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A snapshot of player data from the Oculus Rift audience 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
Analytics from A Night at the Roculus: "I realized the data could offer a snapshot of the current Oculus community's hardware for other devs to consider."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, VR

The Blue Flamingo: The 8 meter game filmed on a dolly track Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [11.21.14]
Shelter studio Might & Delight surprised many this week, launching a new game on Steam right out of the blue.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Right of publicity: How you can legally put a celebrity in your game 8
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"While being a 'public figure' may make it difficult to libel or defame someone, their status as public figure actually helps their right of publicity lawsuit against you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Getting the first commercial Unity games running in WebGL  
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"The Web seems like a very viable place to bring Unity content as the WebGL exporter solidifies. With content running at almost the same speed as desktop builds, we definitely have a revolution on our hands."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

5 mistakes not to make when you get started with analytics 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"Creating a proper analytics setup is far from easy. Things will be in the wrong spot or simply broken. Tell your teammates what you found challenging or hard to decipher and what to fix in the future."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Our publisher ripped us off. What now? 28
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"I've reached a point where I don't understand how it's possible to commit to a publishing deal for small studios. How could it be reasonable when what's happening to us, well... CAN just happen?"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

What survival game design means to the studio behind The Long Dark Exclusive 2
by Raphael van Lierop [11.21.14]
Raphael van Lierop, founder and director at Hinterland Games, discusses what survival game design means to his studio when designing The Long Dark.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Edmund McMillen [11.20.14]
How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion to Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Why you should care about the package name validity of your Unity project 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
A quick guide on avoiding an annoying mistake: "This misery only happened to me because I was dumb. But it would have helped if Unity had thrown a warning."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

A deep dive into Steam traffic patterns 12
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
Lars Doucet writes: "It's encouraging that even after nearly two months, the standard 'Vanilla' traffic doesn't seem to be decreasing, not even noticeably dipping below the baseline after a big sale."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Retargeting Facebook ads: A guide for indie devs  
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
"If you don't know what retargeting is, it's sending ads to people who've already visited your website.The benefit of retargeting, is that you're targeting someone who's already familiar with you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

On prototyping and coding your own ideas 15
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
Why "words fall inherently short" -- "If you are a game designer, but unable to code, know this: the best way to validate and communicate your own ideas to others is to make your own prototypes."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: The trial by fire of making Little Inferno  
by Staff [11.19.14]
Speaking at GDC 2014, Tomorrow Corporation cofounder Kyle Gray expounded on lessons learned in the making Little Inferno, ' a satirical fireplace simulator with a deep, dark secret.'
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

The VR frontier: What's the future of virtual reality games? 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.14]
"Which kind of platform is VR? Is it 'the same thing but better,' or something qualitatively different than traditional video games?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Analyzing and interpreting feedback from your community 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.14]
"Monument Valley is currently being discussed as a cautionary example of the dangers of charging for paid content updates on mobile. Bad reviews are bad... right?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Inventory.GetGladiator() - How modular code interacts with the world 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.14]
"We are trying to make the code completely modular, so all the systems exist with as few dependencies as possible. They fetch all their information from the world, process it, and then put the information back."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Blog: Here's an idea - Give players stupid choices 16
by Gamasutra Community [11.18.14]
"It'd be interesting to see games with 'stupid choices' where outcomes are not clear at all. I see no reason why we need to lay out everything in front of players."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Tips for motivating your indie team 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.18.14]
From selecting your team members to tracking their work, this blog post offers useful advice for keeping an independently developed game project up and running.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Postmortem for a Kickstarter project that just made it over the line 7
by Gamasutra Community [11.18.14]
"I think the two most critical were probably the uniqueness of our game (or perception of it) and the fact that we didnít have a large enough and engaged fan base from the start."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Discoverability: It's not just for app stores anymore! 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.18.14]
How times are changing for PC distribution: "'We'll release on Steam and be okay' is just as bad an idea as the marketing strategy of 'Apple will feature us.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing