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Features » Indie
When players buy your game before it's done: Expert tips on alpha funding 4
by Mike Rose [07.30.13]
Interested in alpha funding? Find out what you need to know first -- from Dean Hall (DayZ), Chris Simpson (Project Zomboid), and of course Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft), among others.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding

Why Super Metroid's Hacking Community is Still Going Strong 15
by Victoria Earl [07.24.13]
We take a look at the reasons behind the 1994 game's active mod scene -- exploring which elements of the game's original design, its place in the series, and fan reaction have fostered a rich community.
Console/PC, Indie, History

The Ouya Experience: What game developers think so far 24
by Kris Graft [07.22.13]
Ouya game developers sound off on their experience with the recently-launched console.
Indie, Microconsole

Dwarf Fortress in 2013 20
by Mike Rose [07.02.13]
Gamasutra speaks to Tarn Adams, creator of the iconoclastic and unique simulation game, about his future plans, why he doesn't fraternize with developers, and why he resolutely refuses to sell out.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie

Variants: The Challenge of Changeable Design 18
by Keith Burgun [06.12.13]
If achievements should be abandoned because they're counter to good design practices, what should take their place? Variants, Keith Burgun argues, and in this article he explains what they are and are not.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Advanced Audio Streaming in Unity 12
by Ben Long, Fredrik Kaupang [06.06.13]
In the midst of making a simple casual game as part of a personal jam, Ben Long and Fredrik Kaupang uncovered a great trick for streaming audio in Unity.
Audio, Programming, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Not Puzzles, but Scenes: Cinematic Gameplay Interactions 8
by Lucas González [06.05.13]
How the developers of Deadlight stepped back from their puzzle system -- which absolutely was not working with the way their game was designed -- and reenvisioned it to much greater player satisfaction.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games 42
by Zack Wood [05.31.13]
Zack Wood studied game design in Japan, and here shares the philosophies that inform the rich, appealing worlds and characters of games developed in that country -- a new way of looking at building your worlds and creating their inhabitants.
Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Internal Indies 1
by Steve Stopps [05.29.13]
Are there lessons from indie development that can be utilized in a larger, established studio setting? In order to answer this question, Blitz Game Studios started a simple experiment: inviting five senior developers to form a team with complete creative freedom.
Business/Marketing, Production, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Revisiting Android 1
by Patrick Miller [05.28.13]
Android's reputation lags behind iOS, but its install base certainly does not. Game Developer magazine speaks to developers from across the mobile spectrum to get a bead on the challenges and opportunities the platform offers.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive