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The state of Spain's indie scene, according to a local dev 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.15]
A look at one of Europe's local scenes: "This crossroad of a booming indie scene, a low level of English speakers, and a strong consumer market that naturally causes an increase in the number of developers."
Indie, Business/Marketing

How to make a Rapture 10
by Christian Nutt [04.17.15]
Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room's new first-person experience is set in a quaint town where everyone's disappeared. The developer talks here about prototyping and delivering story-as-gameplay.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Design, doubt, and the scientific method 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
"A problem I frequently face when designing a new game is intense anxiety from not having answers to all its design problems at all times. It's a cycle of obnoxious mood swings."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Implementing an open-world isometric game engine on a block-world design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
One develoment approach for isometric, voxel-based world from an indie: "Algorithms and solutions I discovered during my final exams in school and improved in the last two years."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The demands of porting Unity-based Teslagrad and its physics to Vita and beyond 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
"The Vita version is resulting the most demanding version so far, but all this chaos offer a bright side too: this version benefits from optimizations made for the PS3 and PS4 platforms."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Minimum sustainable success 26
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.15]
Spry Fox's Daniel Cook offers a wake-up call to independent developers who think they can live project-to-project and make it in the long run. Here's what it really takes to sustain your studio.
Indie, Business/Marketing

The problems with weak game industry ecosystems 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
A laundry list of the challenges facing developers who operate in countries with weak game development ecosystems, written by a Turkish developer.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Advice from my decade-long journey in the indie game industry 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"Looking back on things, I couldíve learned a lot more about the games industry much quicker if I had just gotten a job at a studio or press website instead of creating my own jobs along the way."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

How to identify the YouTubers you want to target with your game  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"When evaluating a YouTube channel you look at subscriptions obviously. However, what you do next is you check all of the Social Media channels that the YouTuber you are interested in is active on."
Indie, Business/Marketing

AI hiding among AI: Chris Hecker on SpyParty's devious single-player  
by Phill Cameron [04.15.15]
We talk to Chris Hecker about the surprising choice to make a single-player mode for his player vs player game of deception and suspicion, Spyparty.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Overcoming floating point precision errors 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.15]
"We have now overcome floating point precision problems and moved on to other things ... we hope that this in some way may help any other teams looking to obliterate the invisible wall."
Indie, Programming

U.S. government backs summit to unite teachers and game makers 8
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
The U.S. Dept. of Education will help host the first-ever "Games for Learning Summit" to try and bring educators and developers together to discuss how to best design games for use in the classroom.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How game developers come to grips with self-promotion Exclusive 17
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.15]
In 2014, Gamasutra spoke at length with developers who have been forced to acclimate to a world where they have to market their own games, do their own press outreach, and create their own materials.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Molleindustria's Pedercini appreciates the art history of games  
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
In a DiGRA keynote address, game maker, artist and educator Paolo Pedercini sheds light on how games were appreciated as artistic works long before anyone was talking about Roger Ebert or Bioshock.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Adding debt to your daily Scrum 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.15]
"After being stung by it a few times... Iíve added a fourth question that everyone is expected to answer in daily Standups: What debt have I incurred?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

X-Wing and Mechwarrior makers unite to launch a new studio  
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
David Wessman, Jack Mamais & Coray Seifert take the wraps off their new studio, which aims to build "hardcore multiplayer experiences" for contemporary platforms, including virtual reality headsets.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Making babies in Hero Generations Exclusive 2
by Scott Brodie [04.14.15]
Heart Shaped Games founder Scott Brodie digs into the prototyping and fine-tuning that went into the design of the hereditary traits and genealogy systems at play in his game Hero Generations.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

When it's time to let your beloved design idea go  
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.15]
"This is a story about designing something, loving it, becoming blind to its faults, and eventually remaking it."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

One year in Steam Greenlight 12
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.15]
"Greenlight won't last forever, though; we hope that we'll make it onto Steam before Greenlight dies, or that we perform better in its successor program."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Why we've decided NOT to implement 3D movement in Starfall Tactics 18
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.15]
"Most people generally confuse complexity in these kinds of games with depth. Complexity, in our opinion, isn't inherently good - it's a sacrifice that you have to make sometimes in order to reach depth."
Console/PC, Indie, Design