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Towerfall Ascension, and what character choices mean to players 6
by Christian Nutt [04.17.15]
A look at Towerfall Ascension's diverse but mechanically indistinguishable roster, and why player choice matters -- including some observations from developer Matt Thorson.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

'Where do you make your games?' 1
by Christian Nutt [04.17.15]
We have a diverse crowd making games these days -- so why not take a look at their workspaces?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Escher-esque Relativity is the latest game backed by Indie Fund 1
by Alex Wawro [04.17.15]
The folks at Indie Fund have announced that Chicago-based artist Willy Chyr's M.C. Escher-like puzzle game Relativity ​will be the latest title to receive financial support from the company.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

A Tale of Tales on the politics and interior design of Sunset  
by Konstantinos Dimopoulos [04.17.15]
Longtime indie developer Auriea Harvey speaks to our sister site about the design, goals and politics of Tale of Tales' upcoming first-person game Sunset.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Analysis: The top 20 games on Twitch in March 2015 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.15]
An analysis of what people are watching on the popular streaming platform, and how much of it -- both games and platforms -- using real data scraped from the site.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Distributing your game via CDN: Now attainable by indies! 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.15]
Independent MMO creator Robert Basler looked into CloudFlare and Amazon for distributing his game client to players -- and found a workable, flexible solution.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: The most important reason to register your copyrights  
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.15]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck: "The catch here is that you donít have to just register your copyright -- you need to register it either BEFORE the infringement began, or within three months."
Indie, Business/Marketing

The state of Spain's indie scene, according to a local dev  
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.15]
A look at one of Europe's local scenes: "This crossroad of a booming indie scene, a low level of English speakers, and a strong consumer market that naturally causes an increase in the number of developers."
Indie, Business/Marketing

How to make a Rapture 9
by Christian Nutt [04.17.15]
Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room's new first-person experience is set in a quaint town where everyone's disappeared. The developer talks here about prototyping and delivering story-as-gameplay.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Design, doubt, and the scientific method  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
"A problem I frequently face when designing a new game is intense anxiety from not having answers to all its design problems at all times. It's a cycle of obnoxious mood swings."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Implementing an open-world isometric game engine on a block-world design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
One develoment approach for isometric, voxel-based world from an indie: "Algorithms and solutions I discovered during my final exams in school and improved in the last two years."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The demands of porting Unity-based Teslagrad and its physics to Vita and beyond 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
"The Vita version is resulting the most demanding version so far, but all this chaos offer a bright side too: this version benefits from optimizations made for the PS3 and PS4 platforms."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Minimum sustainable success 18
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
Spry Fox's Daniel Cook offers a wake-up call to independent developers who think they can live project-to-project and make it in the long run. Here's what it really takes to sustain your studio.
Indie, Business/Marketing

The problems with weak game industry ecosystems 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
A laundry list of the challenges facing developers who operate in countries with weak game development ecosystems, written by a Turkish developer.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Advice from my decade-long journey in the indie game industry 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"Looking back on things, I couldíve learned a lot more about the games industry much quicker if I had just gotten a job at a studio or press website instead of creating my own jobs along the way."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

How to identify the YouTubers you want to target with your game  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"When evaluating a YouTube channel you look at subscriptions obviously. However, what you do next is you check all of the Social Media channels that the YouTuber you are interested in is active on."
Indie, Business/Marketing

AI hiding among AI: Chris Hecker on SpyParty's devious single-player  
by Phill Cameron [04.15.15]
We talk to Chris Hecker about the surprising choice to make a single-player mode for his player vs player game of deception and suspicion, Spyparty.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Overcoming floating point precision errors 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"We have now overcome floating point precision problems and moved on to other things ... we hope that this in some way may help any other teams looking to obliterate the invisible wall."
Indie, Programming

U.S. government backs summit to unite teachers and game makers 7
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
The U.S. Dept. of Education will help host the first-ever "Games for Learning Summit" to try and bring educators and developers together to discuss how to best design games for use in the classroom.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How game developers come to grips with self-promotion Exclusive 17
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.15]
In 2014, Gamasutra spoke at length with developers who have been forced to acclimate to a world where they have to market their own games, do their own press outreach, and create their own materials.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive