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Steam user reviews will no longer count 'off-topic review bombs' 3
by Emma Kidwell [03.15.19]
Valve has tweaked how the user review system works on Steam in an effort to combat review bombing, which has been an area of concern for some developers for quite some time. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't miss all the cool stuff happening next week on the new GDC Main Stage!  
by Staff [03.15.19]
Media Molecule, Hello Games' Sean Murray, and industry veteran Laralyn McWilliams will be part of this inspiring GDC Main Stage event (which will also be livestreamed!) next Wednesday at 12:30 PM PDT!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Road to the IGF: Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn 2
by Joel Couture [03.15.19]
Return of the Obra Dinn sets the player free on a dead ship heavy with mysteries, asking them to unravel a massive snarl of events and clues to reveal what happened to this lost crew.
Indie, Video, IGF

PSA: Know and abide by your GDC 2019 Code of Conduct! 2
by Staff [03.15.19]
As you lock in your plans for GDC in San Francisco next week, take time to review and commit to the Code of Conduct, which applies to everyone at the show!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Tied Escape: Curse of Cortez  
by Joel Couture [03.14.19]
Tied Escape: Curse of Cortez ties two players to chairs, action movie style, then has them escape a devious trap by working together to hit buttons around a room.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Staff [03.14.19]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Road to the IGF: Triband's WHAT THE GOLF?  
by Joel Couture [03.14.19]
WHAT THE GOLF? is a golf game for people who hate golf (but love surprises). Just when players think they'll be hitting a ball, they'll hit houses, cars, and far more absurd things.
Indie, Video, IGF

Here's where to watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards next week!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
If you can't attend in person, don't worry: the sequential award shows will be livestreamed on Twitch next Wednesday (March 20th) starting at 6:30 PM. It's always a fun, upbeat show, so don't miss it!
Console/PC, Indie, Video, GDC

Follow Gamasutra's GDC 2019 coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
GDC 2019 is just around the corner! You can follow along with up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the show all next week on this dedicated live coverage page...
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get practical advice on how to run a hit-less indie studio at GDC 2019  
by Staff [03.14.19]
At GDC 2019 next week some experienced indie studio leaders from Kitfox, Temple Gate, and Anemone Hug will share useful advice on how to run a small game studio without a surprise, breakout hit!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Complete level design processes: Shaping a Cogmind experience 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.14.19]
Game dev Josh Ge offers a complete rundown of the entire process behind designing and building a new map for the world of sci-fi roguelike Cogmind, and explaining how it integrates with gameplay.
Indie, Design

Come to GDC 2019 and get expert advice on growing your game dev career  
by Staff [03.13.19]
There's a smorgasbord of great career-building opportunities available to you at GDC 2019, including the popular Game Career Seminar and the Career Development Stage!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Don't Miss: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev 10
by Staff [03.13.19]
Gamasutra speaks with a medical professional and a handful of devs about their personal stories of burnout, and how, as an industry, we can better prevent the awful practices that lead to it.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Road to the IGF: Nolla Games' Noita  
by Joel Couture [03.13.19]
Noita simulates every pixel of its world, allowing players to break walls, set fire to oil, melt ice, and generally change the environments around them as they explore procedural places.
Indie, Video, IGF

Dwarf Fortress is headed to Steam and itch.io, 17 years into its development 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.13.19]
The game had previously been funding development primarily through Patreon but its devs say health issues and the "uncertain structure of Patreon" led to the change.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Devs share their own personal game design rules 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.19]
While there are no hard set rules to abide by in the world of game development, there are certainly a few unspoken ones to follow when making sure a game is playable (and hopefully enjoyable).
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Fellow Traveller announces online-only conference, LudoNarraCon  
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.19]
Publishing label Fellow Traveller has announced its new online-only conference LudoNarraCon, which will celebrate both developers and players of narrative-driven games. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: ReLeap  
by Joel Couture [03.12.19]
ReLeap will have players leaping and sliding through challenging environments by moving a foot pad and pulling/pushing a steel bar.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

See more GDC 2019 speakers try to pitch you on their talks in a minute or less!  
by Staff [03.12.19]
Each of these fun 'Flash Forward" videos is a short, personalized pitch for why you should make time in your busy schedule to check out a given talk while you're attending GDC!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

GDC 101 is back for GDC 2019, check it out to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [03.12.19]
For GDC 2019 later this month organizers will once again offer a special overview event -- GDC 101 -- on Tuesday, March 19th that will show you how to get the most out of your time at the show!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC