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The Outer Worlds, Outer Wilds, and more named Nebula Award finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.20]
This year's nominees include a handful of recent video game releases alongside nominations for novels, tabletop systems, and short stories.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Inside the design challenges of Children of Morta  
by Hamid R. Saeedy [02.20.20]
In this article, I will try to describe the design process and the various challenges we faced along the way of making Children of Morta.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

ALT.CTRL.GDC Showcase: Milk! That! Cow!  
by Joel Couture [02.19.20]
Milk! That! Cow! is a ridiculous cow-milking showdown where players need to pull udders to tap buttons, filling up a bucket which another player must collect the milk in. 
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Don't Miss: Designing mobility in Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment 6
by Staff [02.19.20]
A review of the design iteration and process that led to Specter Knight's unique mobility in Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Play these charming experimental games at the GDC 2020 Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.19.20]
The much-loved Mild Rumpus is back again with a freshly-designed space open to all GDC 2020 passholders, so stop by to relax for a bit and check out some cool games while you're at the show! 
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Video: A game dev's guide to salary negotiation  
by Staff [02.18.20]
In this 2019 GDC session Tara Brannigan, Robin Yang, and Elizabeth Sampat discuss why salary negotiation is important for your career in game development -- no matter who you are or where you start.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

The GDC 2020 schedule is now live; use it to make the most of your GDC!  
by Staff [02.18.20]
Conference organizers encourage you to take advantage of the free GDC 2020 Session Scheduler to lay out your week at the show in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate fashion.
Console/PC, Indie

Watch GDC 2020 speakers (try to) pitch you their talks -- in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.18.20]
As you're planning out your time at GDC 2020 next month, organizers want to remind you that some speakers have taken the time to make great, brief (60 seconds-ish) pitch videos for their talks! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

The state of Steam discoverability: February 2020 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.20]
Here's a new monthly rundown of digestible takeaways regarding the state of game discoverability on Steam's crowded marketplace.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: You Got Politics In My Dreams  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.15.20]
The latest highlights include the politics in games discussion re-ignited by Tim Sweeney's DICE comments, the full launch of Media Molecule's Dreams, a look at new games like Wide Ocean Big Jacket, & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Turning love into a cooperative game mechanic in Haven 1
by Aron Garst [02.14.20]
The team at Haven dev The Game Bakers set out to make a different sort of game about romance and use love, not as a goal or reward, but as a mechanic and system felt throughout every aspect of the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Designing custom hardware games Line Wobbler & Beasts of Balance  
by Staff [02.14.20]
In this 2017 GDC session, Alex Fleetwood and Robin Baumgarten discuss the development of two custom hardware games: Baumgarten's Line Wobbler, and Sensible Object's Beasts of Balance.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Untitled Goose Game comes out on top at DICE Awards 3
by Kris Graft [02.14.20]
House House's game with the horrible goose won top honors at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas Thursday night, with Control and Death Stranding also winning in multiple categories.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The raw numbers behind indie game success, from $0 to $1 million  
by Staff [02.13.20]
In this 2018 GDC session indies Richard Atlas and Tanya X. Short compare and contrast the financial strategies of their two companies, revealing differences in pay rates, burn rates, and much more!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [02.13.20]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Kine dev Gwen Frey hopes flexible scopes help devs avoid bad funding deals  
by Staff [02.13.20]
'Being able to walk away from any funding deal and still make a game you are proud of is important,' Frey says. 'I honestly think that is the key to crafting a game with a unique and personal vision.'
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Catch these insightful video game films at the 2020 GDC Film Festival!  
by Staff [02.13.20]
Across 3 days at GDC 2020 a wide range of documentaries and other filmed material based around the video game medium will be screened, and the Festival will include onstage Q&As with film-makers!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

GDC 2020 is proud to again donate passes to the Indie Giving charity!  
by Staff [02.12.20]
Every year GDC teams up with Indie Giving to help give back to people in need, and afford charitable indie devs who are willing to give their time and service an opportunity to attend GDC!
Indie, GDC

GDC 101 is the place to be if you want to learn to make the most of GDC  
by Staff [02.11.20]
Whether you're a first-time attendee or you've been coming for years, GDC is a big event, and sometimes it's nice to get a crash course in what to see and do while you're at the show! 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

And Yet it Hurt: How I made a game played in Notepad
by Gamasutra Community [02.11.20]
And yet it hurt is a game that is played entirely in Notepad. Ludum Dare-winning indie game developer Daniel Haazen explains how he made this unique game.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production