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Features » Indie
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

Dean Hall Discusses DayZ's Development Process 2
by Christian Nutt [05.24.13]
Project lead Dean Hall explains to Gamasutra the way his team is developing the new standalone game, including exactly what its players bring to the table and how Steam is integrated into the developers' workflow.
Design, Production, Interview, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online

Creating Virtual Reality Games: The Fundamentals 16
by Sébastien Kuntz [05.23.13]
As VR heats up again thanks to the emergence of the Oculus Rift, Gamasutra presents a ten-year veteran's take on best practices for developing immersive games using this technology.
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

From XNA to MonoGame 12
by Dean Ellis [05.15.13]
If you created a game in XNA, its discontinuation doesn't mean that you have to start over from scratch. Enter MonoGame, an open-source implementation of the XNA 4 API -- and this tutorial to help you use it.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Crowdfunding, One Year Later 3
by David Daw [05.01.13]
Game Developer Magazine asked devs behind major crowdfunding pushes from the last year -- Chris Roberts, Brenda Romero, Greg Rice, and Jim Rossignol and James Carey -- for their advice on what worked for them and what they’d do differently.
Business/Marketing, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

A Mini-Postmortem Roundup 5
by Game Developer Magazine Staff [04.29.13]
Game Developer magazine has put together a collection of four shorter postmortems, each for a game developed for a different platform: Muteki's Dragon Fantasy (mobile), Subset Games's FTL (PC), KIXEYE's War Commander (social), and ]['s Dyad (console).
Business/Marketing, GD Mag, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Console/PC, Game Developer Magazine, Production, Postmortem, Design, GD Mag Exclusive

A Journey to Monaco: Andy Schatz Looks Back 9
by Mike Rose [04.18.13]
The developer of the IGF grand prize winner reflects on the game, almost four years in the making -- recounting his personal struggles, his business problems, and the solutions he's learned over the course of making the game.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie