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Don't Miss: What Nintendo's indie program looked like way back in 2014 16
by Staff [10.23.20]
In this 2014 chat with Nintendo, Gamasutra digs into what Nintendo was doing for independent developers and what sort of indie games it wanted to land on its platforms.
Console/PC, Indie

We need to talk about Steam & China  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.22.20]
What's going on with Steam in China, and what's going to happen in the future? Take a trip though the possibilities, the government licensing complexities, and more!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The designer is god--or the devil--in The Talos Principle 4
by Staff [10.21.20]
The Talos Principle presents players with theological questions as well as puzzles. 'The Garden of Eden is a perfect fit for a story about creating a new intelligence,' says co-writer Jonas Kyratzes.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

What happened with Microsoft's Switch publishing experiments?  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.19.20]
This game discovery look examines an interesting area of research - how Microsoft playing nice with other platforms looks to have been an attempt to extend the Xbox ecosystem to those very platforms.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Crafting GoNNER's modular abilities  
by Staff [10.16.20]
"I thought, what if your character's head is an item that you can pick up and use for stuff? And that naturally became having different kinds of heads, and obviously, they would give you different abilities."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Switch game discovery - look on the bright side?  
by Gamasutra staff [10.16.20]
With Switch game discoverability, perhaps everyone's pessimist side has been over-exposed. So here's why you should dig releasing on Switch! (And more discovery news.)
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The undying allure of the Metroidvania 19
by Staff [10.15.20]
In this timeless 2015 feature, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to a swath of devs about the "Metroidvania" genre -- what drew them to it, and its potential.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How to get on the good side of media & streamers  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.14.20]
Analyzing a Twitter thread asking ‘content creators’ & media folks about the game promo-related practices that devs and publishers should stop doing. Plus lots more game discovery goodness!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

10mg: invading Steam with microgames to make a point  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.14.20]
As games flood onto Steam, some devs are trying to make their games even more complex. Not so the 10mg (Ten Minute Games) project, a series of 10 microgames which each take 10 minutes to complete.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Steam Game Festival kicks into high gear  
by Simon Carless [10.12.20]
OK, so with the Steam Game Festival - Autumn Edition now running (until October 13th), I thought it was worth peeking into changes for this edition and how it’s being received on ‘the Internet’ so far. Plus more news!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Double Fine's in-depth postmortem of Costume Quest 2 2
by Staff [10.07.20]
"I still can't believe what we were able to do in the short amount of time we had. Despite our limitations, we were able to fill this game with oodles of incredible art, animation, music, ideas, and personality."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Blog: Should game devs become YouTubers to get (more) successful?  
by Simon Carless [10.07.20]
Instead of pitching all those photogenic, influential YouTubers - why don’t you just become a slick, photogenic YouTuber? Some thoughts for game discoveryland, including the above!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Spilling data-driven indie marketing secrets with No More Robots' Mike Rose  
by Staff [10.06.20]
Mike Rose, founder of Descenders and Hypnospace Outlaw publisher No More Robots talks about his approach to data-driven indie marketing and publishing, and what he looks for when signing new games.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Estimating platform revenues - a discovery conundrum!  
by Simon Carless [10.06.20]
How do developers and publishers try to predict their revenue per platform? A look at The Gardens Between's results, and some hints as to possibilities - plus lots more game discovery news.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building a solid foundation for your toolset - Where Cards Fall's 'Master Tool'  
by Staff [10.05.20]
Joel Clark, tech lead and gameplay designer at The Game Band, offers an in-depth look at the "Master Tool" -- the toolset used to create the highly-acclaimed Apple Arcade game Where Cards Fall.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

RNG and player agency: Solving random number generation abuse in roguelikes 10
by Alex Pine [10.05.20]
Roguelikes have a strange relationship with RNG that may lead to frustration or RNG abuse. This article examines the various ways and methods you can design RNG in roguelikes to provide the best player experience and reduce RNG abuse.
Indie, Design

Blog: Switch & Steam discount strategies? Here's some good ones  
by Simon Carless [10.02.20]
Let's look at some interesting discount and sale strategies for console and PC games - including Switch eShop discounts and Steam sales.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Has Xbox changed discoverability with its new store?  
by Simon Carless [10.01.20]
What's the new Xbox store for Xbox One - which will also roll out for Xbox Series - like? (This is a big one for the future of how people buy games on Xbox consoles.)
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The real story of Torchlight's music 3
by Staff [09.29.20]
In this thoughtful, detailed interview, Matt Uelmen, composer for Runic Games' Torchlight discusses the tactics he took in creating the music for the game, and his experiences on Diablo and WoW at Blizzard.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

Does your game have 'staying power'? 1
by Simon Carless [09.29.20]
This game discovery round up looks at what happens if you have a slow start, but your game is great. Can we all hold out hope and push for that Wandersong-style long tail?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing