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Developers share their most memorable dirty coding tricks 8
by Brandon Sheffield [11.29.17]
We’ve gathered unusual solutions to unusual problems from resourceful coders across the industry. Delight at their ingenuity, marvel at their audaciousness, and learn from their mistakes.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Video: All the cool prototypes shown at 2017's Experimental Gameplay Workshop  
by Staff [11.28.17]
At GDC 2017 a remarkable array of game makers gathers to showcase their innovative, offbeat, or just plain weird and wondrous game prototypes at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Come to GDC 2018 for expert advice on porting your game to consoles  
by Staff [11.28.17]
PlayEveryWare director Thomas O'Connor knows a lot about porting games, and at GDC 2018 he'll share what he's learned so indie devs can make better decisions about shipping games on consoles.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Game Design Deep Dive: The Spinning Plates approach of Bomber Crew 1
by Dave Miller [11.28.17]
"The intention was to keep the focus on the decisions made by the player both before and during the missions, rather than simply relying on the player’s skill in a particular mechanic."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Video: How saying 'no' can help you make a better game  
by Staff [11.27.17]
At GDC 2016, Oculus' Ruth Tomandl reminds fellow devs that, as John Carmack says, focus is a matter of deciding what you're not going to do -- and gives a great talk about how and when to say no.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: HAL In The Clouds, Monster-Free  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.26.17]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts includes a look at HAL Laboratory's last self-published title, a poke at a famous game artwork's use of Mario's clouds, and how SOMA's patch allows you to play sans monsters. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Portraying migrants' struggles via cellphones in Bury Me, My Love  
by Joel Couture [11.23.17]
"The vast majority of migrants have smartphones. We felt the best way to tell the story we wanted to tell efficiently was to mimic the device they use and the way they use it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video

Come to GDC 2018 and hear how sounds tell stories in Night in the Woods  
by Staff [11.21.17]
Come to GDC 2018 next March, because sound designer Em Halberstadt will be there to deliver a neat talk about "How Sound Tells the Story of 'Night in the Woods.'"
Indie, Audio

Pitch your offbeat prototypes to the GDC 2018 Experimental Gameplay Workshop!  
by Staff [11.21.17]
The mad geniuses behind the Experimental Gameplay Workshop have issued their call for submissions of intriguing new (and playable!) video game prototypes for the GDC 2018 showcase!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Tiny Metal director accused of funding game with money from another Kickstarter 3
by Alex Wawro [11.20.17]
The accusation comes from game maker Tariq Lacy, who took recently to the social media accounts for unreleased game Project Phoenix to post a claim that Tiny Metal was being made with Phoenix money.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Opinion: South Australia's $2 million AUD investment in game devs  
by Katherine Cross [11.20.17]
"The South Australian government are finally taking the game industry seriously. It's a sector that is a natural fit for region's incredible arts culture and it's strength in tech.”
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

IGF 2018 debuts juries for Narrative, Nuovo, and Visual Art awards  
by Staff [11.20.17]
To recognize their contributions to the process, organizers would like to celebrate those who have volunteered their time and talent to take part in judging for a few of the IGF 2018 awards.
Indie, Art, Design, IGF

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Need For Soderbergh's PlayerUnknown 2
by Gamasutra Staff [11.19.17]
The best longform articles & podcasts of the week include a look at Need For Speed's monetization, Steven Soderbergh's new interactive film project, and a podcast talking to Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Devs sound off on the 2017 Indie Soapbox  
by Staff [11.17.17]
In the course of an hour ten indie devs from around the industry take the stage at GDC 2017 to share what's on their mind, tackling everything from taste (get some!) to self-care to indie rockers.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leads Golden Joystick award winners  
by Alissa McAloon [11.17.17]
Nintendo's open world Zelda title walked away with four awards during the show, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Cuphead, and Horizon Zero Dawn following close behind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: How to put out fires and stay creative as a game writer  
by Staff [11.16.17]
At GDC 2017 writers George Ziets, Leanne Taylor-Giles, Chris Avellone, Colin McComb, and Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie discuss the ins and outs of being a writer in games, from AAA to indie to tabletop.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Rendering the mud and water of Spintires:MudRunner 8
by Pavel Zagrebelnyy [11.16.17]
Here we present technical details behind rendering of mud and water in Spintires:MudRunner, a driving simulation game, developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Video: How architectural design can help you build better levels  
by Staff [11.15.17]
At GDC 2016's Level Design Workshop, trained architect and game maker Claire Hosking gave a great talk about how architectural design principles can help level designers achieve their goals.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

The making of 20XX: Listening well and lucking out 7
by Chris King [11.15.17]
We developed 20XX over the course of 4 years, most of which ended up being public via Early Access. We talk about the game's timeline, lessons learned, and how competition affected our development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a Hitman TV series 1
by Alex Wawro [11.14.17]
The team behind last year's episodic hit-'em-up Hitman have confirmed they've cut a deal with Fox 21 and Hulu to produce a television series based on the game.
Indie, Business/Marketing