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Road to the Student IGF: Mahdi Bahrami on Engare Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.11.14]
"Engare," Persian for "incomplete pattern," is an upcoming experiment from Mahdi Bahrami, the creator of Bo and Farsh . At only 21, this is his third nod by the Independent Games Festival.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Lords of War: The gunrunners of Counter Strike: Global Offensive Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [03.11.14]
Virtual "gunrunners" cut deals inside and outside of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's official channels. Mike Rose reports on a phenomenon only possible through a user-driven marketplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Road to the Student IGF: Black Pants' Symmetrain Exclusive  
by John Polson [03.10.14]
Following on the award-winning Tiny & Big, Black Pants' new project is the Student IGF-nominated iOS game Symmetrain.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

The Wolfram Language will soon be integrated into Unity Exclusive 42
by Mike Rose [03.10.14]
The Wolfram Language will soon be integrated directly into the Unity engine, allowing game devs to implement the language in their projects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive

MixedBag is one Italian indie studio you should keep an eye on Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [03.10.14]
In the midst of Sony scooping up intriguing indie titles left, right and center for Playstation platforms, one particular Italian studio stands out as one to watch in 2014.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Q&A: Hearthstone's small-team success at big-time Blizzard Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [03.10.14]
Hearthstone lead designer Eric Dodds shares insight into the game's design and explains how its small team signals a significant departure from Blizzard's typical approach to development.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

'What's the best game dev advice you've ever received?' Exclusive 25
by Kris Graft [03.07.14]
There's a lot of good advice out there about game development, and a lot of bad advice. Today, we took to Twitter to try to get a taste of both the best and the worst.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Citybound: One man's attempt to build a better SimCity Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [03.07.14]
The fact that Citybound creator Anselm Eickhoff found the latest SimCity underwhelming isn't surprising; what’s surprising is how he dealt with the disappointment -- by building something better.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Road to the Student IGF: Jake Muehle on Cyber Heist Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.07.14]
This asymmetrical co-op heist to erase all student debt is like two games in one, where one player engages in first-person stealth action as a thief, and the other solves puzzles and manages resources as a hacker.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Playing with time in Project Temporality Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [03.07.14]
When Niklas Hansson left Activision Blizzard subsidiary Massive Entertainment in 2008, he took a little break from video game development. But he never did lose the itch for making games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Pavilion: A gorgeous game pulled from the wreckage of a project gone awry Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [03.07.14]
When Rickard Westman and Henrik Flink first decided to make a game together, it didn't go so well. Now the pair is turning heads with its game Pavilion, an experience pulled from that initial wreckage.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Powerpuff Girls license an unexpected undertaking for Radiangames Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [03.07.14]
For anyone who follows Radiangames, his latest announcement will come as quite the surprise. For his next trick, Schneider has swapped his neon-filled blast-em-up style for... a Powerpuff Girls game?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Game Animation Bootcamp: An expert roundtable Q&A Exclusive 5
by Mike Jungbluth [03.07.14]
The game animation experts behind GDC's Animation Bootcamp answer questions from the development community. Even if you don't work directly in animation, this is worth a read.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: Paralect Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [03.06.14]
Gamasutra talks to the aptly-named Paralect Team about its Independent Games Festival-nominated Paralect, which is up for the Excellence in Narrative award.
Indie, Exclusive, Video, IGF

A Dark Room's unique journey from the web to iOS Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [03.06.14]
Leigh Alexander examines the unique, evocative A Dark Room, catching up with its creator -- and the distant collaborator passionate enough about the game's message to undertake its iOS port.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Road to the Student IGF: Gabe Cuzzillo on Foiled Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.05.14]
Local multiplayer dueler Foiled is "Super Smash Bros meets Nidhogg," with platforming influenced by Super Meat Boy, explains Foiled co-creator Gabe Cuzzillo.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Upcoming exhibition to feature China's emerging indies Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [03.05.14]
What's China's indie game scene like? Bryan Ma is curating an exhibition of Chinese art games for Babycastles in New York City, and talks to Gamasutra about some unique challenges facing the nascent space.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, China

Dan Pearce: From BAFTA Young Designer to Breakthrough Brit Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [03.05.14]
Dan Pearce is quite the rising star in the UK video game industry. Pearce won the first ever BAFTA Young Game Designers competition alongside two friends, marking the start of his development career.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Brenda Romero: What game designers can learn from Michelin chefs Exclusive 6
by Alex Wawro [03.05.14]
“We’re often forced to take something out of the oven and send it out before it’s ready. Maybe we need to adjust our recipes.” Brenda Romero shares game design tips garnered from great chefs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Q&A: How Renegade Kid quietly found success on Nintendo's eShop Exclusive 2
by Kris Ligman [03.04.14]
As Microsoft and Sony make a publish push to attract indie game devs to their consoles, Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham talks about how Nintendo's eShop is where his studio has seen its highest sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video