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Updates » Indie
Sierra returns as Activision's new indie label 12
by Kris Graft [08.12.14]
The rumored return of publishing label Sierra is official, as parent Activision Blizzard announces new games and a new angle for the brand.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Porting PC to mobile using SDL 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.14]
"We chose SDL to replace the engine innards because it saved us the trouble of writing all the low-level code ourselves, yet SDL itself was sufficiently low-level that we could plug it in our engine. This worked admirably well."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Independent AAA: Ninja Theory's new path to survive, thrive in new age 18
by Leigh Alexander [08.12.14]
Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades opens up about the incredible struggles the studio has faced versus the AAA industry machine -- and his hopes for a new path forward for "independent AAA" games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

The hilarious success story of Goat Simulator 1
by Leigh Alexander [08.12.14]
Coffee Stain Studios' Armin Ibrisagic shares the success story of Goat Simulator, and how a joke concept -- and a goat asset bought on sale from the internet -- led the studio to surprise success.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Game feel tips: The 'ghost jump' 14
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.14]
On jumping problems: "it is not actually the player’s fault: a combination of input and video latency gives the clear impression that the button was pressed while the character was still on the platform."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Unity 4.3 now available for Xbox One developers  
by Christian Nutt [08.11.14]
Registered Xbox One developers (with official dev kits) can get Unity 4.3 with ability to build to, and compatibility enhancements for, Xbox One.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Wasteland 2 to a Major in Sonic Studies 2
by Lindsey Joyce [08.11.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from the 26 year incubation of Wasteland 2 to a serious examination of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: The advantages of the episodic model 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"Developers interested in harnessing this model should look at how to break their project up into episodes as early as possible to identify changes in pacing, storytelling and development cost structure that such a move may require."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Head-tracking for an abstract reality  
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"When you scuba-dive, a good snorkel mask makes all the difference in the world... what Oculus has done is the equivalent of creating a better scuba mask: one that doesn’t constantly spray salt-water into your eyes."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, VR

Pretty soon you'll be able to get a BA in game design at NYU  
by Alex Wawro [08.11.14]
New York University announced plans last week to begin offering bachelor's degrees in game design next January, as part of its expanding NYU Game Center program.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Use plugins from Unity Store, or create plugins from scratch? 5
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"Your best choice will be always trying what is already done, but you should never discard doing it by yourself, you can always improve what is done in some way."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

What to consider when 'going indie' 1
by Mike Rose [08.11.14]
Industry veteran Don Daglow today challenged developers to consider whether going indie and building your own small team is actually the best move for your own individual experience and situation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC Europe

Don't monetize like League of Legends, consultant says Exclusive 32
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
By many metrics, League of Legends is the most-played game in the world. But its monetization system probably won't work for your online game -- consultant Teut Weidemann explains the stats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

2 costly legal mistakes when working with contractors 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck on "deadly mistakes that crop up in licensing or independent contractor agreements" that you absolutely should avoid.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Blog: Aiming for 100% independence 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"The indie has to conquer one more thing to be called a hundred percent independent, and that is taking control of their discoverability."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GameMaker: Studio coming to Xbox One, current Windows platforms 3
by Kris Graft [08.11.14]
YoYo Games announced today a partnership with Microsoft that will expand support for its development engine GameMaker: Studio to all Windows platforms and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC Europe

How to get your game covered by YouTubers Exclusive 11
by Mike Rose [08.11.14]
Gamasutra editor Mike Rose returned to GDC Europe today 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, YouTube, GDC Europe

Standing out: Paradox CEO's tips for a complicated market Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
In a climate where widely-imitated successes lead to rapidly-proliferating genres and widespread borrowing, how can you find a vision for your own game that stands out? Paradox CEO Fred Wester has advice.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Gamasutra's GDC Europe coverage starts today!  
by Kris Graft [08.11.14]
GDC Europe 2014 is underway! Don’t miss Gamasutra’s live coverage of the event, which takes place in Cologne, Germany this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Pure Hohokum: How Honeyslug's wacky world came together Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.11.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Hohokum studio Honeyslug about how the game came together, what it's been through, and where the duo will go next.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive