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Blog: Could streaming copyrighted content soon be made a felony? 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"Recent comments by the acting deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division make it clear that there is a push for harsher penalties for streaming copyrighted material."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Finding the beat in Crypt of the NecroDancer Exclusive 8
by Ryan Clark [09.17.14]
Brace Yourself Games launched its rhythm-based roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer earlier this year. Here, creator Ryan Clark explains how he stumbled upon -- and carefully tweaked -- the game's signature beat mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game jams aside, itch.io's doing brisk business distributing games 1
by Christian Nutt [09.16.14]
The popular site, perhaps best known as a free portal to host game jams, is beefing up its free indie marketplace offerings -- and has broken down its stats in incredible detail.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: One player is enough, or handling feedback 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"I discovered a notification letter from one of the websites with a comment about the game. This was the comment that settled my perspective on the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Devs don't market games the way they'd like, says GDC Next survey 2
by Staff [09.16.14]
The results of GDC Next featuring ADC's discoverability survey reveal several fascinating trends in the way that modern game makers handle their marketing and community outreach efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to shoot photographs for better 2D in-game art 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"If you’re living in a big city, Beijing, Paris, Prague, you will not be short of museums. These are good places to hunt good antique pictures."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Blog: A.I. Lessons: The cost of memories 20
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"At this rate a year in-game would take about 2000 megabytes or 2 gigabytes and 50 years in-game would take about 100 gigabytes. This is just for about 7 characters."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
20 "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Ludum Dare organizer ponders the game jam's future 7
by Mike Rose [09.16.14]
As the latest results of popular game jam Ludum Dare are revealed, the organizer of the jam has admitted that the movement has simply become too big for him to handle as a side-project anymore.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Developers react: Microsoft buys Mojang 4
by Christian Nutt [09.15.14]
We took to Twitter to see what the game development community had to say about the $2.5 billion dollar deal between the Swedish indie studio and the massive software company.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter launches in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland  
by Christian Nutt [09.15.14]
You can start building your projects now for launch on October 21; for the rest of us, it's time to start backing campaigns in kronor, kroner and euros.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The fundamental pillars of a good combat system 26
by Sébastien Lambottin [09.15.14]
"With the help of other designers, I have decided to gather and formalize what knowledge I can on the fundamental rules in designing a combat system. This article is the result of that exercise."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: How I killed the joy of video games 33
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
"Out of everything I could say, the concept of how making games fundamentally changes someone’s enjoyment of them is the most difficult to express."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Can you use another game’s trademarked name to describe your own? 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
"When advertising a new game, it can be easier to use the title of those other games in the description. However, when those other game names are trademarks, this could potentially lead to problems."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

When Shining Force meets Cannon Fodder: The design of Squids 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
Emeric Thoa, creative director at The Game Bakers, explains the design decisions behind turned-based tactical RPG, Squids.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

'What value do you see in game jams? What have you learned?' 4
by Christian Nutt [09.12.14]
They're increasingly popular and seemingly going on all the time. What value do they hold for game developers? We asked our readers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Redshirt, Hack 'N' Slash among this year's IndieCade finalists 2
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
This year the IndieCade officials have nominated 36 indie titles for awards, including games from Double Fine, DigiPen, Deirdra "Squinky" Kiai and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

What to steal from Destiny’s UI 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"This isn’t a review, I’m not a critic, just noticed a bunch of clever stuff that wouldn’t be hard to duplicate on an indie budget. Polish costs time, but my goodness does a game benefit from it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Quick tips: Finding the core gameplay 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"One of the biggest challenges in designing a new system is to establish a solid core to build the game upon. I usually start by searching for a solid core system that could sustain the entire game going forward."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Story in games - Speaking through song  
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"Worldbuilding is something I try to push a lot when it comes to audio, and there are a few different elements that I consider when doing so."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design