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Is Steam really conspiring to price fix?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.01.21]
A new class action lawsuit against Valve suggests that price fixing could be at play on Steam. Is this really happening, and if so, has antitrust law actually been breached? We look into it (& lots more!)
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Roguelikes and narrative design with Hades creative director Greg Kasavin  
by Kris Graft [01.28.21]
On GDC Podcast episode 16 we're joined by Greg Kasavin, creative director at Hades developer Supergiant Games. We talk narrative design, his journey from game journalist to game developer and the allure of the roguelike genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Podcast

Tencent picks up minority stake in Dontnod for $36.3 million  
by Alissa McAloon [01.27.21]
Tencent now owns a minority stake in Life is Strange developer Dontnod, a purchase that sets the Chinese game giant back around €30 million.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the art that gives colors back to Dead Cells' cryptic worlds 4
by Staff [01.26.21]
"Despite featuring zombies and developing a game where the foreboding sense of danger never leaves you, we choose not to mimic the artistic direction of similar titles."
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: Creating the 'hidden horror' of Observer  
by Staff [01.25.21]
Observer is a cyberpunk horror game from Polish studio Bloober Team. They stress that it isn't a survival horror experience--they prefer to call it "hidden horror" or "catharsis 2.0."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Opinion: Xbox's Gold pricing flipflop & Game Pass ramifications  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.25.21]
What happened with Microsoft's change of heart over increased pricing on Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and what does it mean for the future of Xbox Game Pass? We examine in detail...
Console/PC, Indie

Steam 'prologues'... do they really help? 2
by Gamasutra Staff [01.21.21]
Steam prologues - those things where you take a short excerpt of your game and launch it on a completely separate Steam page? Are they a big booster of interest? Let's find out...
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game platform deep-dive: from NeuroVoider to ScourgeBringer  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.18.21]
The latest GameDiscoverCo article looks at Flying Oak Games' deep-dive data on NeuroVoider & ScourgeBringer's multi-platform game performance - revenue source by revenue source!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A Bloodstained Q&A with Koji 'Iga' Igarashi  
by Staff [01.14.21]
Legendary game developer Koji "Iga" Igarashi of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame answers our questions about the making of his latest game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

How did Rust make $1 million in Steam revenue in a day - twice?  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.13.21]
Wouldn’t it be nice to make $1 million gross on your Steam game.. in one day? Maybe many, many years after your game originally came out? That's what Rust did the other week. Twice. But how?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nova Drift: the making of a Steam holiday 'sleeper' hit 1
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.21]
Nova Drift - arcade space combat roguelite, Geometry Wars meets Asteroids meets randomly generated ‘runs’ - had a really good holiday season sales-wise. But why? We look into it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

GDC 2021's Core Concepts submissions are closing today  
by Staff [01.11.21]
Today is the last day to submit your talk for GDC 2021's Core Concepts section. Get your submissions in before time runs out!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: Audio choreography for battle design  
by Staff [01.08.21]
In this 2017 GDC session, Khris Brown discusses best practices for audio design for video game combat to help players better understand what is going on in the fight around them.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video

Discount strategy: your key post-launch game discovery tool  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.07.21]
So, when your game has been released, how do you get people to keep talking about it or buying it? Discounts are key, but are you looking at comparables, & do you have a methodical strategy?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 6 ways to make your game more appealing to speedrunners 1
by Bryant Francis [01.05.21]
Take a look at these tips from the Spelunky, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Axiom Verge devs on making speedrunable games.
Indie, Design

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: The top 10 game developers of the year 3
by Staff [01.05.21]
Selecting 10 studios for our top game developers list is difficult every year, but this year was one of the toughest to narrow down.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Quantifying the Xmas day video game sales bump  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.04.21]
What does Xmas Day mean for game sales nowadays? Does unwrapping game consoles under the Christmas tree mean that digital game sales shoot up over the holidays? We examine the evidence.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Crafting mobile-friendly atmospheric storytelling in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Staff [01.04.21]
thatgamecompany's Eileen Hollinger and Tim Nixon sat down with Gamasutra to explain how the studio's visual storytelling style plays out in Sky and how it molds meaningful multiplayer moments.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Steam's end of year bonanza gets 'experimental'  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.30.20]
It’s good to see that Valve is trying new things to deepen discovery. Alongside the Winter Sale this year, they’ve unveiled faceted browsing, a new way to explore sales on Steam.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: The top 10 games of the year  
by Staff [12.28.20]
Here are 10 games that offered some escapism, some human connection, a joyful retreat from the turmoil we faced and continue to face.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing