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Updates » Indie
Making a civilization-scale crafting system for Jason Rohrer's One Hour One Life 2
by Alex Wiltshire [04.02.18]
“The user interface," says developer Jason Rohrer. "Part of it is me figuring out as a solo developer, how to make a game that’s as big as all the content that’s in the real world, right?”
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Guns, Water & The Nintendo King  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.01.18]
This week's longform article highlights include musings on guns in games, a postmortem of Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, & a profile of a top retro YouTuber, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Octobo wants to be your kid's best friend  
by Katherine Cross [03.29.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross checks in on the development of Octobo, a cuddly blue octopus educational toy from developer Yuting Su that's brought to life by the addition of a tablet.
Indie, Design, Video

Art Design Deep Dive: Crossing Souls' striking '80s-infused pixel art  
by Juan Gabriel Jaén and Daniel Benitez [03.29.18]
Fourattic cofounders Juan Gabriel Jaén and Daniel Benitez write in some detail about how they implemented the striking art design of Crossing Souls, in which modern pixel art meets '80s pop culture.
Indie, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Analysis: A closer look at MidBoss' chaotic, hostile work environment 3
by Katherine Cross [03.28.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross researches some of the allegations against the 2064 developer and speaks to former staffers in an effort to understand why and how MidBoss was mismanaged.
Indie, Serious

GDC celebrates record-breaking attendance and confirms 2019 dates!  
by Staff [03.28.18]
The 32nd edition of GDC is over, and in its wake organizers confirm it hosted over 28,000 attendees (a new record!) and will return next year the week of Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Conveying the nuances of disorders like Tourette's through game design 5
by Staff [03.28.18]
"I have Tourette's Syndrome and Narcolepsy," writes Defenders Quest game dev Lars Doucet in this fascinating post. "I made a game about them. It's kinda weird."
Indie, Design

'You can deliver empathy': Why Dandara's devs drew inspiration from Brazilian culture  
by Joel Couture [03.27.18]
"Games differ from other media because of the interactive side of it, & that is how it can bring narrative elements that are unique to them," says Dandara dev Lucas Mattos. "You can deliver empathy."
Indie, Design

One Life Left x GDC podcast: Representation, storytelling, and war  
by Staff [03.26.18]
In the second GDC x One Life Left show, we talk about space, representation, storytelling, and war over 90 minutes of scintillating chat.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: We're Through The GDC Valley  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.25.18]
This week's longform article & video highlights include plenty of GDC standouts, as well as a fascinating profile of Stardew Valley's creator. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Telling an emotional tale through mechanics in Monument Valley 2  
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.18]
“The team didn’t want to add the story by usual methods; the goal was to leverage games as a medium and allow the player to feel the game through its mechanics.”
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

One Life Left x GDC podcast: PlayerUnknown, pro wrestling, and positive death  
by Staff [03.23.18]
Gabby DaRienzo, Brendan Greene, and other incredible guests join One Life Left's Ste Curran & Ann Scantlebury & Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft as they bring the best bits of GDC 2018 to you.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video, GDC

SteamSpy creator says 2017 was Valve's most profitable year yet  
by Simon Parkin [03.22.18]
2017 was Steam’s most profitable year yet, claims Sergey Galyonkin and the creator of SteamSpy, a website that, since 2015, has provided estimates on the number of game sales on the titular digital game store.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

How (and why) you should better represent Muslims in your games 35
by Alex Wawro [03.22.18]
“Muslims have a public image problem. And it’s sometimes dangerous to be Muslim,” game designer Osama Dorias said at GDC today. “So we need help addressing the public image problem.”
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Laralyn McWilliams on rediscovering creativity following trauma 3
by Simon Parkin [03.22.18]
“When you are in times of distress you feel lost and broken, because you can’t set aside fear and anger," she said. "And if you feel broken your creative work is broken.”
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production, GDC

Night in the Woods, Baba Is You win big at the 2018 IGF Awards  
by Staff [03.22.18]
Chuchel, Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, and Celeste were also among the games honored at tonight's Independent Games Festival Awards.
Indie, GDC, IGF

Translating the 2D hardbody towers of Mount Your Friends into 3D  
by Jack Yarwood [03.21.18]
Mount Your Friends dev Daniel Steger opens up about the weird challenges and surprises of taking the 2D game into 3D as Mount Your Friends 3D: A Hard Man Is Good To Climb.
Indie, Design

CD Projekt Red acquires and rebrands indie dev Strange New Things  
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.18]
Strange New Things, an indie studio formed by former Techland, IO Interactive, and CD Projekt Red devs last year, has been acquired and renamed Wrocław.
Console/PC, Indie

Growth, toxicity, crunch: Devs talk about what went wrong at Telltale  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
A new feature on The Verge tries to get at the heart of what happened to Telltale Games by speaking to a number of current and former employees, and their comments point to a toxic company culture.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Darkest Dungeon devs share golden rules for good creative partnerships  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
“Having two bosses...it’s not streamlined,” said Red Hook's Tyler Sigman at GDC today. “But we truly believe the game would not have been successful without that messy, imperfect structure.”
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC