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Video Game Deep Cuts: 2020's Most Exciting, 1983's Most Breakout Games  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.17.20]
The latest highlights include a look at 2020's most anticipated PC games, 1983's 'breakout' game (fine, it's a book excerpt from a 1983 tome about Breakout!), plus looks at Android: Netrunner & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 offers practical tips on hiring and keeping women leaders in games  
by Staff [01.17.20]
It's never been more vital for game makers to make active, sustained efforts to diversify their leadership teams, and at GDC 2020 in March you'll get the latest tips and tools to do so!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, GDC

The top 7 reasons women quit game development
by Pixelles [01.17.20]
Game development-focused feminist non-profit Pixelles highlights problem areas--and solutions--in retaining women within game development studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs, submit your games now for GDC 2020's Day of the Devs showcase!  
by Staff [01.16.20]
Hey game devs, good news: Double Fine and iam8bit's popular game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want to participate!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: How to talk about games with those who don't approve  
by Staff [01.16.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk educators Lindsay Grace, Mia Consalvo, Roger Altizer, and Andy Phelps provide devs with the facts they need to competently reply to those opposed to the game industry.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Attend GDC and learn how Outer Wilds nailed curiosity-driven game design  
by Staff [01.15.20]
In a GDC 2020 talk co-creative leads Alex Beachum and Loan Verneau will dig into the meta design of Outer Wilds, from early 2D prototypes to the final structure of the game's overarching mystery!
Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Developing asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight  
by Staff [01.14.20]
In this 2018 GDC session Behaviour Interactive’s Dave Richard shares the story behind developing Dead by Daylight, a popular 2016 asymmetrical survival horror game about avoiding a terrifying killer.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Parents, don't forget to register for childcare at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.14.20]
The KiddieCorp team charges an affordable hourly rate for their services and snacks and beverages will be provided, but meals do need to be supplied by parents each day!
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, GDC

Game Design Deep Dive: The 26 verbs of 'Henry VIII sim' Fit for a King 2
by Brent Ellison and Tanya Short [01.14.20]
Fit for a King is a comedic side project from Kitfox's Tanya Short and Nvizzio Creations' Brent Ellison. Here they explain how they assigned a verb to every letter of the alphabet in this game inspired by classic RPGs.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

GDC YouTube Top 5: Mipumi Games' Eline Muijres  
by Kris Graft [01.13.20]
For January, we bring you the top picks from Eline Muijres, producer at indie studio Mipumi Games who also worked on the IGF-nominated game Bounden.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Get live game-pitching advice at GDC Pitch during GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.13.20]
If you're coming to GDC 2020 don't miss your chance to participate in GDC Pitch, an event designed to help select GDC Play participants practice their game-pitching skills in front of a live audience!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Designing Manifold Garden's believably unbelievable world and puzzles  
by John Harris [01.13.20]
At the start, Manifold Garden appears to be a simple block-moving puzzle game, but before long there are impossible sights at play that demonstrate the strange implications of the world
Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Punk Nomad Disco Elysium Switch  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.20]
The latest highlights include a great piece on a unique Ubisoft 'fixer', the unlikely story behind Disco Elysium's success, the underappreciated Switch games of last year, and a whooole bunch more great articles besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Understanding the bottom-up design philosophy behind Crashlands  
by Staff [01.10.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Butterscotch Shenanigans' Seth Coster breaks down the studio's bottom-up design approach & discusses the implications for project and team management on games like Crashlands.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Sign up now for GDC Connect and start making connections for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.10.20]
The GDC Connect tools for arranging meetings with business contacts & mentors at GDC 2020 is now online with significantly expanded access -- so sign up today and start setting up productive meetings!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An in-depth breakdown of Dead Cells' mobile port  
by Staff [01.09.20]
Laura Saada with mobile publisher Playdigious dives deep into the harrowing process of bringing a frenetic button-centric "roguevania" to touchscreen devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Video: How to be a better leader in game dev  
by Staff [01.09.20]
In this 2017 GDC session, Schell Games founder Jesse Schell presents simple principles of game studio leadership that can help anyone become a better leader, no matter how big or small the team.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Glean unique UX insights from centuries of card game design at GDC  
by Staff [01.09.20]
Come to GDC 2020 in March and catch designer Julia Keren-Detar's discusses game UX tips and best practices devised and perfected over centuries of card games, and which stand the test of time!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Creating the ever-improvising text adventures of AI Dungeon 2  
by John Harris [01.09.20]
AI Dungeon 2 created quite a stir upon its unveiling, so much that they had to quickly rework it to cut down on bandwidth costs.
Indie, Programming, Design

Brass Lion aims to build hype for its debut game with a premium podcast  
by Alex Wawro [01.07.20]
Brass Lion Entertainment is working with subscription-based podcast platform Luminary and Marginal Mediaworks to produce a scripted podcast set in the universe of its debut game Corner Wolves.
Indie, Business/Marketing