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VGDC: Em Reed's 'All Time Greats' article/video picks  
by Simon Carless [07.08.20]
Writer & cultural commentator Em Reed contributes some really interesting links that straddle history, art, academia and culture adeptly.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Summer's Community Channel offers fun activities to unwind with peers  
by Staff [07.08.20]
Much of GDC's appeal comes from serendipitous run-ins you have with peers, so organizers are lining up community-focused activities (from music to yoga to mixology) for you to enjoy during GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Core is paying devs per DAU in a bid to kickstart the creation platform's economy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.20]
Core developer Manticore has earmarked $1 million for a Creator Payouts Pilot Program, money that will then be paid out to devs that create and publish games within its games-as-a-platform ecosystem.
Console/PC, Indie

Video: How to prioritize your dev efforts in an era of rising costs  
by Staff [07.07.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk devs Pany Haritatos, David Edery, Adrian Crook and Mario Wynands explore design, marketing, and production tactics to help control costs without diminishing your odds of success.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Join Yacht Club Games as a Mid to Senior Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [07.06.20]
We are on the lookout to hire a capable mid to senior level gameplay programmer with a desire to build great gameplay experiences in a small, team-centered environment.
Indie, Programming, Recruitment

Video: Tips and tools for finding inspiration when you're stuck  
by Staff [07.06.20]
In this 2018 GDC session ustwo games' Lauren Cason shares methods and word games that you can use to kickstart inspiration and get ideas flowing when you find yourself stuck in your own projects.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.03.20]
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox is hosting a demo event for Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest  
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
We've seen Steam rally behind the idea of digitally-hosted game demo events, and now Xbox is doing the same through a partnership with Summer Game Fest.
Console/PC, Indie

PlayStation now has a dedicated initiative for indie games: PlayStation Indies 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
PlayStation has unveiled a new indie-driven initiative and the first nine games it's elevating as part of a new drive to 'spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation.'
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: Designing CrossCode to stand out in the retro RPG market 1
by Bryant Francis [06.30.20]
CrossCode's lead developer and composer talk to us about making and selling a retro-flavored RPG in the crowded markets of 2018.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: An architectural approach to video game level design  
by Staff [06.30.20]
In this 2018 GDC session, Christopher Totten shows developers a process for creating their own critical approaches to the art of level design, and sharing those approaches with the world.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get hands-on guidance from game dev experts in GDC Summer's new Skill-Building Series  
by Staff [06.30.20]
When GDC Summer debuts in August there will be a new series of interactive sessions which promise to guide attendees through the practical steps of key game dev projects.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo Switch game sales: the three biggest misconceptions 1
by Gamasutra Staff [06.30.20]
The Nintendo Switch is still probably still the hottest console platform for small and medium-sized indies looking to launch on multiple platforms - but what are people getting wrong about it?
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Devs share their experiences going from corporate to indie and back again  
by Staff [06.29.20]
In this 2018 GDC session Peter Drescher, Damian Kastbauer, Wilbert Roget II, Caron Weidner, and Guy Whitmore discuss the pros and cons of working full-time in corporate game dev vs. life as an indie.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: SpongeBob's Death Come True  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.26.20]
Death Come True, Hylics 2, and the SpongeBob game remake are just a few of the things featured in this week's new Video Game Deep Cuts link round-up.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get inspired at GDC Summer's Experimental Gameplay Workshop  
by Staff [06.26.20]
Come and be inspired by innovative game designs from around the world when a perennial GDC favorite, the Experimental Gameplay Workshop, takes place this August during the all-digital GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

What are Steam Points? What were Summer Festival's lessons? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [06.26.20]
What the heck is this new Steam Points system? How did devs fare in the Steam Summer Games Festival with their pre-release demos? All this info, and more, within.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discoverability by design: Rethinking how video games get noticed 1
by Simon Carless [06.26.20]
The best way around a shouting match to promote your game? Avoid it altogether. Rather, embrace that game design is part of the marketing equation and embed discoverability directly into the game itself.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Focus Home Interactive acquires Lords of the Fallen dev Deck13 for $7.9M  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.20]
The $7.9 million deal brings the German game dev studio and all 60 of its staff under Focus Home Interactive's wing, and also grants the company control of Deck13's intellectual property and indie publishing branch.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Here's a sneak peek at how you'll meet peers and network at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.25.20]
Here's an early look at what GDC Summer attendees can expect to find when you log in on the first day and start looking for opportunities to meet interesting people in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC