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Kellee Santiago's 10-step video game production plan  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
"First you have an idea for your game. Second, you make that game. Third, you iterate and playtest those mechanics until they're engaging, and fourth, you launch it."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, GDC China

Techland and Gree deliver new mobile-focused talks at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.21.14]
Techland producer Pawel Rohleder and Gree International director Chris Tabasa share advice on launching mobile dev teams and sustaining mobile games for years after launch at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Google invests half-a-billion dollars in mysterious wearable tech startup 1
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Google and other big-name investors have funneled more than half a billion dollars into a relatively unknown startup, whose wearable tech could have applications in video games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Michael Brough continues to carve out his own corner of the App Store with Helix Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Developer Michael Brough has somehow managed to carve out his own little market in the tricky mobile space, with quirky titles like his latest, Helix.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Why players love to play alone... together 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"It seems to me that if we want to build multiplayer ecosystems for potential communities as large as mobile offers, the last thing we want to do is fragment populations, unwittingly create niches, or worse, let a game die."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Building a game for charity that makes players care  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"Serious games pose some unique challenges. How do you convey key messages in a clear, memorable and transparent way, while also creating an experience that succeeds as a game in its own right?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, Production

The 'new-platform' model - an alternate path for indies  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
Spry Fox's entire model is built upon investing in new marketplaces, and Road Not Taken would be the first big console push for the company. That meant the game would be a big departure for the company, in multiple ways.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC China

GDC Next speakers share their 'hidden gem' game recommendations  
by Staff [10.20.14]
In the spirit of boosting discoverability for games of all stripes, here are just a few of the "hidden gem" titles that GDC Next featuring ADC speakers suggest you check out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 12
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"If you donít know how people work, you canít make stuff for people to interact with. The most talented and technical designer that lacks empathy will make something that only he/she can enjoy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why anything but games matters 19
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why Iím in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least Iím not in games.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Tutorials, tips, and text in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
A tutorial on coding text and tips that aren't obtrusive: "any text or tips appear or disappear from non-intrusive areas of the screen at various times, and will never pause or slow down the game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 3
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China

Google Play Games SDK adds local multiplayer  
by Christian Nutt [10.17.14]
Google's game development tools get an upgrade for local matchmaking -- across all platforms supported by its tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

New Hampshire indies team up to build a local game dev incubator  
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
A group of New England indie developers are working to open Game Assembly, a co-working space and incubator program for game developers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Randomness and game design 53
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
On not introducing randomness into your game's design: "I believe the current assumptions with regard to randomness in strategy games are largely wrong."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Indie game analytics 101: Intro to terms 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"Game analytics are vital on both a business and creative perspective. Iíll cover the top 5 most important terms and offer insights to allow future conversations or research."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The charming heart of darkness: Former Spec Ops team's Curious Expedition 3
by Leigh Alexander [10.17.14]
Former Spec Ops: The Line developers are building a charming roguelike hybrid about the great explorers of the 19th century -- and building an indie game is a new adventure for this former AAA team, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Get a job: Telltale Games seeks a Senior Character Modeler  
by Staff [10.16.14]
The house that built The Walking Dead is hiring a senior character modeler to with significant experience to work alongside the team in Telltale's San Rafael studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why ethical free-to-play game design matters Exclusive 106
by Greg Costikyan [10.16.14]
"Consider: Would you rather work for a company that has loyal fans eager to play your game, or a company that assumes games are disposable trash, and players, marks to be fleeced?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive