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Kickstarter postmortem: Last Life, a Double Fine Presents project  
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"Preparation -- and luck -- are keys to achieving success on Kickstarter. But equally important is the community of friends, family, mentors, colleagues, and backers who support you along the way and carry you to the finish."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Indies, be aggressive!: A tip from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [08.21.14]
In this edition, game developer (and former Game Developer magazine EIC) Brandon Sheffield of Necrosoft Games offers some advice for indies: Be aggressive!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, annual Career Guide

Inspiration over manipulation: Why player loyalty matters 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.14]
"Turning someone who pays $0.25 for a finished product to someone who pledges $100 on Kickstarter for your idea is long process of giving, giving and giving until it hurts."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Oculus added to Facebook's bug bounty program  
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Facebook pays people bounties to report bugs with the site -- and has now added Oculus, which it acquired in March -- to the program.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Seattle's pop culture museum plans to open an indie game exhibit  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
The EMP Museum's Indie Game Revolution exhibit seeks to tell the stories of contemporary indie games and indie creators from around the world through interactive installations and game demo stations.
Indie, Art

Video: Facing the challenges of making games for new audiences  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Veteran designer Kellee Santiago speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about the elation -- and terror -- that comes when you try to make a new kind of game for a new audience, and how you can tackle it head-on.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC Europe

Pixel Miner explores the constraints of the Pebble smartwatch Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Admittedly, I find myself glued to a screen most weekends, playing whatever takes my fancy at the time. Last weekend, the screen was a little smaller than normal.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Satirizing game development proves therapeutic for ex-AAA indies 2
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
Speaking to Polygon, game industry veteran Jordan Thomas shares some interesting insight into his work at Irrational directing Bioshock 2 and the genesis of his debut indie title The Magic Circle.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Download the 2014 Game Career Guide now! Exclusive  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Looking to advance your career in the video game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide is out now, and will help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Student/Education, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: BlitWorks reveals how it ports games like Fez Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
We catch up with one of the cofounders of BlitWorks, the port house responsible for the PSN versions of Spelunky, Fez and Jet Set Radio, to learn more about how the company does business.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

GDC Next wants to know how you promote your games  
by GDC Staff [08.20.14]
To better understand the industry before GDC Next 2014, conference officials are polling developers for their opinions on game marketing -- and giving away aGDC 2015 All Access Pass to one lucky participant.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

'Fail early'? It doesn't work in game dev 30
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
A veteran developer shares his take on the "fail early" mantra: "I have nothing but bad experiences when game companies talk about the importance of failing early."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Unity rolls out version 4.6, open-source initiative, Unity Cloud Build 11
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Today at its Unite conference in Seattle, Unity announced new initiatives and new features for its engine, and we have the details, with comments from CEO David Helgason.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Bringing back Shadowgate 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
The story of the return of a classic, and the decisions that go into making a game fresh but still please fans who've loved it since the 1980s.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Due Process is the next game backed by Indie Fund 3
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Due Process, a team-based tactical shooter from indie studio Giant Enemy Crab, is the next game to be backed by Indie Fund.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

3 vital game dev lessons from the Yogventures Kickstarter 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck pulls apart the ill-fated Kickstarter to share lessons all developers should keep in mind when crowdfunding.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Video blog: 'We just need to stick to our guns, to our creativity' 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.14]
Paul Taylor of Mode 7 Games offers some thoughts about the commercialization of indie touched off by his visit to Gamescom last week.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How to get your game covered by YouTubers Exclusive 11
by Mike Rose [08.19.14]
Gamasutra editor Mike Rose returned to GDC Europe this year to give a talk on the best ways to get in touch with YouTubers. Here, you'll find a written version of the talk.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

IGDA: Valve is the #1 place developers want to work 2
by Alex Wawro [08.19.14]
Data culled from a recent survey conducted by the International Game Developers Association suggests that most developers would choose to work at Valve over any other company, even their own.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

GDC GM Meggan Scavio calls for speaker diversity at GDC 2015 2
by GDC Staff [08.19.14]
Game Developers Conference general manager Meggan Scavio explains her plans to expand the diversity of the community interacting at the 28th annual GDC next March.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC