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Creating a Smash Bros.-style camera system for four players 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
A programming-oriented post covering the logic in creating a camera system for a side-view multiplayer game -- one that tracks four players who battle and keeps the view dynamic and useful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Ten expert speakers tackle big ideas in the GDC 2015 Microtalks  
by Staff [02.20.15]
Attend GDC 2015's Microtalks session to see ten brief, rapid-fire talks about the philosophy, history and futures of the design, art and culture of games and play, all packed into a single hour.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

The poor man's voxel engine: A look back at years of toil 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
"Clearly, this article is mostly useless if you're interested in writing your own voxel engine. I just want to share the petty drama of my past four and a half years."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Finally, some details about what Magic Leap actually is 15
by Phill Cameron [02.20.15]
MIT Technology Review has some details about what Magic Leap is, and how it works.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Sustaining yourself as an indie studio  
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
What it means to sustain your studio: "Learn the strengths of the team. The people you work with will make or break a company, so it pays in spades to evaluate what each person brings to the table."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Art Direction Bootcamp: An expert roundtable Q&A  
by Andrew Maximov [02.20.15]
Seasoned artists from Naughty Dog, BioWare, Hello Games and Deep Silver Volition answer community questions, ahead of GDC 2015's Art Direction Bootcamp.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Road to the IGF: Down to the Wire's Ice-Bound Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
An interactive novel and an augmented reality game that got kicked off by the suggestion to create a project to "imagine the future of the book," Ice-Bound is an IGF Excellence in Narrative finalist.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, IGF

Don't Miss: Making decisions interesting in games 29
by Jon Schafer [02.19.15]
In this classic feature Jon Shafer, who previously led development of Civilization V at Firaxis, explains how it's possible to create a game full of "very interesting and very difficult decisions."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The rise and fall, and rise again, of game design rules 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"Keep in mind that any rule will probably be a personal, aesthetic choice that governs that person as a creator. Those rules can be fascinating and informative, but they are far from absolute."
Console/PC, Design

Business Matchmaking returns for GDC 2015 All Access attendees  
by Staff [02.19.15]
GDC 2015 is less than two weeks away, which means now is an ideal time for attendees will All Access passes to schedule meetings using the conference's powerful Business Matchmaking system.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: The appeal of hunting monsters 14
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"Monster Hunter seems, to me, like the kind of game that won't be around much longer. It's a little amazing that this game exists at all, given the current gaming ecosystem."
Console/PC, Design

Investors and video games: It's pretty difficult 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"For years I've been actively talking with investors. This is why I believe sharing my personal experience can be valuable for some people seeking non-crowdfunding."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How projects run late, in the small 3
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"This is not a business of products. We are not simply making widgets more efficiently to increase profits by .001 cents per unit. We're making things, usually new things."
Console/PC, Programming

Deconstruct the art design of leading AAA and indie games at GDC  
by Staff [02.19.15]
From No Man's Sky to Disney Infinity 2.0, GDC 2015 officials highlight another great set of sessions on the process of art design that you'll want to keep on your radar.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, GDC

Epic Games offers up $5 million in Unreal Dev Grants 11
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
Today Epic Games has announced a new initiative -- one that could see your game netting between $5,000 and $50,000 in no-strings-attached funding from the engine provider.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

What's behind the surprising success of my little indie game, Skeal 11
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"There’s no question that I got lucky with Skeal in that it just happened to click with a great writer who speaks to a passionate audience. But I think there’s more behind its popularity than sheer chance."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: E-Line Media and Upper One Games' Never Alone Exclusive 1
by Grant Roberts [02.19.15]
Lead game designer Grant Roberts offers a very thorough breakdown of what went right (and wrong) with the development of E-Line Media/Upper One Games' Alaska Native cultural touchstone Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: SuperChop Games' Ephemerid Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.18.15]
Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure is a "rock fairy tale about a paper mayfly," brought to life by its unique classical guitar soundtrack. We catch up with SuperChop Games about the Excellence in Audio nominee.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Get a job: Blizzard seeks a VFX Artist to work on Hearthstone  
by Staff [02.18.15]
Handy with Photoshop and Maya? The Hearthstone team seeks a visual effects (VFX) production artist to develop new effects, from concept through implementation, at Blizzard's Irvine, CA headquarters.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: An Alternative to Achievements 73
by Keith Burgun [02.18.15]
In this classic feature, designer Keith Burgun examines the concept of achievements: how they're used, how they might be used in the future, and how they might even change totally -- for the better.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing