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Gaining fans for your game? A marathon, not a sprint 2
by Simon Carless [05.12.20]
There is no silver bullet in having people find your game. If you’re relying on one thing to change your fortunes radically - you’re using the wrong strategy to develop & market your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Donkey Kong Snowrunning Team  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.09.20]
The latest roundup of interesting games, articles & videos from the last week includes new titles like Snowrunner & old beefs like the Donkey Kong high score lawsuit.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tokyo Game Show 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic  
by Kris Graft [05.08.20]
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, September's Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been cancelled, organizers announced Thursday.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Games, psychology, and UX with Celia Hodent - GDC Podcast ep. 8  
by Kris Graft [05.06.20]
For Celia Hodent, a psychology PhD, author, and freelance user experience consultant whose credits include Fortnite, Assassin's Creed games, and more, UX is everywhere.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

When your Steam wishlists don't convert 5
by Simon Carless [05.06.20]
So your game has a lot of Steam wishlists, but then it launches... and it doesn't sell many copies! What happened? We try to delve into it within...
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Building Enter the Gungeon's dungeon-climbing spin-off Exit the Gungeon  
by Diego Arguello [05.05.20]
Dodge Roll's Dave Crooks reveals how the studio has polished its bullet hell dungeon crawler Enter the Dungeon and revised its design to create spin-off dungeon climber Exit the Dungeon.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Streets Of Rage-aholic Wasteland  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.02.20]
Lots of great things to see this week, from Streets Of Rage's surprising comeback to an Animal Crossing talk show & far beyond.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Summer is going fully digital  
by Staff [04.30.20]
While GDC organizers look forward to meeting again in person as soon as possible, this August's GDC Summer will be transformed into an all-digital event in order to best serve our community.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Developing your game's community for maximum pre-release fans 1
by Simon Carless [04.28.20]
It seems important to me that devs spend a lot of time on nurturing their game community before launch. But many can't or don't. Here's advice on how you can do a better job!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Humble's Conquer COVID-19 bundle raises $6.5 million for pandemic relief  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.20]
Humble's latest charitable bundle has ended its run, and raised over $6.5 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in the process.
Console/PC, Indie

Video Game Deep Cuts: XCOM's Cloudpunk Industries Of Titan  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.25.20]
The latest piece rounding up the week's notable writing and videos in games includes pieces on new games from Cloudpunk to Industries Of Titan, plus a bunch of neat historical writing & research.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Games that cleverly incorporate texting and web browsing 2
by Staff [04.24.20]
There are just a few games have managed to accurately convey how people use texting and the internet in their everyday lives. They're intriguing examples for how we might tell stories for a digital age.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: How Trinket found the right recipe while designing Battle Chef Brigade  
by Staff [04.23.20]
Trinket Studios' Tom Eastman talks to Gamasutra about the ins and outs of game design and making a Match-3 cooking game work (wok?) well as the heart of Battle Chef Brigade.
Indie, Design

How deeply personal RPG The Wagadu Chronicles explores new realms of Afrofantasy  
by Stacey Henley [04.23.20]
Creator Allan Cudicio opens up about his personal journey making The Wagadu Chronicles, an upcoming online and tabletop RPG that aims to foster community while exploring new realms of Afrofantasy.
Indie, Design

Games, psychology, and UX with Celia Hodent - GDC Podcast ep. 8  
by Kris Graft [04.22.20]
For Celia Hodent, a psychology PhD, author, and freelance user experience consultant whose credits include Fortnite, Assassin's Creed games, and more, UX is everywhere.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast

Video: The Kine game dev postmortem 1
by Staff [04.22.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Gwen Frey discusses her journey taking her recently-released game Kine from an after-work passion project to a fully realized multi-platform puzzler.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

The design of Peggle-like dungeon crawler Roundguard  
by Simon Carless [04.22.20]
We speak with Andrea Roberts, co-founder and designer at Wonderbelly to talk about the design of Roundguard, a "roguelite" dungeon crawler inspired by the classic PopCap game, Peggle.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: What you should know before making a cross-platform game  
by Staff [04.21.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk AccelByte's Raymond Arifianto explains why making a cross-platform game is not for the faint of heart and shares 9 things you need to know before making the big jump. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: The origin story of Void Bastards' striking art style  
by Staff [04.20.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Blue Manchu's Ben Lee breaks down the various influences and events that shaped the art style of Void Bastards throughout the game's production.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Chex Quest... Chex Out?  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.19.20]
The latest picks for the top writing, video & news of the week include a great Outer Worlds doc, the return of Chex Quest, & lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing