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The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 35
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

Tutorials, tips, and text in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
A tutorial on coding text and tips that aren't obtrusive: "any text or tips appear or disappear from non-intrusive areas of the screen at various times, and will never pause or slow down the game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Google Play Games SDK adds local multiplayer  
by Christian Nutt [10.17.14]
Google's game development tools get an upgrade for local matchmaking -- across all platforms supported by its tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

New Hampshire indies team up to build a local game dev incubator  
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
A group of New England indie developers are working to open Game Assembly, a co-working space and incubator program for game developers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Indies, resist the urge to 'juice it or lose it' 4
by Staff [10.17.14]
Independent game maker Folmer Kelly explains why developers might want to avoid the temptation to "juice up" their games, especially when it comes at the expense of player immersion.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

What we can learn from teens making games 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"It is clear to us at foundry10 that game creation holds incredible value to students, if done right. But what is 'right' when each learner is different?"
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Student/Education

Four lessons for building a better community 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
A look back at a game festival from its organizer, Jaime Woo: "I want to use this space to share four key lessons I learned throughout the process of crafting and shaping Gamercamp."
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Randomness and game design 57
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
On not introducing randomness into your game's design: "I believe the current assumptions with regard to randomness in strategy games are largely wrong."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Indie game analytics 101: Intro to terms 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"Game analytics are vital on both a business and creative perspective. Iíll cover the top 5 most important terms and offer insights to allow future conversations or research."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The charming heart of darkness: Former Spec Ops team's Curious Expedition 3
by Leigh Alexander [10.17.14]
Former Spec Ops: The Line developers are building a charming roguelike hybrid about the great explorers of the 19th century -- and building an indie game is a new adventure for this former AAA team, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

'Speak up against the harassment of women' 284
by Kris Graft [10.16.14]
Feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian, in a front page article in The New York Times, insisted that those in the video game industry publicly denounce harassment of women in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity and Google address dev concerns in GDC Next sponsored talks 2
by Staff [10.16.14]
With weeks to go until GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC takes place in L.A., here are a few of the most useful sponsored sessions from major companies that developers should check out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Things every game trailer should do 33
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"It is my hope that this article will help indie developers understand what impression their trailers are leaving on viewers and how to make them better."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Amid GamerGate controversy, ESA speaks out against harassment in game industry 31
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
The American trade organization for the game industry -- whose major members include companies such as EA, Epic Games, and Sony -- has spoken out against online harassment campaigns.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Turning your jam game into a polished release  
by Staff [10.15.14]
Indie developers Mattia Traverso and Alan Zucconi got a friend to make a game during their talk at GDC Europe 2014 about how you can go about turning game jam games into releasable titles.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

400,000 views later, Tobias dev lauds the supportive game industry 4
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
Earlier this year, a game called Tobias and the Dark Sceptres turned hundreds of thousands of heads, as a relatively unknown developer offered up the game he had been working on for the last 13 years.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Puzzle & Dragons dev opens indie game showcase alongside GDC Next  
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
GungHo is offering indies a chance to showcase their games during its inaugural Indie Games Live event in L.A. this November, a short distance away from the concurrent GDC Next developer conference.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Team project: The survival guide 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A post "covering some of the main killers of collaborative projects I've seen in the past" from regular game jammer and developer Alex Johansson.
Console/PC, Indie, Production