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Video Game Deep Cuts: That Superliminal Jedi Guy  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.16.19]
This week's roundup looks at games from Superliminal to Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokemon Sword & Shield, plus behind the scenes at the ESRB & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Top game composers share hard-won advice and lessons learned  
by Staff [11.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC session composers Mick Gordon, Jason Graves, Grant Kirkhope, Wilbert Roget, Rich Vreeland and Austin Wintory share stories of lessons they learned in the professional trenches.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.19]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Indie, Art, Design

How Mario 64 inspired that horrible goose's moveset 1
by Aron Garst [11.15.19]
Untitled Goose Game designer Nico Disseldorp explains how Mario 64's broad moveset inspired the waddling charm of the titular goose.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion toZelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam search suggestions & premium positioning 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.13.19]
This time out, I thought it would be interesting to look - incredibly specifically - at Steam search suggestions. That is, the games that pop up when you start typing in things in Steam search.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Crafting mystery through gameplay in Nauticrawl  
by Andrea Interguglielmi [11.13.19]
In this thorough Deep Dive, Nauticrawl dev Andrea Interguglielmi walks through his process of designing this atmospheric puzzle game to evoke feelings of genuine mystery and wonder.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Video: An indie game dev's guide to contracting  
by Staff [11.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, ClutchPlay Games' Amy Dallas explores different ways to structure contract projects for game devs in the world of freelance.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Q&A: Designing the foreboding Apple Arcade Soulslike Bleak Sword  
by John Harris [11.12.19]
We speak with more8bit's Luis Jimenez about his excellent minimalistic Soulslike Bleak Sword.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video

Video: Insights from the GDC 2019 Narrative Innovation Showcase  
by Staff [11.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk a group of creative game makers share stories behind their innovative narrative creations: the ambitions they had, the challenges they faced, the solutions they invented.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Disco Elysium Gives You A Pistol Whip  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.10.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on Disco Elysium & Pistol Whip, as well as the science of addiction, Japanese arcades, cryptography in Mario Maker 2, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How to make your game more metal  
by Staff [11.08.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Dakota State University's Jeff Howard explores how themes common in the heavy metal genre can become a foundation for video game storytelling.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How moving from 2D to 3D shaped the design of Risk of Rain 2 1
by John Harris [11.08.19]
Risk of Rain 2 developer Hopoo Games opens up about the process of taking its acclaimed 2D roguelike into 3D, and what it takes to build a great roguelike with a small team.
Indie, Design

Come to GDC and see how Indivisible's striking art style was achieved!  
by Staff [11.08.19]
Lab Zero's Indivisible features vibrant hand-drawn 2D characters adventuring across lush 3D environments, and at the 2020 Game Developers Conference you'll see exactly how this look was achieved!
Indie, Art, GDC

Steam game sales for 'the other 50%' 12
by Simon Carless [11.08.19]
So, I've been spending time corresponding with the kind folks who replied to my 'call for Steam data'. This is the first in a series of columns exposing some of that data - or interviewing folks anonymously about their experiences.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing decisions that matter in Orwell 2
by Daniel Marx [11.07.19]
"In this article I will describe the iterations and considerations during the development process that shaped the choice-based mechanic and the feeling of impactfulness of decisions in the final game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Creating better game audio with tools for live performance  
by Staff [11.07.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, GL33K's Matt Piersall explains why using tools primarily intended for live electronic music performance can open up an inspiring work flow for game audio.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Sony's Yoshida steps down as head of WWS to focus on independent devs  
by Kris Graft [11.07.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that Hermen Hulst, co-founder and managing director of Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla, would become the new head of SIE's Worldwide Studios, as Shuhei Yoshida switches gears.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Turning love into a cooperative game mechanic in The Game Bakers' Haven  
by Aron Garst [11.07.19]
The team at Haven dev The Game Bakers set out to make a different sort of game about romance and use love, not as a goal or reward, but as a mechanic and system felt throughout every aspect of the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video

Abbey Games 'scoping down' and terminating all employee contracts by 2020  
by Alex Wawro [11.06.19]
Dutch indie Abbey Games announced yesterday that it will end all contracts with its employees by December 31st in an effort to "scope down" and get its Early Access god game Godhood to 1.0 by 2020.
Indie, Business/Marketing