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Features » Indie
Postmortem: DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 6
by Chris Harvey [09.23.13]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed PlayStation Network Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

Developers Speak Out: Why Microconsoles? 6
by Christian Nutt [08.28.13]
What do developers think of microconsoles -- are they worth making games for? Do they have a future? Gamasutra speaks to Double Fine, Housemarque, Mojang, Tale of Tales and others to find out.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, Microconsole

Is Wii U's eShop right for your game? Indies sound off 2
by Kris Graft [08.15.13]
Wii U eShop indie developers talk to Gamasutra about what Nintendo's doing right and wrong with its digital distribution platform.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Digital Publishing

20 Years of Mana: Secret of Mana's Enduring Influence 21
by Christian Nutt, Douglas Wilson [08.09.13]
This week, 20 years ago, Secret of Mana was released for the Super Nintendo. What has made the game so enduring? And what inspirations does it offer to contemporary developers? Die Gute Fabrik's Douglas Wilson and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt discuss.
Audio, Art, Console/PC, Indie

When players buy your game before it's done: Expert tips on alpha funding 6
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