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How Australia's indie scene is rising from the ashes of AAA development  
by Alex Wawro [04.21.16]
A recent Polygon report sheds light on how some developers are banding together to try and make their own things instead of chasing after outsourced work from offshore publishers.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills 47
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.16]
Sure, there are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; but this classic post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Creating co-op experiences that make sense to players  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.16]
"In the end, to create a true co-op experience we believe you need to consider the narrative, mechanics and progression and make your players equally important throughout your experience."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Tips to boost your game performance in Unity 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.16]
"Game performance is one of the most important aspects of game development (apart from reducing build size). While working on serious projects, the price of the code must be considered as well."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

This week in video game blogging: Pacing, flow and education  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.16]
Our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zoya Street on how game designers can think about user experience.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How to leverage custom shaders in your game  
by Gamasutra Community [04.20.16]
"How do you take your game to the next level of visual appeal and make it more engaging and delightful? Creating a custom shader could be extremely helpful here."
Indie, Programming, Art

15 of Gamasutra's best articles over the last quarter 3
by Kris Graft [04.20.16]
Hey readers! I realize that often some of Gamasutra's best blogs and articles get buried over the course of time, so I figure it's worthwhile to start highlighting some of our best recently-published articles.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

YouTuber contact list for game developers 27
by Gamasutra Community [04.20.16]
"Last year I worked super hard on a project called YouTube For Indies where I gathered contact information for over 1400 accounts." Here's "the last, updated version."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Now we're talking business 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.16]
A post on the pain of discussing financial numbers as an indie: "All-in-all, looking at this, the numbers are a doable challenge. One that will keep me sleepless for some weeks to come."
Indie, Business/Marketing

The importance of presentation in games and how to strengthen it 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.16]
"Perhaps the biggest boon video games have as an interactive medium is that they are capable of utilizing their numerous components to craft a multilayered experience that enraptures players and holds their attention in the long run."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Getting started creating editor extensions in Unity 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.16]
Want to customize the Unity engine? Here's a quick guide on how to get started, complete with sample code and specific things you can try.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

A critical review of the Games 4Diversity jam 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.16]
"I had a good time with friends and fellow developers. Yet, I do think it is important to also critically look at what this jam, and jams like it, achieve. Are they successful in their purpose, and do they reach the intended goals?"
Indie, Business/Marketing

Q&A: The guns and dungeons of Enter the Gungeon 2
by Tim W. [04.19.16]
"The biggest challenges for making a procedural dungeon are 1) making it fun but fair, and 2) giving it a sense of structure. I like to say that we tried to teach our game to make Zelda dungeons."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Blog: Why a swear-word filter first? My unusual development priorities 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.16]
"I've prioritized some unusual aspects of my game over developing gameplay features or producing content: a swear-word filter, menus, and a tutorial. Those are all things that usually tend to get taken care of at the end of production."
Indie, Production

Don't miss: How long game developers actually work 2
by Marie-Josée Legault, Johanna Weststar [04.18.16]
A decade's worth of information on how long developers really work -- culled from surveys given to game developers and interviews with them, as crunched by two academics who know the subject well.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Next-level 2D lighting 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.16]
"The progress of my research in interactive Global Illumination (GI) for two-dimensional (2D) games will be discussed, and one particular method will be explained namely, Signed Distance Fields (SDF)."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art

Making your game stand out with Cortana on Windows 10 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.16]
"Cortana gives us the best personal assistant money can buy, but the system also offers a very extensive speech system that is available to us humble developers. Using the power of Cortana, we can bring the full power of speech to our games."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

GameStop announces publishing division GameTrust  
by Bryant Francis [04.18.16]
Gamestop signs Insomniac Games, Ready at Dawn, Tequila Works, and Frozenbyte to new publishing division GameTrust. VP Mark Stanley explains what this initiative means for game distribution.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Ark dev settles lawsuit over game's origins and staff 3
by Alex Wawro [04.15.16]
This week Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard agreed to settle a contentious lawsuit with Trendy Entertainment owner Insight Ventures for an undisclosed sum.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Rocket League's road from cult classic to surprise success  
by Staff [04.15.16]
At GDC 2016, Psyonix design director Corey Davis stepped up to the stage to share examples of how the Rocket League team avoided screwing up what evolved into a simple, but deep, experience.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault