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Supercell CEO, NYU Game Center director to speak at GDC 2018 Vision Track!  
by Staff [01.04.18]
GDC 2018 welcomes Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen and NYU Game Center Director Frank Lantz to speak as part of the Vision Track, a series of mini-keynotes designed to provoke and inspire GDC attendees!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Game Design Deep Dive: Bringing Arizona Sunshine to the PSVR Aim 1
by Trevor Blom [01.04.18]
Trevor Blom, technical lead at Vertigo Games details the development challenges of introducing an entire campaign mode focused around the PlayStation VR Aim controller for Arizona Sunshine.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game developer uses Crypt of the NecroDancer for proposal  
by Emma Kidwell [01.03.18]
Indie game developer Liselore Goedhart enlists the help of Crypt of the NecroDancer devs to create a custom build used for her marriage proposal.
Indie

2018 Independent Games Festival announces Main Competition finalists!  
by Staff [01.03.18]
The 2018 Independent Games Festival juries have announced finalists for the world's leading indie games showcase, including games like Baba Is You, Night in the Woods, and many more!
Indie, IGF

Q&A: Applying cubism and minimalism to game design in AER: Memories of Old  
by John Harris [01.03.18]
Gamasutra discusses unexpected sources of inspiration and the challenges of indie marketing with the director of the striking indie game AER: Memories of Old.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video

1979 Revolution: Black Friday named Facebook Game of the Year  
by Alissa McAloon [01.02.18]
Facebook has named its picks for the best games of 2017 to appear on its social video game platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Best Wolpaw Of The Year  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.01.18]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts highlights include innumerable 'best of the year' countdowns - from VR games to mobile titles to, uh, Eric Wolpaw's vegan juice cuts, and loads more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious

Level Design Deep Dive: Making an I Expect You To Die VR puzzle level on a budget  
by Shawn Patton [01.01.18]
"The expensive part of creating levels was iteration time. Finding the puzzle difficulty balance while keeping things interesting requires lots of tweaking. Could we do it with a smaller team on a tighter timeline?"
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Deep Dive

Gamasutra's Best of 2017: Brandon Sheffield's all-time top 10 games hidden in other games 3
by Brandon Sheffield [12.29.17]
"I’m talking about games tucked away within published games. Specifically I’m interested in games that have little to nothing to do with the games they’re hidden in."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game devs around the world share their New Year's resolutions 1
by Staff [12.29.17]
2018 is nearly upon us, so what are game devs planning for the year ahead? To make games, of course, but also lots of other interesting things -- read on to find out what!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

PSA: Unity Student Scholarship for GDC 2018 submissions close this Sunday  
by Staff [12.28.17]
Don't forget that the deadline to submit your Unity project and potentially win a pass to GDC 2018 is this Sunday, December 31, 2017. There is no application cost!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Come and level up your VFX coding skills at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [12.28.17]
At GDC 2018 veteran dev Christina Coffin will show you how particle emitting surfaces and shaders can transfer material attributes and other properties to various spawned particle types!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Best of 2017: 20 things I've learned about game development 31
by Gamasutra Community [12.28.17]
Thinking about what it means to be over fifty in game development prompted me to make a list of what I consider the twenty most important things I've learned over the years.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How Bomber Crew's devs found outsized success with a permadeath flight crew sim  
by Joel Couture [12.28.17]
"Our approach has always been ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’," says Runner Duck's Dave Miller while reflecting on the development of its surprisingly successful WWII bomber crew sim.
Indie, Design

Best of 2017: Meaning and choice, or how to design decisions that feel intimately difficult 17
by Gamasutra Community [12.27.17]
Kuba Stokalski, lead designer at 11 bit Studios, explores the conflict at the heart of many choices in This War of Mine - and examines how it can be used in other contexts.
Indie, Design

Reminder: Submit your game to the Unity 3D Game Art Challenge at GDC 2018  
by Staff [12.27.17]
GDC and Unity have partnered to curate/host a 3D art contest for games using Unity, and the 12 winners will be showcased at GDC 2018! The deadline to enter is this Sunday, December 31st!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Learn to better critique game projects at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [12.26.17]
As part of the GDC 2018 Educators Summit, Carnegie Mellon's Jessica Hammer and Broken Rules' Martin Pichlmair will explain how you can more effectively critique games and game projects. 
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: That HQ Donut County Trivia  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.24.17]
This installment of Video Game Deep Cuts includes a look at indie standout Donut County, the potential dystopia behind HQ Trivia, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Take a look at the early design notes that led to Rogue Legacy  
by Alissa McAloon [12.22.17]
"These aren’t your standard design notes," warns creative designer Teddy Lee. "Not only are they barely legible, but these are much, much lamer."
Indie, Design

Even if a game 'makes it', frugality is the best strategy, says Ultimate Chicken Horse dev  
by Alissa McAloon [12.22.17]
"We didn't immediately spend our cash on a fancy new penthouse office or immediately hire 15 people to start pumping out titles. We continued working the way we did before we had money."
Indie, Business/Marketing