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Valve clarifies Steam Sale event after devs chart declining wishlists  
by Alissa McAloon [06.27.19]
Valve offers a much-needed clarification after developers surmised an event's unclear rules were likely behind players removing cheaper games from their Steam Wishlists en masse.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Video: Rapid-fire animation insights from the GDC 2019 Animation Microtalks  
by Staff [06.26.19]
In this GDC 2019 microtalk session 11 experts from Blizzard, BioWare and other industries present a series of rants, raves, observations and wild musings on animation and the game industry as a whole.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Game Design Deep Dive: Making the 100(!) endings of Reventure 2
by Javi Cepa [06.26.19]
Javi Cepa explains the design challenges in making Reventure, a Steam success that has 100 different endings.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Unpacking The Silver Case: A Q&A with Grasshopper Manufacture 1
by Brandon Sheffield [06.25.19]
We spoke with some of the developers of The Silver Case, discussing character design, story, and its 2017 remaster.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Video: Tips on art directing VFX for stylized games  
by Staff [06.25.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk artists from Double Fine, Epic Games, and more discuss methods for establishing the artistic pillars of your game's VFX, using specific examples from iconic games!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: My Friend Pedro's Elite Beat Agent  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at breakout indie action game My Friend Pedro, a much-deserved history of the excellent Elite Beat Agents series, on Mordhau's surprisingly hot debut, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Learning from the doomed launch of Brigador  
by Staff [06.20.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Stellar Jockeys' Hugh Monahan dissects the development and release of Brigador from both marketing and design perspectives, to help you learn what went wrong.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
by Staff [06.20.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Using email lists for fun, profit, and building your own fan club  
by Staff [06.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game developer Chris Zukowski explains how to level up your email list, and why a well-run email list can be 5-10 times more effective than Twitter or Facebook!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny 2
by Staff [06.18.19]
"You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Live, die, repeat: How Outer Wilds piques curiosity in an ambivalent solar system 1
by Kris Graft [06.18.19]
Outer Wilds is a game whose universe makes you feel small - like a cog in a gargantuan wind-up clock. It's a universe that's ambivalent to your existence; one that shrugs at your presence and absence alike.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: How the 'indiepocalypse' changed the shape of indie success  
by Staff [06.17.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, indie dev Jason Rohrer digs into some data behind the 2014-2018 'indiepocalypse' to help indies figure out how not to waste 4 years of their life on the next high-profile flop.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: E3, E3, E3 (and some Non-E3!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.14.19]
This week's roundup is E3-packed, including discussion of best games, Nintendo, the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft's xCloud vs Google Stadia (or not!), as well as another 10+ links that aren't about E3 at all.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: 9 takeaways of Duelyst's journey from tabletop to digital game  
by Staff [06.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Counterplay Games' Eric Lang & Keith Lee reflect on the development of Duelyst, share lessons learned and explain how it went from a boardgame prototype to a digital card game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: 5 more game design techniques from rather clever devs  
by Staff [06.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk game designers Richard Rouse III, Erin Hoffman-John, Soren Johnson, Raph Koster, Josh Sawyer, and Stone Librande share unique game design rules they've used in their work.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How cheating and making player life easier helped Dead Cells shine  
by Staff [06.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard provides a closer look at how cheating and making player life easier actually made Dead Cells a hardcore game without the rage-quitting.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the theme-oriented design of Phantom Doctrine  
by Staff [06.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Artificer's Kacper Szymczak explores ways of thinking and step-by-step guides on how to effectively flesh out games based on the themes you're trying to explore.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Ooblets to self-publish after Double Fine joins Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
Ooblets was previously one of the games being published under the Double Fine Presents label, but the game's developers have announced they'll be self-publishing the game.
Console/PC, Indie, E3

Video: Why fashion in (most) games sucks, and why you should care 1
by Staff [06.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran explores the recent history of fashion in games and provides multiple tips for making your own character designs runway-worthy. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Follow all of Gamasutra's E3 2019 coverage here!  
by Staff [06.09.19]
Gamasutra will be covering E3 both on-site and remotely to bring you the latest news and interviews from the game industry's big L.A. showcase. Follow coverage on our dedicated E3 news page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing