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Updates » Indie
On indie game pricing 33
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
Dan Adelman -- formerly Nintendo's indie guy, now a consultant to independent devs -- outlines exactly why a game like the upcoming Axiom Verge is worth $19.99, and what goes into indie pricing.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Molyneux reflects on indie dev and the rebirth of design  
by Staff [02.27.15]
At GDC 2014, 22cans founder and industry veteran Peter Molyneux talks through what he learned as a developer who "grew up indie" and worked in AAA before going indie again with 22cans.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Road to the IGF: Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.27.15]
An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack's creation, as well as its inspirations.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Exclusive, IGF

Don't Miss: The challenges of being a mom in game development Exclusive 29
by Leigh Alexander [02.27.15]
Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander talks to game developers who also happen to be mothers, about the challenges of balancing work and life, and finding success in a male-dominated industry.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Tim Schafer and Nathan Vella host next week's GDC and IGF awards  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Double Fine's Tim Schafer is set to host this year's 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2015, while Capy's Nathan Vella returns to host the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

5 essential playability-focused activities every game should budget for  
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"Here are five practical tasks that every studio -- large or small -- should be including in their game development cycle in order to improve their player experience right from the start of the project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Finish your game! 12
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"This advice is meant to be for people who have never finished a game. If you're struggling with any project, no matter how big it is, you should know your destination and how to get there."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Robot grabs minority investment from Chinese giant Tencent  
by Alex Wawro [02.27.15]
Hero Academy maker Robot Entertainment is the latest Western studio to see investment from Tencent, the China-based megacorp with significant investments in (among other things) Epic and Riot Games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't miss these standout talks during the eight GDC 2015 Summits  
by Staff [02.27.15]
As everyone prepares for the big show next week, GDC 2015 officials take a moment to highlight some of the most interesting can't-miss Summit sessions at this year's conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Prototyping modes for a competitive typing game 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.15]
"I was imagining a competitive typing game where you would face off against a friend, typing as fast as you can with words / attacks flying in both directions. I thought it to would be very interesting."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Devine Lu Linvega and Rekka Bell's Oquonie Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [02.26.15]
In this interview, we speak to Linvega and Bell about the creation of IGF Excellence in Visual Art finalist Oquonie and its cute but disquieting world.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Exclusive, IGF

Blog: Make the kinds of games you can be proud of 10
by Christian Nutt [02.26.15]
"Yesterday I started to create some pixel art mockups of how I think the game should look... And a funny thing happened. As I was doing it I realized I felt happy."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

New net neutrality rules pass, but expect a fight from ISPs 2
by Christian Nutt [02.26.15]
The FCC has decided in a split vote to enact new rules that regulate the internet -- but service providers aren't happy about the decision and are expected to sue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Darkest Dungeon, and encouraging the player to have a deep bench 6
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.15]
"What makes this system so great isn't that it makes things harder, it is that it creates more choices with unclear answers: Questions that are interesting and meaningful to the people in the game world."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: How Camouflaj saved République's Kickstarter Exclusive 27
by Ryan Payton [02.26.15]
In this classic postmortem, Camouflaj founder Ryan Payton explains what went right -- and wrong -- in the crowdfunding and development of the studio's debut stealth game République.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Never Alone leads the 2015 Games for Change award nominees  
by Alex Wawro [02.26.15]
The New York City festival dedicated to celebrating games' positive social impact has announced its list of 2015 award nominees and its "Game Changer" award winner, Tracy Fullerton.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The criteria I used to evaluate arcade games at Nintendo: Still relevant 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.15]
"Perform your own game analysis. Analyze your own game against similar games today and yesteryear. How do they measure up? Define your own key metrics and the criteria you deem necessary for a successful game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Reminder: On-site registration is available at GDC next week  
by Staff [02.26.15]
If you're interested in attending GDC 2015 and missed your chance to register online, don't worry! You can still register onsite next week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Making shooter gameplay more engaging with animated cover 14
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.15]
An in-depth analysis of an experiment in using different types of animated -- that is, moving -- cover in shooters. "Can we make the most efficient gameplay also the most engaging gameplay?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

A quick guide to getting your game on the big three consoles 22
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.15]
A guide to getting in with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo from a small indie studio that's been through the process -- "It's way easier to get on the respective platforms then it was some years ago."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing