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Nintendo might not have flourished without help from the Yakuza  
by Alissa McAloon [02.16.17]
A recent video from Eurogamer takes a deeper look at Nintendo’s origins as a playing card company and how the Yakuza and illegal gambling rings helped the company survive.
Console/PC, Video

Road to the IGF: Student project Un Pas Fragile  
by Joel Couture [02.16.17]
A frog ballet dancer takes her first hesitant steps alongside the player in Un Pas Fragile. "It's a slow-mo WarioWare that tells a story," says developer Géraud de Courrèges.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, IGF

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Student project Emotional Fugitive Detector  
by Joel Couture [02.16.17]
Emotions make people dangerous in the world of Emotional Fugitive Detector. A machine is designed to scan the player's face and look for them, failing them should they be a too expressive.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Designing boss fights from the bad guy's POV in Nefarious  
by Alan Bradley [02.16.17]
“It's a big love-letter to video game villains. Being the villain informed a lot of our decisions, from reverse boss fights to which side of the screen your health bar goes."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Watch top devs discuss video game storytelling in new vid series 5
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
The whole video series, titled "The Game Makers: Inside Story," is free to watch right now on the AIAS' YouTube channel and covers a broad enough range to interest most folks working in games today. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Coming to GDC 2017? Play these charming indie games at the Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Warm and welcoming indie game collective Wild Rumpus returns to GDC 2017 with games like Burly Men At Sea, One Way Trip, Sacramento and more!
Indie, Video, GDC

Chat with Riot Games producer Juliet Nuzzo today at 3PM EST 1
by Bryant Francis [02.15.17]
Join us at 3PM EST for a chat about game production inside one of the industry's most complex game development companies.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: vinylOS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
A DJ's turntable becomes a video game controller with vinylOS, a game that uses scratching, spinning, and rewinding to play through games that are projected down onto a vinyl LP from above.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

Road to the IGF: Student project FAR: Lone Sails  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
The connection between humans and the machines we need for surival earned FAR: Lone Sails a nomination for Best Student Game at the Independent Games Festival. Take a peek behind the dev curtain.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Student project Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor  
by Joel Couture [02.14.17]
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor gives the player the delightful job of picking up garbage on an alien world, doing your best to make ends meet with your custodial duties. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Martín Sebastián Wain's Doggy Tug of War  
by Joel Couture [02.14.17]
Martin Sebastian Wain's game simulates simulates playing tug of war with a playful dog. It uses a string, a modified broken printer, and a video of a dog to recreate the experience.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Video: Disney Imagineering's approach to interactive environmental storytelling  
by Staff [02.13.17]
At GDC Next 2013, Disney Imagineering's Jonathan Ackley and Chris Purvis took the stage to break down how the lessons they've learned about theme park game design can inform video game design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Objects in Space  
by Joel Couture [02.13.17]
"It’s a bit like we’ve built a mock-up of the consoles from a real space capsule, but instead of mimicking a real one, we built it based on a fake retro sci-fi aesthetic of our own design."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Road to the IGF: Misfits Attic's Duskers  
by Joel Couture [02.13.17]
In Duskers, players scrounge for scrap parts, combing through derelict freighters in the cold void of space. They are forced to send drones to do the dirty work, issuing orders through command lines.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Game Design Deep Dive: Dynamic detection in Shadow Tactics 4
by Moritz Wagner [02.13.17]
"We analyzed how Viewcones were used in the old games and decided on where we wanted to improve it. This also lead us to re-thinking some aspects of player detection in the genre."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Why pop culture characters may be essential to maintaining VR's growth  
by Bryant Francis [02.10.17]
If you're a developer looking to pitch the owner of a pop-culture franchise, you may want to heed this insight on what they're looking for in the VR marketplace.
VR, Design, Video

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Henning Steinbock's Close the Leaks  
by Joel Couture [02.10.17]
Close the Leaks (to prevent imminent death) is a four player arcade game that is controlled by stopping the air flowing out of hoses.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Learn effective storytelling animation techniques for VR today at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [02.10.17]
If you're working on a virtual reality game, you can get some animation tips for your game's characters from veterans of Telltale games and Pixar today at 3PM EST.
VR, Art, Design, Video

Road to the IGF: Ghost Town Games' Overcooked 1
by Chris Kerr [02.10.17]
Ghost Town Games co-founder Phil Duncan reveals how the studio created a frantic, co-op first experience in Overcooked, which is up for two awards at this year's Independent Games Festival.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Tobias Zarges' Close  
by Joel Couture [02.09.17]
IGF finalist Tobias Zarges talks about opportunities for introspection in his game Close, as well as what draws the player into open places filled with moments of quiet thought.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, IGF