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Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: The powerful debugging features of Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.20]
Yacht Club Games' David D'Angelo dives deep into the development tools and tricks that rapidly bring their games from concept to reality.
Indie, Programming, Production

Sessions are now live on the GDC Summer platform; start planning your schedule today  
by Staff [07.24.20]
The online platform GDC organizers are using to host next month's GDC Summer has been updated with full scheduling details for all announced talks, so log in now to start building your schedule!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

GDC Summer offers lots of learning opportunities for game dev students  
by Staff [07.24.20]
Anyone looking to advance their game dev career or quickly learn new skills is invited to check out some of the cool content you'll find in the GDC Summer Student Channel!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Scope out up-and-coming creators in the GDC Summer Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.23.20]
As you finalize plans to attend the all-digital GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out the exhibitors showcasing their work in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn how to launch an indie studio from your bedroom at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.23.20]
Thinking about starting your own indie studio, but don't know how? Find out at GDC Summer next month, direct from Decoy Games cofounders Ahmed and Khalil Abdullah!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner - GDC Podcast ep. 11  
by Kris Graft [07.23.20]
On GDC Podcast episode 11, longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Don't Miss: How moving from 2D to 3D shaped the design of Risk of Rain 2 1
by John Harris [07.21.20]
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.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Check out some of the cool indie games in GDC Summer's Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.21.20]
As you finalize your plans to attend GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out some of the promising indie games on display in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

A complete 'game discovery' primer: 12 links to increase your discoverability factor  
by Simon Carless [07.21.20]
I’ve picked out around ten of the most ‘universal’ articles around how people find your game - thosethat will stand out in a few months (or maybe years!), and themed them for your pleasure.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get practical tips on jumpstarting your creativity & career at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.21.20]
Staying motivated and finishing projects is key to being successful, and at GDC Summer next month you'll get practical advice to help you do just that!
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Despite gov't approval, Google rejects Attentat 1942 from Google Play Store in Germany 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.20.20]
"How we're supposed to make an historically-accurate game about WW2 horrors without Nazis? We don't know."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: Frog Fractions 2 and the art of surprising players expecting to be surprised 4
by Staff [07.20.20]
When people familiar with your work are expecting you to make surprising, fourth wall-breaking game, how do you catch them off-guard? That was the challenge Jim Crawford faced.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Lessons learned creating merchandise for Alto's Adventure  
by Staff [07.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Snowman's Eli Cymet discusses the creation of merchandise for mobile hit Alto's Adventure, including integration of physical goods right into the game itself. 
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Help needed: what's the real Steam reviews/sales ratio? 2
by Simon Carless [07.20.20]
So, following a successful survey for ‘Steam wishlists to first week sales’, it’s time for a (much needed) re-evaluation of the lifetime review/sales ratio on Steam. And we need your help in giving us stats! But why the re-eval, and what’s it for?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Talking evocative games with thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen  
by Staff [07.17.20]
Indie game dev original Jenova Chen of Journey developer thatgamecompany explains why he's drawn to designing evocative games like Flower, Journey, and the studio's latest game Sky: Children of the Light.
Console/PC, Indie

Video: Level design for non-linear story discovery in Tacoma  
by Staff [07.17.20]
In this GDC 2017 talk Fullbright's Steve Gaynor and Nina Freeman share lessons learned during the development of their non-linear space station story exploration game Tacoma.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

GDC Summer State of the Industry: 33% of devs had a game delayed due to COVID-19  
by Staff [07.17.20]
Dive deeper into the results of the free State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey to see how COVID-19 quarantine measures have affected game developers' ability to ship games on schedule!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

Stadia's 'Click To Play' - the future?  
by Simon Carless [07.16.20]
Does Stadia's 'click to play' functionality change the game for the cloud gaming platform? And all kinds of other game discovery news besides...
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Uses and abuses of analytics in games  
by Staff [07.16.20]
In this GDC 2018 session Kongregate's Emily Greer exposes common pitfalls in data analysis to provide practical guidance on how to improve the rigorousness of your tests and the quality of your data.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault