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Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Art Design Deep Dive: The gorgeous voxel creatures of Fugl 1
by Marco Peschiera [05.15.19]
Marco Peschiera, art director on the upcoming free-roaming sandbox game Fugl, explains the method of modeling and animating beautiful voxel creatures.
Indie, Art, Video

Video: The making of Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2  
by Staff [05.14.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Larian Studios' Swen Vincke takes a look at all the strategies employed to make Divinity: Original Sin 2 a better game than Divinity: Original Sin, and how they worked out.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

When grinding is fun: Forager's compelling approach to 'idle game' design 1
by Jupiter Hadley, Kris Graft [05.14.19]
Mariano "Hopfrog" Cavallero's hit Steam game Forager mashes adventure and crafting elements with the relaxing appeal of idle games. Here's how he made Forager an "idle game that you want to actively keep playing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

The 12 principles of animation in video games  
by Jonathan Cooper [05.13.19]
In this chapter of his book "Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained" Jonathan Cooper lays out the 12 principles of animation and how they're applied in games like Cuphead or Shadow of the Colossus.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Yuppie Psycho, Thomas The Tank Engine  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.19]
This week's roundup includes the odd & striking Yuppie Psycho, an exploration of why Thomas The Tank Engine keeps getting modded into so many games, plus looks at Mordhau, Sable, Vader Immortal & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A behind-the-scenes look at how Subnautica was made  
by Staff [05.10.19]
In this insightful GDC 2019 postmortem Unknown Worlds Entertainment's Jonas Boetel explains how open development saved the studio's hit underwater survival game Subnautica.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Fig Open Access offers devs an 'open-ended' crowdfunding option  
by Alissa McAloon [05.09.19]
The equity crowdfunding platform Fig has launched a new milestone based funding system for developers that choose to launch games through its service.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

How hit crafting game Forager happily handles thousands of instances 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.09.19]
Gabe "lazyeye" Weiner, lead programmer on hit crafting and exploration game Forager, explains how he optimized a GameMaker game that could have thousands of active instances at any given moment.
Indie, Programming

Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by John Harris [05.08.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: Frog Detective Game dev shares tips for creating great comedy games  
by Staff [05.07.19]
Using examples from development of Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game, this GDC 2019 talk from dev Grace Bruxner focuses on the process of creating comedy games.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Exploring familiarity in level design 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Artist and designer Mateusz Piaskiewicz discuss how developers can harness positive memories and experiences by injecting the level design concept of familiarity into their design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown  
by Laura Saada [05.07.19]
Laura Saada with mobile publisher Playdigious dives deep into the harrowing process of bringing a frenetic button-centric "roguevania" to touchscreen devices.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Tips for finding and working with a publisher  
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Signing with a publisher is a step that shouldn't be taken lightly. It's important to ask yourself the right questions and to set up realistic expectations.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Designing SteamWorld Quest's card-based battle system  
by Kris Graft [05.06.19]
Game director Peter Johansson and lead game designer Robert Olsén​ deconstruct the design of Hand of Gilgamech's fun, accessible card battle system and reflect on what makes a good deckbuilding game.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Type Dreams, Death Punch Nightmares  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.05.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Cart Life creator's Victorian typing follow-up, the primal rage of One Finger Death Punch 2, developer pets in video games & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Legal experts discuss the law's impact on game dev in 2019 1
by Staff [05.02.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk a panel of legal experts discusses how legal developments in emulation, privacy, and more impact your work as a game maker.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Subset Games designed Into the Breach 1
by Staff [04.30.19]
At GDC 2019, Subset Games co-founder Matthew Davis details the Into the Breach design process from early drafts to the final balancing decisions (and how they came up with that great UI!)
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Breaking down Plague Inc: The Board Game's sales data, commercial performance 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.30.19]
James Vaughan, creator of the massive hit Plague Inc., shares data from the first few years of selling Plague Inc: The Board Game, and offers key takeaways for other designers heading into the board game market.
Indie, Business/Marketing