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From Amazon to Unity, take advantage of great sponsored content at GDC!  
by Staff [02.06.20]
Amazon, Google, Unity, and other industry leaders are presenting interesting sponsored talks during GDC 2020, touching on everything from AI Dungeon to porting Destiny 2 to Stadia!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

5 important realizations about game balance 10
by Gamasutra Community [02.06.20]
Here are some of the most interesting things we've learned about balance during development and live operations of our competitive multiplayer games Awesomenauts and Swords & Soldiers.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Talking burnout, making art with Drinkbox's Gabby DaRienzo  
by Kris Graft [02.05.20]
On the latest episode of the GDC Podcast, Drinkbox Studios sr. artist and Forbes 30 under 30 game developer Gabby DaRienzo talked about art, creativity, burnout, and of course, death.
Indie, Art

Video: Why forums can be great for indie discoverability and community  
by Staff [02.05.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Stray Fawn Studio's Philomena Schwab explains how forums (and useful plugins) can still be useful for indie devs looking to build stable online communities around their games.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Road to the IGF: Flight School Studio's Creature in the Well  
by Joel Couture [02.05.20]
Creature in the Well abandons you in a deserted town filled with bizarre machines that can be awakened by bouncing energy balls off of them, adding adventure & mystery to pinball action.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Come to GDC and see how Disco Elysium's unique style was achieved!  
by Staff [02.04.20]
ZA/UM's remarkable role-playing game Disco Elysium turned heads with its striking visual style, and at GDC 2020 next month attendees will enjoy a rare chance to learn how it was achieved!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, GDC

What 'Dragons Love Tacos' taught me about game discoverability 1
by Simon Carless [02.04.20]
Right now, my kid is a little bit obsessed with the kids book Dragons Love Tacos. I thought it might be an excellent starting point to examine why some things break out - and how you can stand out better with your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Cursed problems in game design  
by Staff [02.03.20]
In this 2019 GDC session, Riot Games' Alex Jaffe presents a theory of cursed game design problems and explores the four design paradigms that have helped developers face these problems and survive.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

GDC State of the Industry: Nearly half of game makers still work over 40 hours/week  
by Staff [02.03.20]
Many work more, with some GDC 2020 State of the Industry survey respondents saying they worked as much as 80+ hours in a given week -- but self-pressure was the most common reason given.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Whitepaper, GDC

Congratulate these GDC 2020 Narrative Summit poster session winners!  
by Staff [02.03.20]
Organizers of GDC and the Game Narrative Summit are happy to announce the 2020 Student Narrative Analysis Competition winners, who all receive passes to the conference next month!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Kentucky Routes, Savage Planets, Mythic Quests  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.01.20]
The latest highlights include the Kentucky Route Zero ending chapter, the debuts of Journey To The Savage Planet and SpellTower+, and the upcoming game dev-themed TV show from the 'Always Sunny' crew.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nailing down the gooey physics of indie platformer Gish 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.31.20]
The folks over at Noclip have another insightful game developer mini documentary up online, this time exploring the origins of the early physics based platformer Gish.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: A game artist's guide to escaping your comfort zone  
by Staff [01.31.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Ubisoft's Liam Wong talks about going outside of your comfort zone, building confidence, and growing as an artist, both in his career in games and as a photographer.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Attend GDC for a behind-the-scenes peek at Baba Is You's unique design!  
by Staff [01.31.20]
The award-winning Baba Is You is a remarkable work of game design, and at GDC in March you'll have a rare opportunity to see exactly how it works and why, courtesy of the game's creator!
Indie, Design, GDC

Talking burnout, making art with Drinkbox's Gabby DaRienzo - GDC Podcast ep. 6  
by Kris Graft [01.31.20]
On the latest episode of the GDC Podcast, Drinkbox Studios sr. artist and Forbes 30 under 30 game developer Gabby DaRienzo talked about art, creativity, burnout, and of course, death.
Indie, Art, Podcast, GDC

Video: Using chance to enhance fun  
by Staff [01.30.20]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Dragon's Eye Productions' Dr. Cat discusses customized techniques for generating random numbers which are optimized for player-psychology and design intentionality.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Come to GDC to better understand the challenges of game industry unionization  
by Staff [01.30.20]
Come to GDC 2020 and see a panel conversation about recent efforts to unionize the game industry, featuring experts from Game Workers Unite and other international game worker unions!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Road to the IGF: Analgesic Productions' Anodyne 2: Return to Dust  
by Joel Couture [01.30.20]
Melos Han-Tani and Marina Ayano Kittaka, developers of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize-nominated game, chat with Gamasutra about the development companionship that fuels the ideas of Anodyne games. 
Indie, Design, Video, IGF

GDC State of the Industry: Devs torn on whether subscription services devalue games  
by Staff [01.29.20]
'Payback rates for most content creators in subscription-based models cannot justify the cost to make the products subscribers use,' writes one respondent in the GDC 2020 State of the Industry report.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

Learn to physics up your game the Landfall way at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.29.20]
From Totally Accurate Battle Simulator to Clustertruck, Swedish indie Landfall has launched a slew of successful physics-driven games, and at GDC 2020 you'll get an inside look at how they do it!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC