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Video: Crafting the musical identity and style of your game  
by Staff [09.12.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, composer Penka Kouneva discusses how developers can successfully present their vision and articulate their musical needs to composers.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Want to speak at the GDC 2020 Indie Games Summit? Pitch a talk today!  
by Staff [09.12.19]
Just a quick reminder today that the 2020 Game Developers Conference is still accepting Independent Games Summit talk submissions -- but only through 11:59 PM Pacific on Monday, September 30th!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation  
by Bryant Francis [09.11.19]
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Improving cross-disciplinary communication in small teams  
by Staff [09.11.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk Harmonix's Jeff Hesser examines and explains why, as teams get smaller and more agile, their need to improve conversations across disciplinary lines increases.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Choice design with Zachtronics' Matthew Burns - GDC Podcast ep. 2 2
by Kris Graft [09.11.19]
Matthew Burns of Zachtronics joins the new GDC Podcast to talk about his arresting visual novel Eliza, a story about the ethical conflicts surrounding an AI therapy program. How does a game with so little choice say so much about player agency?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Podcast

Tales from discoverability land: vol. 1 1
by Simon Carless [09.11.19]
This roundup around game discoverability includes looks at Steam users and how they look at your game, mobile discoverability and Steam wishlists to sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How to get a job writing for games  
by Staff [09.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Zak Garriss and Tracey John demystify the application process and provide some understanding of how to break into the field for aspiring game writers and narrative designers.
Console/PC, Indie, Video, Vault

Pitch your great game writing talk for the GDC 2020 Game Narrative Summit!  
by Staff [09.10.19]
Are you an experienced game narrative expert with something to share? Pitch a talk to the GDC 2020 Game Narrative Summit, which aims to showcase game narrative innovation in all its forms!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Don't Miss: 7 great examples of foreshadowing in games that devs should study 1
by Staff [09.09.19]
Foreshadowing is a valuable tool that every game maker should have in their arsenal, so we reached out to some devs who know their stuff for tips and examples of games that do it well.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How to survive and thrive as a small studio without a big hit  
by Staff [09.09.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel, Christopher Langmuir, Theresa Duringer and Tanya X. Short give realistic examples of how to run a small game studio without a surprise runaway hit.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Underpricing The Gears Of Steam  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.07.19]
This week's highlights include why you might be underpricing your video game, a look at the debuts of Gears Of War 5 and Wilmot's Warehouse, & how Steam users see your game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: GDC has launched a new podcast! 2
by Kris Graft [09.06.19]
Game Developers Conference has a new monthly podcast! Don't miss the August episode, featuring Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon, along with game production expert Grant Shonkwiler as the first guest.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast

Video: Designing levels for a video game mixtape  
by Staff [09.06.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Alejandro Quan-Madrid discusses the creation of mobile game FRKN WKND, a kind of video game mixtape that's made up of a collection of autobiographical vignette games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

How Steam users see your game: An analysis of what players are looking for 39
by Gamasutra Community [09.06.19]
"If you have wondered what you should put on your Steam store page, I have completed a research project to identify exactly what the average Steam user is looking for."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

IGF 2020 Inspiration: Star Maid's Nuovo Award-winning Cibele  
by Staff [09.05.19]
Submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival are open through September 30th, and to give you a little inspiration, today we look back on IGF 2016 Nuovo Award winner Cibele!
Indie, Design, IGF

Video: How indies and small studios can succeed with licensed games  
by Staff [09.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Devolver Digital's Nigel Lowrie, Nerial's Francois Alliot, and HBO's Jeff Peters explore how smaller devs can succeed with licensed games like Reigns: Game of Thrones
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 Chris Priestman [09.03.19]
"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

Video Game Deep Cuts: Control The Knights On Bikes With Chains  
by Simon Carless [09.03.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at a whole heap of new games, including Control, Knights On Bikes, Ancestors, and Astral Chain, as well as a retrospective interview with Seaman designer Yoot Saito.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A data-driven deep dive into the 12 motivations for players  
by Staff [09.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Quantic Foundry's Nick Yee take a deep dive into 12 major player motivations, based on Quantic Foundry's survey of over 400,000 game players!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Obituary: Night in the Woods co-creator Alec Holowka
by Kris Graft [09.01.19]
Independent game developer Alec Holowka, whose credits include Night in the Woods, Aquaria, and others, has died.
Indie