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Richard Garriott launches a dev contest (but there's a bit of a catch) 24
by Alex Wawro [04.16.14]
Richard Garriott wants a modern-day port of his teletype RPG D&D #1, and to get it he's asking developers to compete to see who can port it best.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

NEA awards grants to Games for Change and other game-related nonprofits  
by Alex Wawro [04.16.14]
A number of game industry organizations will be receiving financial grants from the National Endowment for the Arts this spring, including Games for Change and a number of educational programs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Choice Chamber an uncommon mix of new ways to fund and play games Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [04.16.14]
Gamasutra caught up with Mike Molinari to learn more about how the burgeoning notoriety of his Kickstarter campaign for Choice Chamber has affected its development.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Exclusive, Video

GDC Europe 2014 opens registration, continues call for papers  
by GDC Staff [04.16.14]
You can now register early at a discounted rate to attend this year's GDC Europe, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13. Also, you still have time to submit talk proposals for the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

The next step for Twitch: Selling games via the streaming platform 3
by Mike Rose [04.16.14]
A landmark moment for video game broadcasting company Twitch today: You can now buy Vlambeer's latest game Nuclear Throne directly through Twitch, the first game to be available for purchase through the service.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Organizing yourself when overwhelmed 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.14]
"I'm not writing this to give you a fail-safe solution. I don't even have a solution. I'm just going to argue a bit how first trying to organize yourself can help your efficiency through the day."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

What's the state of patents on VR controllers? 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.14]
Attorney Dat Nguyen researches the current patent holders on technologies that apply to VR controllers -- and suggests what might happen in the space thanks to that.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Canabalt creator rides the wave of indie publishing, collaboration Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [04.16.14]
Adam Saltsman has always been a man of many hats, but with his latest venture Finji, an indie game publisher-cum-collaborator, he's now essentially evolved into a human hat stand.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Cube & Star - An arbitrary postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"The game wasn't designed for sale or critical attention. It wasn't designed with any overt rules or goals. It was a zen little garden with which I could explore some concepts and enjoy the process of development."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Getting Oculus VR immersion right, with Please Don't, Spacedog! 2
by John Polson [04.15.14]
"Everyone else is doing immersion wrong," says Please Don't, Spacedog! developer G.P. Lackey. His game uses an Oculus and MIDI controller combination to confront players with unfamiliar territory.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

6 tips to make your backlog lean 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"A large backlog is a problem. A fat backlog will impede innovation and cause a frustration. Is our ability to generate ideas paradoxically one of the biggest impediments for new ideas?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

The thinking behind the design: 1 turn = 1 year in Hero Generations 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"Very simply, rules and constraints in games are the engine that create challenge and choice. Making choices, and overcoming challenges are what lead to fun, 'a-ha' moments, and joy."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GaymerX2 will be the final GaymerX -- for the foreseeable future 3
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Organizers of the annual GaymerX convention plan to discontinue the event after GaymerX2, which will still take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco July 11 - 13, 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Evolution Games offers coaching from top game schools  
by Sponsor [04.14.14]
Evolution Games, a ground-breaking new platform allowing indie game developers to compete for cash prizes up to $10,000. It is an exclusive opportunity to get FREE global exposure and useable feedback
Indie, Sponsored Article

Blog - Building it big: Hundreds of billions of worlds 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"I decided it would be an MMO, I'd work on it alone, and we would have the entire Milky Way modeled in the game, as closely as we could."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Crafting To Leave, an autobiographical indie game from Ecuador Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Upcoming indie puzzle-platformer To Leave was built a team of student developers, and purports to be the first PSN game based on original IP to ever come out of Ecuador.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: The story of Cave Story, as told by its creator  
by Staff [04.14.14]
Cave Story creator Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya shares his game development philosophy and shows the beta version of Cave Story during a postmortem presentation on the game at GDC 2011.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault, GDC

Blog: Crunch - It's all your fault 19
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
Crunch is less a word and more of an institution. We crunch because it is the personification of what we've been told our entire lives; if we work hard enough, anything is possible.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Georgia passes law offering $25 million in video game tax breaks 21
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Georgia state governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that aims to provide $25 million in tax breaks for video game developers in the region, including companies like Hi-Rez Studios and CCP Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Touchscreen ninja action game Shadow Blade 9
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"The main design goal for Shadow Blade was to create a platformer for mobile devices that would embrace touch controls as much as possible."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing