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Avoiding 'traps' in RPG game mechanic design 19
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
How to avoid making "traps" -- defined as "a mechanic purposefully or accidentally designed to look beneficial to the player but doesn’t provide appropriate benefit."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Surveying game audio professionals - the results  
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"Compensation had two definite peaks, one at around $55,000 and one around $110,000. We believe this reflects the premium that top composers and sound designers with the right skills and knowledge can demand."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Business/Marketing

Blog: Non-player-centric games 17
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"I believe we need more games that are environmental/world and plot driven -- games where the player character isn’t the hero, nor does the story or world bend for them or wait for them."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Taking stock of Darknet, a VR work-in-progress  
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"Working alone is a sure way to lose perspective on your work, and I’ve been cloistered on Darknet for months. Over the past week, I was suddenly hit with an avalanche of external feedback."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Stealth multiplayer game Monaco sells 1 million 1
by Mike Rose [09.10.14]
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, the stealth action game from Pocketwatch games that launched last year, has sold over 1 million copies.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: The digging mechanic in SteamWorld Dig Exclusive 2
by Olle Håkansson [09.10.14]
Image & Form released SteamWorld Dig in August 2013. Here, the team describes the process it went through in designing the main mechanic of the game, which (as you may have guessed) is the digging.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Blog: An open letter to Microsoft about indie games 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
"MS led the pack with bringing indies onto consoles in a big way with XBLIG. We’re just hoping that it can continue into the current generation a bit larger that it is so far."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Next adds talks on Skulls of the Shogun and community design  
by Staff [09.09.14]
Skulls of the Shogun programming wizard Borut Pfeifer and veteran community manager Matt Fairchild join the speaker lineup at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

It's in the eyes: Participating in an eye-tracking tech game jam 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
The challenges and opportunities of trying to develop a game that uses eye-tracking tech as one of its control mechanics -- how to design for that, and how players interact with it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Kickstarter numbers breakdown: One-developer studio edition 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
"I ran a 30 day Kickstarter for my cyberpunk 2D shooter Contract Work; it finished just over it's goal of $5000 with 110 backers."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Achieving high-speed, precise, 2D gameworld interaction in Velocity 2X 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
Interaction with a high-speed, 2D world -- how do you achieve it, and make it feel right? The Velocity 2X developers share their secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

White House holds educational game jam 6
by Christian Nutt [09.08.14]
This weekend, the White House invited game developers -- from independents to well-known studios -- to come, make, and present educational games.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Twitch CEO: Website is a 'native advertising unit' for games 1
by Christian Nutt [09.08.14]
Streamers sell games, and Twitch knows this -- as CEO Emmet Shear's comments today clearly indicate. But don't expect the site to change to an Amazon-powered e-commerce platform.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Clash of clones and the importance of standing out 1
by Staff [09.08.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester explained the business advantages of originality, how to find and express your vision, why passion is unclonable, and the power of community.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Why working on a game with another person is awesome 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
"If you team up with another person, you get 50% of the pie, but it's a much tastier pie. Even though you have to give up profits, the difference that makes to the quality of the game offsets the money you would lose."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

You should crack open my game 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
"It's been suggested to me several times that I should do something to encrypt playerdata.xml, which contains all of the player's unlocks, high scores, and stats. I don't agree, though."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

GDC 2015 reveals new Summits and opens call for papers  
by Staff [09.08.14]
The GDC 2015 call for lectures and panels for topic-specific Summits focused on eSports, indie games, community management, free-to-play, narrative, mobile, and education ends 10/3.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game feel tips: More on smooth movement 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
A demo to illustrate what it means to have "good movement feel" in a game -- "it’s just too hard to make your case about game feel with just words or a video - you just have to make it playable to get your point across."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Showing your game at PAX Prime: A conference postmortem 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
"Having a 'let's just wing it' mentality helps a lot with complex logistics. Have a general idea of what your day will look like, and take the opportunities presented to adapt on the way."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: The Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit and how it could affect the industry 16
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
"If you’re like the hundreds of angry gamers on the internet, you’re probably just shrugging your shoulders and saying 'Gearbox deserves it.' You shouldn’t be saying this. If you’re making games, you should be concerned."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing