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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.
Design, Console/PC, Indie, Exclusive

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.
Design, Console/PC, Indie, Exclusive, Video

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."
Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

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."
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie

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."
Design, Programming, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Our publisher ripped us off. What now? 23
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?"
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie

Charting distinctive features in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
An academic look at how "distinctive features" open up games to study: "Games are as diverse as the humanity that created them. This means that trying to sort games in definite, discrete categories is fruitless."
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: Expert advice on how to make your indie games stand out  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Game designer Raph Koster hustled indie developers Adam Saltsman, Rami Ismail and Zach Gage into a room at GDC Next earlier this year to ask: as an indie, how do you successfully market your work?
Business/Marketing, Indie, Video, Vault


Sponsored: 'Sweat, Swearing and Tears' - A new documentary series on indie game developers 8
by Jocelyn Moffatt [07.07.14]
Patrick Haynes, Founder and Executive Producer at Fatbelly Productions, speaks about his experience working with Barking Mouse Studio and Autodesk on a new indie game-focused documentary series.
Console/PC, Indie, Sponsored Feature, Smartphone/Tablet, Mobile Games

Postmortem: The Chinese Room's Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs 22
by Peter Howell [05.23.14]
A look back at the development of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs from the perspective of The Chinese Room, and which focuses on not just its development but the collaboration with series creator Frictional Games.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Console/PC, Indie

The ups and downs of doing online multiplayer as an indie 13
by Mike Rose [05.12.14]
Including online multiplayer is a difficult task, particularly for small teams. We speak to indies who've been in the trenches to get their take.
Design, Indie

Friends forever: The story of Sportsfriends 1
by Mike Rose [05.05.14]
Douglas Wilson and Bennett Foddy talk us through how Sportsfriends came about, from the troubles of publishing J.S. Joust on its own, to finding the perfect four games for the package.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Crowdfunding, Advanced Input and Output

How Octodad turned a group of strangers into best friends 4
by Mike Rose [01.29.14]
When 18 strangers were thrown into a room together, Octodad was born. Now three years later, the Young Horses team is about to bring it to fruition.
Indie


Post PAX Australia 2014 with Crabitron Kinect  
by John Millard [11.24.14]
This year we presented Crabitron Kinect to the public for the first time at PAX Australia. We faced challenges presenting a Kinect game to such a large audience, in this post I will detail the highs and lows and what we got out of PAX Australia 2014.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie

Unity3D Culling Mask Tip  
by Charles Cordingley [11.24.14]
Changing the layers displayed by a Unity3D camera requires some bitfield maths. This post provides a more explicit and readable way to handle this functionality.
Programming, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Quality of Life in Subterfuge  
by ron carmel [11.24.14]
One of our design pillars in the development of Subterfuge is respecting players' time. In this post, I will discuss why this is important to us, and some of the design choices we've made to support this goal.
Design, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet


Bro-shaming: it's about power, not inclusiveness  
by Neil Sorens [11.24.14]
Why I oppose "bro-shaming" for reasons of creative freedom, even though I dislike the "bro" games and culture
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet


Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Design Director


DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore — Singapore, Singapore
[11.24.14]
Lecturer, Department of Game Software Design and Production


Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[11.21.14]
Technical Artist


Nintendo of America Inc. — Redmond, Washington, United States
[11.21.14]
Software Business Development Manager, Licensing


Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[11.21.14]
Associate Producer


Cloud Imperium Games — Austin, Texas, United States
[11.20.14]
Associate Producer


Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[11.20.14]
Senior VFX Artist


Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[11.20.14]
Gameplay Engineer


Cloud Imperium Games — Austin, Texas, United States
[11.20.14]
Gameplay Engineer


Cloud Imperium Games — Austin, Texas, United States
[11.20.14]
Server/Backend Engineer