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Road to the IGF: Kevin Regamey's Phonopath Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [01.30.15]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF interview series with nominees, Power Up Audio co-founder Kevin Regamey explains how he built the award-nominated audio puzzle game Phonopath and why.
Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: The making of Elite 4
by Staff [01.30.15]
Elite co-creator David Braben shares the motivation behind and genesis of the genre-defining space flight sim, which stood against industry demands for another arcade-patterned game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: How to build a healthy eSports community around your game  
by Staff [01.30.15]
As part of the GDC Next 2014 Community Summit, Jason Xu (CEO of eSports management platform Battlefy) presented developers with data and strategies for encouraging competitive play in their games.
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

A muse on Metroid II: A maze of murderscapes 6
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.15]
"I first played Metroid II: Return of Samus in the dimly lit women’s wing of a homeless shelter in Providence, Rhode Island. Nestled in my palms like a religious text is the video game machine."
Console/PC, Design

Catch Croteam's Talos Principle postmortem at GDC  
by Staff [01.30.15]
GDC officials confirm Alen Ladavec and Davor Hunski, CTO and CCO (respectively) of Croteam, are delivering a postmortem of development on their IGF award-nominated game The Talos Principle at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Get an inside look at The Long Dark and This War Of Mine at GDC  
by Staff [01.30.15]
GDC officials highlight great GDC 2015 talks from the developers of This War Of Mine and The Long Dark about the art of making great indie games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Road to the IGF: Justin Smith's Desert Golfing Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [01.29.15]
Continuing our Road to the IGF series of interviews with nominees, we speak to Desert Golfing creator Justin Smith about his Nuovo Award-nominated surprise hit, an infinite and improbable existential cruise.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, IGF

Creating a user-generated chain story: A Global Game Jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [01.29.15]
Lessons learned when one developer worked through his fears to create Escalate! -- a collaborative storytelling game where the next person to pick up the game branches its story and adds their own touch.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

UX insights: How King is shaping the future of match-3 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.29.15]
A user experience designer takes a close look at how King is shaping the future of match-3 UI/UX, from gameplay to purchase options -- with its soft-launched Pepper Panic Saga.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Horror in the Making: How Red Barrels outlasted Outlast 4
by Philippe Morin [01.29.15]
Development of Red Barrels' Outlast was as intense -- and at times as horrifying -- as the game itself. Studio co-founder Philippe Morin writes about the ups, downs, and ultimate success of the survival horror game.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The top 10 weird children of games and neuroscience 26
by Erin Robinson [01.28.15]
In this classic 2011 feature, indie game developer and former neuroscience researcher Erin Robinson takes a look at ten particularly interesting studies to see what they can teach us as game makers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

5 'small but important' tips gleaned from the Global Game Jam 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.28.15]
"Realizing these aspects of game jams helped us a lot, so maybe it will help you too," writes Donald Kooiker, Global Game Jam participant from two-person team Duckbridge.
Indie, Design, Production

A diary of compromises: The process of making Girl's Flu for Global Game Jam  
by Gamasutra Community [01.28.15]
One Global Game Jam participant looks back at the process involved in creating Girl's Flu, a 2D adventure game.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Drool's Thumper  
by Phill Cameron [01.28.15]
Marc Flury and Brian Gibson of Drool detail how they made the powerful audio of their IGF nominated game, Thumper.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design

Game Design Deep Dive: The unique touchscreen action game controls of Helix 5
by Michael Brough [01.28.15]
Michael Brough, creator of games including 868-HACK and Corrypt, explains how he arrived at the unique control scheme of his iOS action game Helix.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Get a job: Monolith Productions seeks a Lead Designer, Narrative  
by Staff [01.27.15]
Award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor devs are hiring a lead designer for the narrative on its next project -- to take the game's story from conception to execution.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: When AAA developers went indie to make Endless Space 8
by Jeff Spock [01.27.15]
Amplitude, creators of the space-based 4X indie game Endless Space, reflect on the game's journey from conception in a 4th-floor Paris apartment (no elevator) in 2011 to its final 2012 release.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Making mobile games in the era of the the 30-second hook  
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.15]
"We discovered is that the first 30 seconds are the most crucial. That became our most pressing concern -- how could we banish these preconceptions that our game was more than just a small experience on repeat?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Learn to write better sex, liars and mobile games at GDC 2015 1
by Staff [01.27.15]
How to write better sex, liars and mobile games: GDC officials highlight a handful of great narrative-focused GDC 2015 talks.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Video blog: The characteristics of game boards 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.15]
"While we usually think of boards in conjunction with boardgames, many video games also use the equivalent of boards, 'fields of maneuver.'" This video-led post dives right into this rich seam of game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design