft cuts the price of the Xbox One for the holiday season 11
by Mike Rose [10.27.14]
Microsoft has cut the price of its Xbox One console in the run-up to the holiday season, as the company looks to shift the balance of power.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

With PS4 Share Play, local multiplayer games can be played online  
by Mike Rose [10.27.14]
As part of the PlayStation 4's version 2 system update this week, the console will receive Share Play functionality -- a feature that, amongst other things, allows local multiplayer games to be played online.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Finding the right art style for The Witness  
by Staff [10.24.14]
Speaking at GDC 2014, The Witness artist Luis Antonio recounts the game's artistic development and reminds developers that refining and simplifying your art style can amplify your game's impact.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video postmortem details the troubled development of TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre 1
by Mike Rose [10.24.14]
"In July an investor went dark. It took us a while to figure out that he decided to go to Africa and import black rhinos. Or changed his mind, who knows." - Christian Allen, industry veteran, provides a postmortem for TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: What it's like to make indie games as a couple 2
by Staff [10.20.14]
Claudia Molinari and Matteo Pozzi of We Are Muesli gave a great talk at GDC Europe 2014 that examines some of the naked truths of working as an indie couple, both within games and without.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 3
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' 3
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