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The 12 principles of animation in video games  
by Jonathan Cooper [05.13.19]
In this chapter of his book "Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained" Jonathan Cooper lays out the 12 principles of animation and how they're applied in games like Cuphead or Shadow of the Colossus.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Yuppie Psycho, Thomas The Tank Engine  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.19]
This week's roundup includes the odd & striking Yuppie Psycho, an exploration of why Thomas The Tank Engine keeps getting modded into so many games, plus looks at Mordhau, Sable, Vader Immortal & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A behind-the-scenes look at how Subnautica was made  
by Staff [05.10.19]
In this insightful GDC 2019 postmortem Unknown Worlds Entertainment's Jonas Boetel explains how open development saved the studio's hit underwater survival game Subnautica.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Fig Open Access offers devs an 'open-ended' crowdfunding option  
by Alissa McAloon [05.09.19]
The equity crowdfunding platform Fig has launched a new milestone based funding system for developers that choose to launch games through its service.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

How hit crafting game Forager happily handles thousands of instances 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.09.19]
Gabe "lazyeye" Weiner, lead programmer on hit crafting and exploration game Forager, explains how he optimized a GameMaker game that could have thousands of active instances at any given moment.
Indie, Programming

Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by John Harris [05.08.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: Frog Detective Game dev shares tips for creating great comedy games  
by Staff [05.07.19]
Using examples from development of Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game, this GDC 2019 talk from dev Grace Bruxner focuses on the process of creating comedy games.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Exploring familiarity in level design  
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Artist and designer Mateusz Piaskiewicz discuss how developers can harness positive memories and experiences by injecting the level design concept of familiarity into their design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown  
by Laura Saada [05.07.19]
Laura Saada with mobile publisher Playdigious dives deep into the harrowing process of bringing a frenetic button-centric "roguevania" to touchscreen devices.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Tips for finding and working with a publisher  
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Signing with a publisher is a step that shouldn't be taken lightly. It's important to ask yourself the right questions and to set up realistic expectations.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Designing SteamWorld Quest's card-based battle system  
by Kris Graft [05.06.19]
Game director Peter Johansson and lead game designer Robert Olsén​ deconstruct the design of Hand of Gilgamech's fun, accessible card battle system and reflect on what makes a good deckbuilding game.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Type Dreams, Death Punch Nightmares  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.05.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Cart Life creator's Victorian typing follow-up, the primal rage of One Finger Death Punch 2, developer pets in video games & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Legal experts discuss the law's impact on game dev in 2019 1
by Staff [05.02.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk a panel of legal experts discusses how legal developments in emulation, privacy, and more impact your work as a game maker.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Subset Games designed Into the Breach 1
by Staff [04.30.19]
At GDC 2019, Subset Games co-founder Matthew Davis details the Into the Breach design process from early drafts to the final balancing decisions (and how they came up with that great UI!)
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Breaking down Plague Inc: The Board Game's sales data, commercial performance 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.30.19]
James Vaughan, creator of the massive hit Plague Inc., shares data from the first few years of selling Plague Inc: The Board Game, and offers key takeaways for other designers heading into the board game market.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How the developer of Dig Dog learned to make games without using his hands 1
by Staff [04.29.19]
Longtime game dev Rusty Moyher chats with Gamasutra about exactly how (and why) he created his new game Dig Dog almost entirely without using his hands due to severe RSI.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why you should put your name on your indie game  
by Staff [04.24.19]
Experienced indies Zach Gage & Bennett Foddy take the stage at GDC 2019 last month to discuss why indie game makers are one of the few craftspeople to not sign their work, and why that should change.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers 20
by Staff [04.24.19]
In this 2015 feature, a number of developers share their experiences working on some of the gorier aspects of game development and reflect on how that work affected them.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: Maintaining tension in Nex Machina 1
by Staff [04.22.19]
"We needed to cut as much of excess fat as possible and figure out what was really necessary to get the feeling you are on the "knife's edge"." - Henri Mustonen, Senior Level Designer at Housemarque.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production