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Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Neon Nemesis  
by Joel Couture [01.23.19]
Neon Nemesis appears to be a four-player arcade game, but a hidden fifth player will make mayhem for the others using a lair filled with traps and deadly mechanisms.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

How the Distraint series stands out in the crowded horror genre
by Steven T. Wright [01.23.19]
One-man studio Jesse Makkonen explains how he was able to get his horror game to stand out in a market that is flooded with genre competitors.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

My Time at Portia devs compensate voice actors for unpaid wages
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.19]
Pathea Games, developer behind the role-playing game My Time at Portia, has come under fire over reportedly withholding payments to its voice actors for several months. 
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn new and exciting ways to use AI in game dev at GDC 2019  
by Staff [01.22.19]
From an in-depth look at Ubisoft's AI-powered chatbot for players to AI-driven benchmarking systems and how AI can improve speech recognition in your game, GDC 2019 is packed with intriguing AI talks!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle  
by Joel Couture [01.22.19]
Seers Isle is a visual novel that explores player agency in the genre, casting them as an invisible character who must use choice to change her fate.
Indie, Video, IGF

Hey devs, submissions are now open for Day of the Devs at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Double Fine and iam8bit's popular indie game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want their games to be a part of it!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Follow dozens of indie Q&As in our Road to the IGF series!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
The developers behind this year's IGF nominated games share the tools and inspirations behind each of their creations in the weeks leading up to the 2019 awards.
Indie

See Tetsuya Mizuguchi discuss making Tetris Effect at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Alongside fellow producer Mark MacDonald and Tetris Effect director Takashi Ishihara, Mizuguchi will walk you through the game's production journey and share lessons learned along the way!
Indie, Audio, Design, GDC

Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad  
by Joel Couture [01.22.19]
levedad is an autobiographical game of long-exposure photography, but one that asks the player to bring their own personal meaning to the places and things they choose to capture in their lens.
Indie, Video, IGF

CI Games establishes United Label, a new publishing label dedicated to indies  
by Emma Kidwell [01.21.19]
Sniper Ghost Warrior and The Lords of the Fallen developer-publisher CI Games has announced the creation of United Label, an all new publishing label dedicated to indie developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Advanced UX Prototyping: Next Gen Prototyping for Games & Apps  
by Staff [01.21.19]
Om Tandon lays out the various stages of prototyping for games and mobile apps.
Indie, Programming

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A postmortem of DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 7
by Staff [01.18.19]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Greg Lobanov's Wandersong  
by Joel Couture [01.18.19]
Singing is the only way to interact with the people and puzzles of Wandersong, tasking players with using their voice to improve the lives of those they meet.
Indie, Video, IGF

GDC 2019 offers a full day of cutting-edge machine learning talks!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
At GDC 2019 in March and you'll have the chance to spend a full day learning from some of the best and brightest in the game industry at the brand new, cutting-edge GDC 2019 Machine Learning Tutorial!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, GDC

A closer look at the deck-building hack-and-slash success, Book of Demons
by John Harris [01.18.19]
Book of Demons is an unlikely marriage of hack-and-slash and deck-building mechanics. Polish studio Thing Trunk was able to not just make it work, but make it an indie Steam success.
Indie, Design, Video

Attend GDC 2019 for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Florence!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Mountains creative director Ken Wong returns to GDC this year to show you how the studio's critically-acclaimed debut mobile game was made.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Ian Lilley's Mirror Drop  
by Joel Couture [01.17.19]
Mirror Drop takes players to a puzzling world of endless mirrors and reflections, creating a dizzying realm of repeating visions and colors into infinity.
Indie, Video, IGF

Examining the relationship between a studio's survival and success  
by Alissa McAloon [01.16.19]
"Don't emulate your heroes without a thorough analysis of benefits they might have that you don't."
Indie, Production

GDC 2019 offers a wealth of UI/UX talks to help you build better games!  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Good UI/UX is key: No matter how great your game is, people won't play it if it's a pain to learn and play. So come to GDC 2019 and learn useful UI/UX design strategies from the best in the business!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, GDC