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Updates » Indie
Citing 'Sony's plans to discontinue the Vita,' Bloodstained dev cancels port  
by Alissa McAloon [08.20.18]
Kickstarter darling Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been delayed into 2019 and is no longer coming to Sony’s neglected handheld system.
Console/PC, Indie

Designing omnidirectional tracks for parkour-esque racing game Lightfield  
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.18]
Lost in the Garden cofounder Julia Murczek digs into the challenges the team had to overcome when designing the race tracks for their omnidirectional racing game, in which players can drive on walls.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: A PICO Double Walking Dead  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.19.18]
This week's highlights include articles about new Walking Dead narrative & AR games, a talk on PICO-8's playfulness, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Dontnod's Vampyr picked up for TV adaptation by Fox21  
by Alissa McAloon [08.17.18]
Fox21 has snatched up the rights for a television series based on Dontnod’s 2018 game Vampyr.
Indie

What live game developers can learn from studying urban planning 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.17.18]
Spurred by a recent visit home, Amplitude Studios' Maxence Voleau reflects on some good lessons that game devs can learn from how cities inform people about roadwork & other aspects of urban planning.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Devs reflect on the impact and legacy of Burnout Paradise 2
by Staff [08.16.18]
We could have titled this feature (in which Burnout Paradise co-creator Alex Ward & other devs reflect on the design & impact of the influential open-world racer) Paradise Lost & Found, but we didn't.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

IGF 2019 opens call for judges!  
by Staff [08.16.18]
Interested in potentially serving as a judge for the 2019 Independent Games Festival Awards? Now's your chance!
Indie, IGF

How EVO helps devs tune and test their fighting games  
by Aron Garst [08.16.18]
“Evo players can break a game down faster than anyone," Arc System Works' Toshimichi Mori tells Gamasutra. "They can jump in and do the combos that others would need days to learn."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Teaching rapid prototyping through creating a game a week  
by Staff [08.15.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, game developers and professors Douglas Wilson and Bennett Foddy present a close look at the "Game a Week" model of game education.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Treasure Hunters Fanclub is funding five new indie games  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Treasure Hunters Fanclub announces its investment in five new indie games, brining its overall total committed funding to $500,00.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
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

Reminder: Thursday is your last day to pitch Main Conference talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: The last day to pitch talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference is this Thursday, August 16th -- so get your submissions in now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: Heartache and compassion in Undertale 1
by Joel Couture [08.13.18]
This excerpt from Gamasutra contributor Joel Couture's eBook, Fallen Down: Heartache and Compassion in Undertale explores designer/composer Toby Fox's unique approach to character design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How Baldi's Basics taps into the real horror of '90s edutainment  
by Joel Couture [08.13.18]
Developer Micah McGonigal talks about the design and development of his edutainment horror game Baldi's Basics, in the process reminding us how weird and messed up old edutainment games could be.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: We, Happy To Take The Magic Leap  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.13.18]
This week's highlights include impressions of the much-pivoted We Happy Few, hands-on with the vaunted Magic Leap AR glasses, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Publishing platforms need policies around not-for-profit game devs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.09.18]
In an interview with Polygon, Glitch executive director Evva Kraikul discusses the hurdles that not-for-profit organizations face when negotiating with platform holders to publish their games. 
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GameMaker Studio 2 now offers Switch support in open beta 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.09.18]
Game devs working with YoYo Games’ 2D engine GameMaker Studio 2 can now create and export games for the Switch through the open beta, with a full launch due this year.
Console/PC, Indie

Building the monstrous transforming puzzle heads of GNOG  
by Joel Couture [08.09.18]
Fresh off its PC debut, Gnog lead designer and artist Sam Boucher reveals how the game was originally conceived, and how the team went about designing each of its charmingly grotesque puzzle faces.
Indie, Art, Design, Video

Devs recall the emotional highs and lows of launching their 'dream games'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.08.18]
Devs explore the emotional side of bringing a dream project to fruition and offer advice on how to deal with those often stressful situations.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: How games like Braid and Diablo II handle death and failure 23
by Staff [08.08.18]
Dan Andrei Carp explores whether devs can find a way around the notorious "Game Over" screen, while presenting some practical examples used in popular games over the years.
Indie, Design