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Ico animator shows you how to create memorable, non-speaking characters at GDC!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Amata K.K. lead 3D animator Atsuko Fukuyama (who worked on Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) will join Amata K.K. animator & artist Alexis Broadhead at GDC 2019 to talk animating memorable, mute characters!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, GDC

Getting to the heart of art in the delightfully strange Art Sqool 1
by Joel Couture [02.20.19]
Art Sqool puts you in...an art school. You're assigned projects, you complete assignments, and a teacher grades your work. But the game's not as pedestrian as it may sound.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The origins and evolution of Darkest Dungeon's Affliction System 3
by Staff [02.19.19]
Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios: "We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways."
Indie, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Coal Rush  
by Joel Couture [02.19.19]
Coal Rush creates competition out of running a train, having players scoop coal, change tracks, and scare wildlife off the tracks with its locomotive controls
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Designing new, exciting places to clean up gore in Viscera Cleanup Detail's new DLC
by Jupiter Hadley [02.18.19]
The developers behind Viscera Cleanup Detail -- in which players clean up the gory remnants of violent sci-fi encounters -- talk about the design of the recent DLC, The Vulcan Affair.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, Video, IGF

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.19]
after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
Indie, Video, IGF

Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Produced for the fourth year running, these 'Flash Forward' videos are always great encapsulations of what makes GDC talks great: they're fun, lovable, and surprisingly informative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, GDC

Designing unsettling 'hidden horror' with Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team 1
by John Harris [02.15.19]
Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Concrete practices to be a better game dev leader  
by Staff [02.14.19]
At GDC 2012 Bungie's Brian Sharp gives a great talk about how to lead well by doing two things: communicating effectively and maintaining perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Road to the IGF: Polyarc's Moss  
by Joel Couture [02.14.19]
In Moss, a little mouse sets off on a grand VR adventure, the player alongside her, using their shared abilities to solve puzzles and overcome monsters that they couldn't tackle alone. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Attend GDC and get Swery's perspective on designing The Missing!  
by Staff [02.14.19]
Game designer Hidetaka "SWERY" Suehiro is coming to GDC 2019 next month discuss the design of his 2018 puzzle-platformer The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories!
Indie, Design, GDC

BOY, God of War won big at the DICE Awards
by Brandon Sheffield [02.14.19]
At the DICE Summit in Las Vegas tonight, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded game of the year to Sony Santa Monica’s God of War.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Blog: How does the future of the streamer-developer relationship look? 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.13.19]
There isn't necessarily a clear answer on how game devs can best work with streamers to promote their games. In this post, Clever Endeavour’s Richard Atlas breaks down and explores that evolving relationship.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: How to invite player creativity through game mechanics  
by Staff [02.13.19]
At GDC 2017 game designer Holly Gramazio shares a dozen different ways games can encourage player creativity, as well as some guidance on how to make your players feel comfortable being creative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Ruins Climber  
by Joel Couture [02.13.19]
Ruins Climber has players rapidly tugging on a circular rope to climb a wall, hopping from side to side to avoid hazards that dangle along their path.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Learn how machine learning can help you make better games at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.12.19]
Machine learning is changing the way we make games, and GDC 2019 the place to be if you want to better understand how ML can be applied across different disciplines to help you build better games!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

PSA: Book your GDC 2019 travel and accommodations! Soon!  
by Staff [02.12.19]
Please act fast: GDC 2019 housing partners have reserved a set number of rooms for GDC attendees to book at a discounted rate, and those reserved rooms tend to go quickly!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Wadjet Eye Games' Unavowed  
by Joel Couture [02.12.19]
Unavowed sees the player returning to their life after being possessed by a demon, and follows their decisions as they face a greater imminent darkness.
Indie, Video, IGF