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Portraying migrants' struggles via cellphones in Bury Me, My Love  
by Joel Couture [11.23.17]
"The vast majority of migrants have smartphones. We felt the best way to tell the story we wanted to tell efficiently was to mimic the device they use and the way they use it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video

Come to GDC 2018 and hear how sounds tell stories in Night in the Woods  
by Staff [11.21.17]
Come to GDC 2018 next March, because sound designer Em Halberstadt will be there to deliver a neat talk about "How Sound Tells the Story of 'Night in the Woods.'"
Indie, Audio

Pitch your offbeat prototypes to the GDC 2018 Experimental Gameplay Workshop!  
by Staff [11.21.17]
The mad geniuses behind the Experimental Gameplay Workshop have issued their call for submissions of intriguing new (and playable!) video game prototypes for the GDC 2018 showcase!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Tiny Metal director accused of funding game with money from another Kickstarter 3
by Alex Wawro [11.20.17]
The accusation comes from game maker Tariq Lacy, who took recently to the social media accounts for unreleased game Project Phoenix to post a claim that Tiny Metal was being made with Phoenix money.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Opinion: South Australia's $2 million AUD investment in game devs  
by Katherine Cross [11.20.17]
"The South Australian government are finally taking the game industry seriously. It's a sector that is a natural fit for region's incredible arts culture and it's strength in tech.”
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

IGF 2018 debuts juries for Narrative, Nuovo, and Visual Art awards  
by Staff [11.20.17]
To recognize their contributions to the process, organizers would like to celebrate those who have volunteered their time and talent to take part in judging for a few of the IGF 2018 awards.
Indie, Art, Design, IGF

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Need For Soderbergh's PlayerUnknown 2
by Gamasutra Staff [11.19.17]
The best longform articles & podcasts of the week include a look at Need For Speed's monetization, Steven Soderbergh's new interactive film project, and a podcast talking to Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Devs sound off on the 2017 Indie Soapbox  
by Staff [11.17.17]
In the course of an hour ten indie devs from around the industry take the stage at GDC 2017 to share what's on their mind, tackling everything from taste (get some!) to self-care to indie rockers.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leads Golden Joystick award winners  
by Alissa McAloon [11.17.17]
Nintendo's open world Zelda title walked away with four awards during the show, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Cuphead, and Horizon Zero Dawn following close behind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: How to put out fires and stay creative as a game writer  
by Staff [11.16.17]
At GDC 2017 writers George Ziets, Leanne Taylor-Giles, Chris Avellone, Colin McComb, and Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie discuss the ins and outs of being a writer in games, from AAA to indie to tabletop.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Rendering the mud and water of Spintires:MudRunner 8
by Pavel Zagrebelnyy [11.16.17]
Here we present technical details behind rendering of mud and water in Spintires:MudRunner, a driving simulation game, developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Video: How architectural design can help you build better levels  
by Staff [11.15.17]
At GDC 2016's Level Design Workshop, trained architect and game maker Claire Hosking gave a great talk about how architectural design principles can help level designers achieve their goals.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

The making of 20XX: Listening well and lucking out 7
by Chris King [11.15.17]
We developed 20XX over the course of 4 years, most of which ended up being public via Early Access. We talk about the game's timeline, lessons learned, and how competition affected our development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a Hitman TV series 1
by Alex Wawro [11.14.17]
The team behind last year's episodic hit-'em-up Hitman have confirmed they've cut a deal with Fox 21 and Hulu to produce a television series based on the game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

AbleGamers is offering sponsorships to three Train Jam-curious developers  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.17]
The AbleGamers Foundation is partnering up with Train Jam to help three game developers with disabilities attend both the mobile game jam event and, following the trip, GDC.
Indie

Dev Q&A: Zachtronics team on building personality into puzzles  
by John Harris [11.14.17]
"I think the way to avoid ludo-narrative dissonance is to make it so that your story is your gameplay."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Classic Postmortem: The Behemoth's Alien Hominid GDMag Exclusive 4
by Tom Fulp & John Baez [11.13.17]
13 years ago, The Behemoth's classic run and gun title received its first commercial release.To honor this indie game milestone, we present this postmortem that ran in Game Developer magazine in 2005.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Video Game Deep Cuts: E.T. Solitaire - The Hob Odyssey  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.12.17]
This weeks articles & videos of the week include how E.T. for Atari 2600 was reviewed on its release, a new Solitaire standout, a video on Hob's design, and multiple Mario / Odyssey pieces.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Game Awards adds new honors, including an award for 'live games'  
by Alex Wawro [11.10.17]
This new award is interesting because it prominently highlights how important the care and feeding of live games has become in contemporary game dev, especially for big-budget studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Cibele and playing with the connections we create through tech  
by Staff [11.10.17]
Gamasutra takes a look back on what this intensely personal game about a youthful online romance has to say about the bonds that we form with one another via technology.
Console/PC, Indie, Design