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QWOP creator shares physics engine tips at GDC Indie Games Summit 1
by Staff [12.04.14]
Don't miss QWOP creator Bennett Foddy's talk on bending physics engines to your will; it's just one of many insightful talks from experts in the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit.
Indie, Design, GDC

Call for Blogs: Developers, what are your top games of 2014? 3
by Christian Nutt [12.03.14]
Soon, Gamasutra's editorial staff will begin to publish our picks for the best and most significant games -- but that's only half of the picture. Once again, we're asking you to join in.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious

Autodesk makes game dev tools free to schools, students worldwide 7
by Christian Nutt [12.03.14]
Maya, 3ds Max, and many other game dev tools are now free to students and teachers at secondary and university levels.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Production, Student/Education

Game info discoverability: Top 5 lessons from 'Games We Care About'  
by Gamasutra Community [12.03.14]
"Independent game developers should probably think about these points when displaying info about their product. [They're] all inter-related, and you need to have a strategy for updating all of them!"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Make time to play the 2015 Train Jam games at GDC 2015 1
by Staff [12.03.14]
There's another Train Jam happening on the way to GDC next year, and GDC 2015 officials are providing a dedicated space where devs can display the games they've made during the jam.
Indie, Production, GDC

Blog: The hidden beauty of mazes 9
by Gamasutra Community [12.03.14]
"We always see mazes displayed as black and white, surely because itís easier to read and play, but adding colors can change everything. From a simple game to art."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

I like Tolkien too, but please, no more fan fiction 59
by Gamasutra Community [12.03.14]
"There are so many ways to create interesting worlds, itís a shame that we stick to the same presets again and again. Besides, arenít we all getting tired of playing the same Tolkien fan fiction game over and over?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Q&A: Maniac Mansion creators stick to their roots with new adventure game 2
by Konstantinos Dimopoulos [12.02.14]
With traditional and particularly exciting adventure Thimbleweed Park doing impressively well on Kickstarter, we thought we'd ask creators (and legendary Maniac Mansion duo) Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick a few things.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Peter Molyneux learns the harsh lessons of Kickstarter and Early Access 8
by Christian Nutt [12.02.14]
"What I've learned is that doing Kickstarter and Steam Early Access, before you've got something which is defined and playable, is a hugely risky undertaking that can be very destructive to the final quality of the game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing an alien alphabet for your game 21
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.14]
"A great way to enhance a gameworld's believability and atmosphere is to make a custom alphabet for it. The written word is all around us, and plays a major role in making our world look and feel the way it does."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

How to get better at teaching yourself new skills 9
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.14]
"It's easy to overemphasize the need to consume educational content, but an equally important part of the learning process is to practice the skills that you are trying to learn."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: When games play to their strengths 12
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.14]
"And when games do play to their strengths the results can be astounding. Journey has more emotional resonance in its 2-hour playtime than the entirety of David Cage's oeuvre."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How teaching kids taught me to make games 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.14]
"Not only was I working on the projects of the children -- I had made so many shooters for the students that I decided to put my concentrated knowledge to good use and built my own game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Alaska to Beyond Earth  
by Eric Swain [12.01.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Eric Swain on topics ranging from Civilization: Beyond Earth to Native Alaskan folklore-inspired title Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How to leverage your local library as an indie 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.01.14]
"As my thirst for knowledge increased, so did the diversity of books. I started requesting Art Books, Marketing Books, Books of Faith, and even a very obscure technical book for programming Voronoi Diagrams."
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Surpringly popular silliness: Migi Osu, a game jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [11.28.14]
"In an alcohol-induced epiphany we suddenly realised that we had a good game idea and the PewDiePie game jam happened to be on the same day, so we got prototyping."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

A look at a low-poly facial animation technique 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.28.14]
"Because I donít need to make the vertex counts match for each change in expression I can really push the facial animation. It also has the benefit of looking more 'hand made.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art

What we got out of exhibiting at PAX Australia 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.28.14]
"From my perspective the event was successful due to the public response alone. We had a constant stream of attendees lining up to play for all three days."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: The advantages of joining a bundle 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.14]
"My criterion is simple; when youíve reached end of your big buzz, stimulate the late buyers with the incentive of a lower price."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Socializing a new member in a Scrum team 9
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.14]
"Adding a new member to a team can result in conflict. Changing the group dynamic so dramatically, and without the teamís input, conflicts with Agile developmentís tenets of personal choice and team autonomy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production