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Road to the IGF: SuperChop Games' Ephemerid Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.18.15]
Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure is a "rock fairy tale about a paper mayfly," brought to life by its unique classical guitar soundtrack. We catch up with SuperChop Games about the Excellence in Audio nominee.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

The Stomping Land continues to set a bad example for Early Access 2
by Alex Wawro [02.18.15]
One of the developers working on Supercrit's crowdfunded prehistoric survival game has quit the project after more than a month of no contact (and no payment) from Supercrit chief Alex Fundora.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: Klei Entertainment's Invisible, Inc. Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [02.18.15]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF series of interviews with IGF award-nominated devs, we caught up with Klei's Jason Dreger and James Lantz to find out what inspired the design of Invisible, Inc.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, IGF

Play games, meet creators and find a job on the GDC expo floor  
by Staff [02.18.15]
With less than two weeks to go until the 2015 Game Developers Conference, show officials highlight some of the most exciting things to see and do on the GDC show floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Share of voice': The most under-discussed stat in video games? 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.15]
Simon Carless asks: Can your game actually connect with your audience? "Do you understand who your potential audience is and what their ‘Share of Voice’ for playing individual games in any given month/year is?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The makers of Never Alone talk story and art design at GDC  
by Staff [02.18.15]
At GDC 2015, a number of the Never Alone development team explore how developers can best make games that amplify and carry on the storytelling traditions of different cultures.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, GDC

Indie devs, find your focus 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.15]
"Does your indie venture have a strong focus? Can you articulate it clearly and concisely, with confidence and without a second thought?" You had better be able to, writes Josh Sutphin.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Execution Labs 'finishing fund' gives Secret Ponchos devs money to port  
by Christian Nutt [02.17.15]
Canadian indie funder announces the first recipient of its latest initiative -- a global "finishing fund" that helps developers bring their games to market.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

World Video Game Hall of Fame coming, from noted museum ICHEG  
by Christian Nutt [02.17.15]
Nominations are soon to open for an exhibit to showcase games that have had an enduring legacy -- and the first inductees will be revealed in June at The Strong National Museum of Play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, History

Road to the IGF: Svedang, Akerblad and team's Else Heart.Break() Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.17.15]
Story-driven adventure Else Heart.Break() has been nominated for Excellence in Visual Art at this year's IGF, with a distinctive, texture-rich look that reminds of the console RPG heyday.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Devs, you can now pitch your own Gex game to Square Enix  
by Alex Wawro [02.17.15]
For the first time, developers can now pitch (and potentially make) games using intellectual property from Eidos' Anachronox, Fear Effect and Gex games via the Square Enix Collective platform.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Use the new Session Scheduler to get the most from GDC  
by Staff [02.17.15]
How and why to use the free, freshly revamped GDC 2015 Session Scheduler to plan out which talks you'd like to attend and ensure you don't miss anything the upcoming March conference has to offer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: Lessons learned from 20 years 'herding cats' in the IGDA  
by Staff [02.17.15]
IGDA founder Ernest Adams reflects on what went right (and wrong) over the 20-year lifespan of the IGDA and considers why developers need a professional trade organization in this GDC 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Opinion: GameMaker, security, and freedom 24
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.15]
After getting burned by Flash, Lars Docuet (Defender's Quest) argues that GameMaker users have to take a long, hard look at whether to continue using the tech after the company's recent sale.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

With GameMaker under new ownership, some devs have long-term concern 7
by Kris Graft [02.17.15]
GameMaker: Studio has a new owner, following a $16.4 million acquisition. But what does this mean for game developers, and how does the buyer intend to support the engine?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

What gets coverage in the game media? 2014 in review 3
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.15]
How does the press cover game topics? What's trending the most? Did Microsoft squish Sony -- and what about mobile games? This analysis of 2014's press coverage provides insightful data.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: 11Bit studios' This War of Mine Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.17.15]
11Bit Studios' This War of Mine stole hearts this year thanks to its gripping, civilian-focused twist on the wartime setting. Now it's up for the grand prize at the IGF -- we catch up with the team.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, IGF

See the future of VR game development at GDC 2015  
by Staff [02.17.15]
Developers interested in charting a course through the new frontier of virtual reality game design would be wise to look for advice from trailblazers at the 2015 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Designing a hardcore game for the mobile masses 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.15]
The developers of mid-core mobile fighter Shadow Fight 2 have "learned some valuable lessons about redesigning hardcore genres for mobile audiences" and share them in this blog.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Slippery tentacles: Tackling the challenges of Octodad's design  
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.15]
"Octodad: Dadliest Catch was a strange, difficult, and rewarding project to design. We struggled against traditional game design; we sometimes ran in circles."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production