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Video: Designing Headliner to teach players about media manipulation  
by Staff [06.09.20]
In a GDC 2020 virtual talk Jakub Kasztalski explains how to use Google and Facebook to find issues important to players to create relevant narratives in games like his media bias adventure Headliner.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Game Discoverabilityland: The Summer Of Games 2
by Simon Carless [06.09.20]
A look at the upcoming Steam Summer Festival for unreleased games, more on Switch and PS4's editorial highlighting, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Red Candle Games' Devotion is getting a relaunch (in Taiwan)  
by Alissa McAloon [06.08.20]
Red Candle Games' 2019 horror game Devotion is moving closer to a rerelease after a storm of online controversy caused the dev to pull the game from sale early last year. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation  
by Bryant Francis [06.08.20]
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Itchio's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has raised $2.4M with one week left to go 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.08.20]
So far, the bundle has raised nearly half of its $5 million goal, with an average contribution of $11.45 across 213,400 or so contributors. 
Console/PC, Indie

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valorant Rants, Skelattack... Attacks?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.05.20]
From a new Konami indie publishing initiative (Skelattack) to the release of Riot's much-hyped Valorant, plenty to talk about this week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Steam's wishlist conversions - how hot are yours? 3
by Simon Carless [06.04.20]
Over the last couple of weeks, a few devs have been going public with various intriguing detailed Steam wishlist conversion stats. How do you lineup?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: Designing the Super Mario Maker-inspired I Wanna Maker  
by Patrick Traynor [06.04.20]
I Wanna Maker is a precision platformer with a robust level editor and online level sharing, based on the I Wanna Be The Guy fangames. Developer Patrick Traynor explains what went into making this Super Mario Maker-inspired gem.
Indie, Design

Take-Two tried to poach entire Kerbal 2 dev team as it cancelled deal with their studio 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.03.20]
Bloomberg takes aim at Take-Two Interactive for cancelling a contract with the new defunct studio Star Theory mid-development while simultaneously offering jobs at Take-Two to the game's entire team.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Indie advocate Kirk Scott departs Nintendo of America  
by Alissa McAloon [06.03.20]
Kirk Scott, Nintendo of America's third-party developer and publisher relations manager, is stepping down from the role he's held since 2015 and departing Nintendo of America as a whole.
Console/PC, Indie

10 quick store page improvements to get your game ready for the Steam Summer Sale 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
Steam's summer and winter sales drive the most post-launch purchases of your game. Is your page ready for all this traffic?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble is putting $1 million toward publishing games from Black game devs
by Alissa McAloon [06.02.20]
While many companies are voicing support during these turbulent times, a few are using their platform and resources to help Black people, communities, and organizations in both the short and long term.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Go behind the scenes of Astroneer's big crafting overhaul at GDC Summer!  
by Staff [06.01.20]
It's never been more important for game makers to understand the nuances of updating live games, and at GDC Summer the Astroneer team will offer their own lessons learned on how to do it gracefully.
Indie, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Shantae's Epic Poly Bridge Kombat Life  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.20]
Looking at new releases including a Poly Bridge & Shantae sequel, Sludge Life, Robocop in Mortal Kombat, & lots more interesting links.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Welcome to the Summer of Indie Games Direct  
by Simon Carless [05.27.20]
Well, COVID-19 & the cancellation of E3 2020 has left a big hole in the summer game announcement schedule. To be replaced by... indie game showcases!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We're At 1
by Gamasutra Staff [05.26.20]
Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We're At
Indie, Design

Dreaming Spires: Dynamic narrative, layer by layer 2
by Kris Graft [05.25.20]
Jon Ingold of Inkle goes in-depth on the studio's upcoming game Pendragon, which ties a dynamic narrative engine to a chess-like strategy game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train 2
by Gamasutra Staff [05.24.20]
The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo cartridges, and a unique new FMV game based around delivery driving, among others!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Democratizing real-time filmmaking techniques for indie devs  
by Staff [05.20.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Glassbox's Norman Wang breaks down what it will take to democratize real-time VFX and virtual production tools for all levels of content creators -- including indie devs.
Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: The hidden Switch demo upside & more discoverability tricks  
by Simon Carless [05.20.20]
Why having a Switch demo may have hidden advantages, even more great trending information from SteamDB, and a host of other useful info for those looking to get their game seen.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing