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Infinifactory and the next generation of the 'Minecraft genre' Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Zach Barth about Infinifactory, and how he's attempting to build the next-generation for the block-building genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: The Super Meat Boy postmortem 44
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [10.22.14]
Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash indie hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that led to the remarkably successful retro revitalization.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing educational games that grow up with the child  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"As we work with developers around the globe, weíve come to understand that the most successful games for kids are a balance of both education and fun, but also stretch a child to reach the next level."
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design

Video blog: 10 things you need to know about game dev 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
Beginners come into the industry starry-eyed at the possibilities before meeting the hard realities. This video presentation from educator Lewis Pulsipher is designed to deliver those truths.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 2
by Teddy Lee [10.22.14]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Stories in games: The little things 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"I think itís great design to give players the choice of setting their own pace. Itís about focusing on a core game that leaves the player wanting more so they will go exploring for these details once they grasp the scope of things."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Michael Brough continues to carve out his own corner of the App Store with Helix Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Developer Michael Brough has somehow managed to carve out his own little market in the tricky mobile space, with quirky titles like his latest, Helix.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Breaking gender and racial barriers in Netrunner 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"If you play Android: Netrunner as a male character right now, more often than not youíre putting yourself at a disadvantage. I doubt thatís the result of an agenda Fantasy Flight Games, Netrunnerís developer, is advancing."
Indie, Design

Blog: Why players love to play alone... together 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"It seems to me that if we want to build multiplayer ecosystems for potential communities as large as mobile offers, the last thing we want to do is fragment populations, unwittingly create niches, or worse, let a game die."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Building a game for charity that makes players care  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"Serious games pose some unique challenges. How do you convey key messages in a clear, memorable and transparent way, while also creating an experience that succeeds as a game in its own right?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, Production

A dance with the devil: Jason Rohrer's Cordial Minuet Exclusive 2
by Christian Nutt [10.21.14]
The iconoclastic indie (The Castle Doctrine) explains how his interest in real-money games and poker resulted in a betting game that pits players against each other in a purely skill-based contest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: IndieCade and the impact of Alien  
by Kris Ligman [10.20.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from IndieCade to how Alien: Isolation lives up to a legacy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: What it's like to make indie games as a couple 1
by Staff [10.20.14]
Claudia Molinari and Matteo Pozzi of We Are Muesli gave a great talk at GDC Europe 2014 that examines some of the naked truths of working as an indie couple, both within games and without.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The Resident Evil 4 postmortem 8
by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi [10.20.14]
In this reprint from the October 2005 issue of Game Developer magazine, Resident Evil 4 developer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi writes about the overhauls and challenges which faced one of the franchise's most notable entries.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chinese developers need to better identify the needs of their players 1
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
"We serve the customers, that's our common goal," says Jeff Lyndon, president and co-founder of Chinese mobile game publisher iDreamSky, at GDC China today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC China, China

The role of luck: RNG isn't the answer 22
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"We've concluded that itís possible to design a compelling competitive game without luck. Possible. Not easy. Not necessarily doable. But possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 25
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"If you donít know how people work, you canít make stuff for people to interact with. The most talented and technical designer that lacks empathy will make something that only he/she can enjoy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why anything but games matters 20
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why Iím in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least Iím not in games.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 3
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China