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Speeding up your marketing by using templates: A quick guide  
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
"Using templates still requires a good deal of energy and learning to get right, but often times, they multiply the quality of the outcome if you hadn't used templates."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Congratulations! You're a game dev lead...Now what? 20
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
A guide from Insomniac's Mike Acton: "Congratulations! Youíre a lead. Now what? In general, whatever skills youíve demonstrated that got you to this point arenít the same things youíll be doing from here on out."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Game as memorial: That Dragon, Cancer developer reflects  
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
"'Why should you get to memorialize your son in this way?' 'What about all the other families and children who have suffered?' 'What makes you so special?' The answer is, of course, nothing." - Ryan Green
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Nintendo won't fund your indie game, but promote it? Sure! 2
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
"Really, our point of differentiation is on the relationships that we build with those guys. We invest a lot of time and energy and internal resources supporting these guys."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Everybody is stupid in some respect, or why game music sucks 38
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"Programming is hard, sound and music are hard. They're hard in different ways. If you don't think they're hard, you've never had to produce something genuinely good in those fields."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Production

Horror game design can be scary 18
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"We are still confident this game will turn out to be something special; we have to bury some old skeletons in the ground and refresh the game with some clear goals."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

A list of free, critical games 6
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"The beauty of short form critical games is that they deliver their message before overstaying their welcome. And most of them provide insights into alternatives to accepted norms."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Looking back at XBLIG: The do-it-yourself console marketplace Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
What happened to the Xbox Live Indie Game developers? What did they learn from working with the Xbox 360-based marketplace, and the XNA dev tool? We ask them.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Using biofeedback, games might go from escapist to introspective 7
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
In an interview with RPS, SoundSelf designer Robin Arnott ruminates on how incorporating biofeedback data like breathing patterns or heart rate into game design might change the industry.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

ESA: U.S. game industry grew 4x faster than the national economy 2
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
The ESA reports the United States video game industry is growing faster than the national average, though it has slowed in the past decade and remains unevenly consolidated in a handful of states.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Making the jump from video game to physical game design  
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"The latest mountain i scaled was launching LockQuest, a brand new real escape the room game company in Toronto. It's probably the most difficult thing i've done in my entire life."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Studio behind Stealth Bastard tries its hand at open development Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.11.14]
British developer/publisher Curve Digital has got a new game in the works -- it's first "fresh" project since 2011's Stealth Bastard -- and it's already looking rather fine.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Rendering a realistic-looking, varied crowd 6
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"I wanted to draw a huge amount of characters in the crowd, with sufficient visual variety that they looked like a crowd of individuals as opposed to multiple copies."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art

Blog: Follow the code 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"Follow your code to conclusion as soon as you can. Create the stovepipe from coals to smoke, that guarantee that your entire system works end-to-end as soon as possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Press X to Pay Respects 1
by Eric Swain [11.10.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Eric Swain on topics ranging the critical reception to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to a different look at Bayonetta 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Going beyond graphics to reach visually impaired players  
by Staff [11.10.14]
A group of developers and advocates join together to share advice at GDC 2014 on how developers can make games that are accessible and appealing to a vastly underserved market: the visually impaired.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The secrets of promotion for indies 36
by Erik Sebellin-Ross [11.10.14]
Independent marketing consultant Erik Sebellin-Ross specializes in the game industry, and in this classic guide he offers practical advice for promoting your indie game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Indie incubator Execution Labs nets $5.3M to fund more developers  
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
Montreal-based indie incubator Execution Labs has raised an additional $6 million Canadian ($5.3 million USD) to fund the expansion of both its staff and its services to game makers worldwide.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo rally behind new game awards show 12
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
Geoff Keighley is planning to produce The Game Awards, a new industry event that will see its debut broadcast live from Las Vegas this December with support from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Using Scrum to design player emotions 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.14]
"You can reuse your Scrum skills in different guises throughout the entire brainstorming and design process. Donít limit yourself to using Scrum in development. Use it wherever you find it usable."
Indie, Design