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Game Design Deep Dive: The Functions of Transistor 9
by Amir Rao [01.22.15]
Supergiant launched its atmospheric action game Transistor last year. Here, developer Amir Rao explains the inspiration and design of the game's deceptively simple Function ability system.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Don't Miss: 7 truths about indie game development 42
by Gamasutra Community [01.21.15]
If you think you're going to make one game and hit it out of the park creatively and financially, think again. If you're in it for the long haul, writes Sarah Woodrow, you have a chance to make it.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

8 successful Octodad dev decisions you probably shouldn't copy 6
by Alex Wawro [01.20.15]
Young Horses' Kevin Geisler shares tongue-in-cheek "tips" for game developers about things you probably shouldn't do -- but that totally worked out during development of Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
Indie, Design

Human Element developer Robotoki shutters its doors 2
by Alex Wawro [01.20.15]
L.A.-based indie studio Robotoki will cease operations and place all development on hiatus, according to studio founder Robert Bowling.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Just over 24 hours left to register early for GDC 2015 1
by Staff [01.20.15]
With just over a day left until early registration for GDC 2015 ends on January 21, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at the discounted rate.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

80 Days and Kitty Powers join GDC 2015 Indie Games Summit lineup  
by Staff [01.20.15]
GDC officials highlight a pair of great GDC 2015 talks from the developers of 80 Days and Kitty Powers' Matchmaker in advance of the deadline for discounted early registration for the show.
Indie, Design, GDC

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Coming Out on Top to Commander Shepard's Origin Story 1
by Johnny Kilhefner [01.19.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Johnny Kilhefner on topics ranging from black and queer representation in games to what it means if Mass Effect's Commander Shepard was originally a woman.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Why an Apple-featured indie dev abandoned iOS in favor of PC Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [01.19.15]
"I finally gave up on iOS after I got a 'Best New Games' feature and saw how little revenue that actually brought in. The risk/reward profile was just terrible."
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Overcoming Impostor's Syndrome 37
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.15]
"You realize that you dont deserve to be here. You do not belong. You see amazing, talented people with more experience and talent, and you know you arent qualified to work in their industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Adding static water with pixel art and 3D in Unity 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.15]
In Okhlos, we try to blend pixel art with a low poly aesthetic, but we also use shadows, HDR, bloom, and lots of "new" effects - just because we can!
Indie, Art

How we unbroke our crafting system 6
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.15]
The crafting system we had constructed alternated between being boring and overwhelming. To solve this HORRIBLE problem, we first had to examine why this might be the case.
Indie, Design

As the game market floods, are publishers back in style? 9
by Kris Graft [01.19.15]
Some data from a recent Game Developers Conference State of the Industry survey has got me thinking about trends in self-publishing.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

'Has making games gotten easier or harder as you get older? Why?' 7
by Alex Wawro [01.16.15]
As the game industry matures, developers must balance the demands of their careers with the realities of growing older. Gamasutra asks its Twitter followers whether things get easier -- or harder.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why I said goodbye to mobile in favor of PC 209
by Gamasutra Community [01.16.15]
"I am fed up with the whole mobile/tablet gaming market. Ive worked hard for three years and released two games to almost every mobile device you can think of. Never again."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: There and Dad Again, an Octodad: Dadliest Catch postmortem  
by Staff [01.16.15]
At GDC Next 2014, Young Horses cofounders Phil Tibitoski and John Murphy discussed the methods they used to create a successful [joke] game, work better as a team, and learn to love again.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

GDC poll suggests most game developers still rely on self-funding  
by Staff [01.16.15]
Big VC windfalls and crowdfunding successes make the headlines, but the majority of developers still fund their work using either their companys existing warchest or their own personal funds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Alt.Ctrl.GDC alternative input exhibit reveals GDC game lineup  
by Staff [01.16.15]
Out of over 100 submissions, Game Developers Conference 2015 organizers have chosen 15 teams for the return of alt.ctrl.GDC, an on-site exhibit of alternative control schemes and games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Commissioning an artist 10
by Gamasutra Community [01.16.15]
About six months ago I posted on the deviantart.com "job offers" forum that I was looking to hire an artist. I received close to a hundred replies.
Indie, Art

Beyond strategy: Catching up with Amplitude Studios and Endless Legend 7
by Leigh Alexander [01.16.15]
We catch up with Amplitude Studios, the versatile and surprising team behind Endless Legend -- a visually-lovely and lifelike strategy experience that goes far beyond the genre's traditional appeal.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

10 quotes every game developer should remember 12
by Alex Wawro [01.15.15]
From Carmack to Wallick to the makers of Monument Valley, here are ten nuggets of timeless advice from game developers across the industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing