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My Friend Pedro's journey from Flash cult hit to indie success 2
by Cian Maher [07.08.19]
'The game grew very organically and it was all about discovering as I went along,' creator Victor Agren explains in this inside look at how My Friend Pedro went from Flash cult hit to indie success.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning The Sea Of Solitude  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.05.19]
This week's roundup includes some amazing highlights from the Summer Games Done Quick speedrun series, a look at intriguing new title Sea Of Solitude, and lots more still.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Exploring the design of cat-in-a-mech Metroidvania Gato Roboto 1
by John Harris [07.05.19]
In this in-depth Q&A, the dev team behind Doinksoft's remarkable cat-in-a-mech explore-'em-up Gato Roboto dig into its level design and reflect on what makes a great lo-fi Metroidvania.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Zachtronics games are now free for public schools and educational nonprofits  
by Alex Wawro [07.03.19]
Dubbed Zachademics, the new initiative allows teachers and other educators to request licenses for Zachtronics games if they're going to be used for teaching purposes.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: The dialog systems and tools of Firewatch  
by Staff [07.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Unity's William Armstrong and Campo Santo's Patrick Ewing discuss the logic, tools, and workflow behind the dialog system used on Firewatch.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Darkest Dungeon's 'camp counselor' approach to community management  
by Staff [07.01.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk John Lindvay explains why Darkest Dungeon dev Red Hook adopted a 'camp counselor' approach to community management, and how it helped foster strong relationships with players.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valve's Index Vs. Super Mario's Bloodstained Invasion  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.28.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Nintendo's spritely Super Mario Maker 2, more impressions of IGA's much-awaited & Castlevania-ish Bloodstained, and a surprising new invasion in EVE Online.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The complicated process of porting Graveyard Keeper to consoles and mobile 3
by Svyatoslav Cherkasov [06.28.19]
Lazy Bear Games summarizes the team's experience of porting a PC game made in Unity to iOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, all while the PC version was being patched and improved.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production

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