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The GDC Film Festival returns for GDC 2020 -- submit your film today!  
by Staff [10.30.19]
Heads up, film-makers: The 2020 Game Developers Conference will play host to the third annual GDC Film Festival, and you have until Friday, December 6th to submit your work for potential inclusion!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Deep Dive: Inside the narrative design and 'multiple middles' of Mutazione 1
by Hannah Nicklin [10.30.19]
In this nuanced look at game storytelling Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin walks you through how she joined up with the Mutazione crew to flesh out and build the narratives of this mutant soap opera.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Video: Have Laptop, Will Telecommute: Working globally as a game dev  
by Staff [10.29.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel devs Alexandra M. Lucas, Heidi McDonald, Michelle Clough, Toiya Kristen Finley & Patrick Coursey share advice on working remote internationally, covering taxes, visas, & more!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The six year journey to Donut County  
by Staff [10.28.19]
Ben Esposito spent six years of his life making a wonderful game about a hole that eats up a California county -- and he learned a lot along the way.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Lightning-fast game design lessons from the GDC 2019 Microtalks  
by Staff [10.28.19]
At GDC 2019 expert speakers get 20 slides apiece (each of which is displayed for 16 seconds before auto-advancing) to help them share a piece of game design wisdom -- in 5 minutes 20 seconds or less!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't overlook your GDC 2020 scholarship opportunities!  
by Staff [10.28.19]
Want to attend GDC 2020? Check out the GDC scholarship partners list, where you'll find links to each program as they're announced as well as further details on other low-cost ways of attending GDC.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sponsored: Learn how to effectively manage chargebacks and refunds  
by Xsolla [10.28.19]
Chargebacks and refunds are overlooked costs of video game business that occur after you’ve made a sale. Learn how to effectively manage these costs and lower operational expenses with this free e-book.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Worlds Of Game Addiction 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.27.19]
This week's highlights include a couple of pieces on the hotly awaited The Outer Worlds, and a gratifyingly complex New York Times magazine piece on the nature of game addiction - or indeed, any addiction.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to plan for performance and scale for multiplayer games in a free webinar  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Learn about the pros and cons of different infrastructure implementations, and tactics to employ to maximize performance and minimize cost in this one-hour webinar!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Now's the time: Apply to be a GDC 2020 Conference Associate!  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Consider applying now to be a volunteer Conference Associate (CA), because you can earn the equivalent of an All-Access Pass by putting in roughly 25 hours of (paid) on-site work!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Don't Miss: The tricky design problem of Soma's memorable monsters 2
by Kris Graft [10.24.19]
Mechanical and strict, or random and fuzzy? Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip shares his approach to creating the unique monsters of existential nightmare, Soma.
Indie, Design

Designing interesting and informative conversations in Heaven's Vault 2
by Jon Ingold [10.24.19]
Conversations should be dramatic, but maybe the player wants to just get some answers. How do you design a scene to balance both character and gameplay?
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Curating the Victoria & Albert Museum's video game exhibition  
by Staff [10.23.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Marie Foulston discusses the conception and execution of a novel museum exhibition aimed at defining a new curatorial language for the video game medium.
Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

Video: How to lead a healthier, more effective game dev team  
by Staff [10.22.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, CheckPoint's Jennifer Hazel discusses different models of workplace psychology and how understanding them can help game devs build healthier, more effective working habits.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Outer Wilds piques curiosity in an ambivalent solar system 1
by Kris Graft [10.22.19]
Outer Wilds is a game whose universe makes you feel small - like a cog in a gargantuan wind-up clock. It's a universe that's ambivalent to your existence; one that shrugs at your presence and absence alike.
Indie, Design

GDC YouTube Top 5: No More Robots' Mike Rose  
by Kris Graft [10.22.19]
In this monthly series we invite brilliant people from the game industry to curate their top 5 videos from the GDC YouTube archive. This month: Mike Rose of Hypnospace Outlaw publisher No More Robots.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Paring down the elegant control scheme of Sayonara Wild Hearts  
by Diego Arguello [10.22.19]
Simon Flesser of Simogo outlines how his team kept controls simple, and resisted the temptation of over-complication, when designing the controls of the gorgeous action game Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: 7 influential immersive sims that all devs should play 5
by Richard Moss [10.21.19]
Gamasutra checks in with some devs from around the industry to highlight some key games in the genre that all developers should study, in an effort to understand the strengths of the immersive sim.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite's End In Jedi's Order 2
by Gamasutra Staff [10.19.19]
This week's highlights include the end (and resurrection) of Fortnite, an early look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, plus games from Manifold Garden to Killer Queen Black & Disco Elysium.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Don't Miss: My Friend Pedro's journey from Flash cult hit to indie success 2
by Cian Maher [10.18.19]
"The game grew very organically and it was all about discovering as I went along," creator Victor Agren explains in this inside look at how My Friend Pedro went from Flash cult hit to indie success.
Indie