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Gamasutra Asks: What to make of Nintendo Labo? 1
by Alex Wawro [01.22.18]
Real talk: What's Nintendo trying to achieve by releasing DIY cardboard accessories for the Switch? How might it shape the course of game dev? What does this mean for Switch devs outside Nintendo?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Labo On A Police Quest? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [01.21.18]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts includes what certain editors think of Nintendo's Labo accessory for the Switch, a masterful look at the making of Sierra's incendiary Police Quest IV, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Inside the 4-year development of Stardew Valley 49
by Chris Baker [01.19.18]
In this classic feature, dev Eric Barone reflects on his 4 years of 70-hour weeks to make Stardew Valley. "You should be free to work yourself to the bone, but not to force someone else to do that."
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Blog: A data-driven look at the rising cost of game dev 20
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.18]
"[Looking] at costs & costs per byte for the window of 1985 to 2005," writes Raph Koster. "Game size went up by 122 times, costs rose by 22x, & therefore we got 6x more efficient at creating content."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

New Oculus Start program aims to provide support for new VR devs  
by Emma Kidwell [01.18.18]
Oculus announced today the launch of Oculus Start, a developer program aimed at providing funding, access to hardware/software, and support to help jumpstart qualifying devs who are new to VR.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: A look at the tabletop RPG that inspired Darkest Dungeon  
by Staff [01.18.18]
Like Darkest Dungeon, Torchbearer is a love-letter to the 1st Edition D&D dungeon crawl. But each goes a step further in emphasizing scarcity, and the grittier aspects of dungeon-delving.
Indie, Design

How Shooty Skies dev Mighty Games aims to do serious games right 1
by Katherine Cross [01.18.18]
Contributor Katherine Cross chats with the team at Australian indie Mighty Games about their new serious games branch, Mighty Serious, and the ethics of making F2P games about real-world issues.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

Learn to build better, more accessible games for PC and VR at GDC 2018  
by Staff [01.18.18]
Funomena chief Robin Hunicke will take the stage at GDC 2018 to share tips on making games for both PC and VR, based on Funomena's own experience shipping Luna on both VR and non-VR platforms,
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Behind the minimalistic visual design of Mini Metro  
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.18]
In this 2017 GDC session, Mini Metro developer Jamie Churchman examines how visual design and user interface decisions play a role in creating a gratifying experience for the player in Mini Metro.
Indie, Video

How audio and visual effects sell combat in The Signal From Tölva  
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.18]
Founder of studio Big Robot Jim Rossignol discusses how bright visual effects and sci-fi sound clips contributed to enhancing how it feels to shoot guns in The Signal From Tölva.
Indie, Design

Sharpen your level design skills at the GDC 2018 Level Design Workshop!  
by Staff [01.17.18]
From Uncharted to Tacoma and more are all featured in the all-star lineup of talks taking place at this year's GDC Level Design Workshop!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

7 notable puzzle-platformers every dev should study 3
by Richard Moss [01.17.18]
The puzzle-platformer (a popular contradiction!) remains a difficult genre to do well, an important one to explore, and a crowded one to enter. Here are 7 examples of games that do all three well.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't skip the smorgasbord of great talks at GDC 2018's Indie Games Summit!  
by Staff [01.16.18]
It's 2 months 'til GDC 2018, so organizers want to highlight some great Indie Games Summit talks on everything from portraying death in games to what's involved with porting your game.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Adding depth to 2D with hand-drawn normal maps in The Siege and the Sandfox 4
by Jay Allen [01.16.18]
Gamasutra speaks with Cardboard Sword artist Keith Duke-Cox about hand-drawing normal maps to add a sense of visual depth to their 2D platformer, The Siege and the Sandfox.
Indie, Art

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating the 'spherical narrative' in The Invisible Hours 3
by Rob Yescombe [01.15.18]
"VR feels like a mansion full of unopened doors. And behind one of those doors is an undiscovered language of storytelling; an entirely new narrative structure specific to VR."
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Video Game Deep Cuts: Getting Over Desert Golf's Loot Boxes  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.14.18]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts looks at how Bennett Foddy Got Over It, the crazy new(ish) ending for Desert Golf, and some (slightly) nicer loot box implementations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The state of game development in Africa 4
by Richard Moss [01.12.18]
In this timeless feature, local devs dream of African heroes and mythical beings embraced by people around the world — whatever their ethnicity — in the same way they've embraced the likes of Thor.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Horizon Zero Dawn and PUBG among top 2018 D.I.C.E. Award noms  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.18]
All in all, 68 games have been nominated for this year’s event including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Gorogoa, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Join us at 3PM EST as we make predictions for the game industry in 2018  
by Bryant Francis [01.12.18]
The Gamasutra editorial team will be making (ill-advised) predictions over on our Twitch channel at 3PM EST.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Frog Fractions 2 ARG at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.12.18]
Writer Justin Bortnick played a key role in orchestrating the Frog Fractions 2 ARG, and at GDC 2018 he plans to reveal the mysteries behind the beloved (and notorious) alternate-reality experience.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC