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Video: Micro postmortems: The process of developing vastly different games  
by Staff [12.18.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, game developers Brandon Sheffield, Audrey Moon and Dan Boutros chronicle the ups and downs of the development of their vastly different games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Alissa McAloon's top 10 games 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
Here is the final roundup of my top 10 games for 2018, revised and finalized several times, legitimately right up until the absolute second before my deadline.
Console/PC, Indie

5 events that rocked the game industry in 2018 2
by Alex Wawro [12.18.18]
From the launch of the Epic Games Store to Britain's first-ever game workers union, each of these events seem likely to shake up the way people make, sell, and buy games for years to come.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Weaving 13 prototypes into 1 game for What Remains of Edith Finch  
by Staff [12.17.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Giant Sparrow's Ian Dallas talks about how he and his team approached prototyping What Remains of Edith Finch. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Alex Wawro's top 8 games 2
by Alex Wawro [12.17.18]
Look, I'll just come out and say it: a lot of great games launched in December this year, and I haven't played any of them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Best of 2018: Reimagining failure in strategy game design in Into the Breach 5
by Alex Wiltshire [12.17.18]
"We're requiring players to unlearn something...taught by almost every other strategy game," says dev Justin Ma. "That losing your mechs or main characters is the worst thing that can happen."
Indie, Design

Steam's 'Top Wishlists' filter ranks recent wishlist numbers for unreleased games 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.17.18]
A little-known page on Steam ranks unreleased games according to the number of Wishlists they’ve garnered so far, though the exact metrics being tracked are still somewhat unclear. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

5 trends that defined the game industry in 2018 1
by Kris Graft [12.17.18]
The year 2018 lasted approximately 30 normal years. From studio closures to the Fortnite phenomenon, here are the trends that defined the game industry in the longest year in the history of humankind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Below The Ashen Mutant Hades  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.17.18]
This week's highlights showcase Below, Mutant Year Zero, Hades, Gris, and Ashen - all of which have standout features - with reviews in the round-up, as well as more 'best of the year' & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch GDC Play devs hone their game-pitching skills at GDC Pitch 2019!  
by Staff [12.14.18]
If you're coming to GDC 2019 don't miss your shot to participate in GDC Pitch, a special event aimed at helping select participants practice their pitching skills in front of a live audience!
Indie, Business/Marketing

Discord aims to disrupt by opening storefront to devs, offering 90% revenue share
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.18]
Discord announced today that it will be opening up its launcher at cost for all developers, with 90 percent revenue share going back to the developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Indie Megabooth is hosting a curated indie game collection on Kartridge  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.18]
A partnership between the two companies will see past Indie Megabooth games regularly highlighted on Kongregate’s indie game storefront Kartridge.
Console/PC, Indie

Play these 20 unique games at GDC 2019's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!  
by Staff [12.12.18]
One of these alternative controller games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $3k prize plus a special trophy handmade by game maker Robin Baumgarten -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

Get game design tips and tricks from Dead Cells' co-creator at GDC 2019  
by Staff [12.12.18]
Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard will be at GDC to deliver a neat Design track talk about the little things (from controls to particles) that turned out to make Dead Cells a significantly better game. 
Indie, Design, GDC

Catching up with indie studio Tomorrow Corporation
by John Harris [12.12.18]
The members of Little Inferno and Human Resources Machine dev Tomorrow Corporation helped define the indie movement of the mid-2000s. We pick their brains and see what they're up to today.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Video: Reaching new audiences with Cosmic Top Secret 1
by Staff [12.11.18]
In this GDC talk, the developers behind Cosmic Top Secret share concrete suggestions about reaching new kinds of audiences based on their experience combining film and games.
Indie, Design, Video

Survey shows devs are more concerned over Steam's algorithm 17
by Emma Kidwell [12.10.18]
Indie dev Lars Doucet published a survey earlier today reaching out to fellow devs across the world spanning different communities on their opinions about the Steam storefront.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Best of 2018: Reversing the sunk cost fallacy - Devs recount regrettable cuts 2
by Richard Moss [12.10.18]
"We should abandon that feature, even though we've sunk so much time and effort into it!" Sometimes this is the right call, but other times, maybe not -- as these dev stories suggest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Devs explore what did and didn't work in their text-driven IF Comp games  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.18]
Postmortems of this year's entries include reflections on topics like presentation, user experience, creative process, narrative structure, puzzles, and more.
Console/PC, Indie

Catch new & classic GDC talks broadcasting live on the GDC Twitch channel  
by Staff [12.10.18]
The official Game Developers Conference Twitch channel has begun broadcasting gems from the GDC Vault of game development talks, roundtables, and postmortems, and you can tune in live now to watch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video