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Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, IGF, Video

Designing deeply unsettling 'hidden horror' with Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team 1
by John Harris [02.15.19]
Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Produced for the fourth year running, these 'Flash Forward' videos are always great encapsulations of what makes GDC talks great: they're fun, lovable, and surprisingly informative!
Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC, Video

Road to the IGF: Polyarc's Moss  
by Joel Couture [02.14.19]
In Moss, a little mouse sets off on a grand VR adventure, the player alongside her, using their shared abilities to solve puzzles and overcome monsters that they couldn't tackle alone. 
Indie, IGF, Video

Attend GDC and get Swery's perspective on designing The Missing!  
by Staff [02.14.19]
Game designer Hidetaka "SWERY" Suehiro is coming to GDC 2019 next month discuss the design of his 2018 puzzle-platformer The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories!
Design, Indie, GDC

BOY, God of War won big at the DICE Awards
by Kris Graft [02.14.19]
At the DICE Summit in Las Vegas tonight, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded game of the year to Sony Santa Monica’s God of War.
Audio, Design, Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
Audio, Smartphone/Tablet, Social/Online, Indie, Console/PC, Art, Production, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.19]
after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
Indie, IGF, Video



Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Simon Carless [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, a look at a multitude of new titles - from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
Audio Smartphone/Tablet Social/Online Indie Console/PC Art Production Programming Design Business/Marketing VR

Creating a Sustainable PR Program in a Hits-Driven Mobile Game Ecosystem  
by Ken Johnston [02.15.19]
Mobile games are a hits-driven business. This is at odds with good public relations campaigns, which thrive on consistency. Here's a brief explainer on how to create a sustainable PR program around a mobile game's development, broken out in 3 phases.
Business/Marketing Indie Smartphone/Tablet

Pitching Your Game with Rebekah Saltsman  
by Larry&Brandon GDU [02.15.19]
GDC 2019 is in a month and it's a time for many indie developers to network and pitch their games to investors. Rebekah Saltsman owns 51% of Finji, which makes and publishes indie games. She has a decade of experience listening to and making pitches and i
Business/Marketing Art Console/PC Indie

Zack Manko, Mega Cat Studios: Bringing Physicality to a Digital World  
by Jessica Paek [02.15.19]
This week, we got a chance to talk to Zack from Mega Cat Studios to talk about developing retro games for new consoles, marketing physical games in the digital age, and how they’ve built their die-hard community of retro fans.
Business/Marketing Indie

Can states tax violent video games?  
by Brandon Huffman [02.15.19]
Recently, a lawmaker in Pennsylvania proposed a law to tax the sale of video games rated M or AO by ESRB at 10%. Can states legally do this?
Business/Marketing Console/PC Serious Indie Social/Online Smartphone/Tablet VR


The Behemoth — San Diego, California, United States
[02.14.19]
Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Coordinator

IllFonic — Tacoma, Washington, United States
[02.12.19]
VFX Artist
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

IllFonic — Tacoma, Washington, United States
[02.12.19]
Lead Animator
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

IllFonic — Tacoma, Washington, United States
[02.12.19]
Technical Animator
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

IllFonic — Tacoma, Washington, United States
[02.12.19]
Senior AI Engineer
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

IllFonic — Golden, Colorado, United States
[02.11.19]
Backend Engineer
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

IllFonic — Tacoma, Washington, United States
[02.11.19]
Senior to Lead Engineer
DON’T JUST STARE AT IT…CLICK IT!!! *that link to the job description up there ^^^* If you are reading this, you are probably remembering why you got into the game industry… you have always loved games, but you don’t want to work for “the man” - OR - you are just getting started and would like to learn from some living legends in the industry – OR – you should talk to IllFonic and find out why you are still reading this… WAIT NO LONGER. DO BETTER. DO ILLFONIC’S JOB APPLICATION… ¯\_(?)_/¯ !

ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital — Memphis, Tennessee, United States
[02.01.19]
Specialist – Video Game Community Development