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Attend GDC for key community management lessons from the Dwarf Fortress team!  
by Staff [12.27.19]
Game Developers Conference organizers have confirmed that GDC 2020 will play host to a unique talk about the care and cultivation of the amazing Dwarf Fortress community!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Watch GDC Play devs practice pitching their games at GDC Pitch 2020!  
by Staff [12.26.19]
GDC 2020 will again host GDC Pitch, a live event in which 10 GDC Play dev teams practice pitching their game in front of a live audience! Sign up now to pitch your game, or register for GDC to attend!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Every major older version of Dead Cells is now preserved and playable on Steam 2
by Alissa McAloon [12.23.19]
Motion Twin's latest update to the Steam version of Dead Cells gives its players the option to roll back their game to any major iteration of Dead Cells, all the way back to its early access days.
Console/PC, Indie

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Katherine Cross' Top 5 Games  
by Katherine Cross [12.23.19]
Video games had an incredibly strong year, casting a bright spotlight on some genuine artistic beauty amidst a burning world.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: 2019's Best Best Best Best & Other Animals  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.21.19]
The latest highlights include yet more best-of lists, both for 2019 and for the whole decade - as well as neat pieces on hypercasual, Trico, video game cookbooks, creepy collectibles, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2019: Big game, small team, no crunch - Behind the success of Outward 15
by Bryant Francis, Kris Graft [12.20.19]
Nine Dots CEO Guillaume Boucher-Vidal discusses the ruthlessly efficient, crunch-free development on the sprawling open world RPG Outward -- and drops some big opinions on the old catchphrase "find the fun."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Panic will ship Playdate preview units to curious devs ahead of full launch  
by Alissa McAloon [12.20.19]
Panic now aims to sell developer preview units ahead of the Playdate's full launch, giving a small slice of developers a bit of a jump on any Playdate-focused projects they've got in mind.
Console/PC, Indie

Come to GDC for fresh insights on exploring sex and emotions through game design  
by Staff [12.20.19]
At GDC 2020 a panel of seasoned game makers from around the industry will discuss how and why they focus on these types of games in spite of the many challenges that come their way.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

4 events that shook up the game industry in 2019 1
by Alex Wawro [12.20.19]
From the Riot walkout to Activision Blizzard's big layoffs, Gamasutra looks back and reflects on some of the more impactful events to happen in the game industry during 2019.
Console/PC, Indie

Indie game marketing tips with Failbetter's Hannah Flynn - GDC Podcast ep. 5  
by Kris Graft [12.19.19]
Hannah Flynn has overseen the marketing of successful games like Fallen London, Sunless Sea, and Sunless Skies as communications director at London-based Failbetter Games. She shares her marketing tips on the latest GDC Podcast.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Video: Networking etiquette for today's game industry professional  
by Staff [12.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Polytundra's Jarryd Huntley dives into the complex art of professional networking, with tips for aspiring developers looking to make professional connections.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

See the 4D level design of Outer Wilds deconstructed at GDC 2020! 1
by Staff [12.18.19]
Developer Mobius Digital will be at the Game Developers Conference in March to show you exactly how the game was designed!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Alex Wawro's Top 5 Games 1
by Alex Wawro [12.18.19]
The game industry shipped a ton of great games in 2019; here are five! Two of them have at least a little to do with feelings, but three have cool guns, so hopefully it all evens out in the end.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC YouTube Top 5: Wooga's Jana Sloan van Geest  
by Kris Graft [12.17.19]
For December, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Jana Sloan van Geest, senior game writer at Berlin, Germany-based studio Wooga and writer on Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Inside the UX of onboarding and player engagement  
by Staff [12.16.19]
In this 2016 GDC session, UX researcher Celia Hodent cover the common onboarding pitfalls in game design, provide guidelines and discusses best practices with examples from games like Fortnite.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Writing great characters with Indivisible lead writer Brandon Sheffield  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Brandon Sheffield is lead writer on Lab Zero's excellent action RPG platformer Indivisible. Find out how he injects humor, emotions, and personality into Indivisible's dozens of characters.
Indie, Production

Sekiro claims GOTY, but Disco Elysium leads The Game Awards winners  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.19]
This year’s edition of The Game Awards wrapped up last night, offering up a slew of new reveals (including an official Xbox Series X debut) and several award announcement to the masses.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Come to GDC and see how Untitled Goose Game's levels were scouted!  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Join the rest of the game industry at GDC 2020 and learn how one of the Untitled Goose Game devs applied his filmmaking background in a unique way to scout locations for game levels!
Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Designing efficient, effective branching narratives for games  
by Staff [12.12.19]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Cassie Phillipps offers a crash course on how to create meaningful story branches without making narratives that are convoluted, confusing or shallow.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault