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Pondering Indie Spirit: Derek Yu Speaks 80
by Brandon Sheffield [12.11.09]
Spelunky creator and independent figurehead Derek Yu talks about the broadening definition of "indie" and why he's "very happy" with that definition being "kind of gray."
Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Interview, Indie

iPhone Development: Everything You Need To Know 10
by Brian Robbins [12.09.09]
iPhone developer Brian Robbins with Riptide Games gives a helpful rundown of the basics of iPhone game development, from signing up for the Dev Program to marketing tips for a finished game.
Design, Programming, Mobile Phone, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem: Twisted Pixel's Splosion Man 5
by Frank Wilson, Josh Bear [12.02.09]
Twisted Pixel, the Austin, Tex.-based studio behind The Maw, explains what went right and what went wrong with the fast-paced development of the XBLA game, Splosion Man.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

Shattering The Boundaries: Sidhe's Big User Testing Gains 3
by Gareth Griffiths [12.01.09]
Gareth Griffiths, user experience expert at Sidhe Interactive, explains how the studio broke down, tested, and rebuilt the brick-breaking genre with the PSN game Shatter.
Design, Programming, Indie

Art-Media Innovation: Yudo's iPhone Success, Natal Dreams 2
by Brandon Sheffield [11.27.09]
Gamasutra sits down for an in-depth interview with Beatmania co-creator Reo Nagumo and former Q Games exec Reo Yonaga (Lumines) to reveal their new, thus far iPhone-centric developer Yudo, as well as possible plans for console titles and hopes for Microsoft's Natal.
Audio, Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Mobile Phone, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem: Wadjet Eye's The Blackwell Convergence 2
by Dave Gilbert [11.12.09]
In this honest indie postmortem, Wadjet Eye Games' Gilbert discusses the creation of adventure game sequel The Blackwell Convergence, looking at everything from promotion through art direction and engine to analyze what went right -- and wrong -- in the game's creation.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

The Tiger And The Spider: From AAA To App Store 3
by Christian Nutt [11.11.09]
Tiger Style co-founders Randy Smith and David Kalina talk to Gamasutra on their successful iPhone title Spider, the state of the fast-moving App Store, what it means to be be transitioning from a big studio developer into a world of high-pressure, low-overhead game development.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Making Better Games Through Iteration 5
by Will Luton [10.15.09]
Though it may seem self-evident, rapid iteration is a great tool for creation small games, and Mobile Pie's Will Luton discusses how his team made iPhone title B-Boy Brawl iteratively, after initial failure through too much rigidity
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Developing Games for Android 19
by Derek James [10.13.09]
Amid the iPhone game development gold rush, developer Derek James checks out the hooky, Java-based Android OS from Google, discussing advantages and disadvantages.
Business/Marketing, Design, Mobile Phone, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem: ACE Team's Zeno Clash 10
by Carlos Bordeu [10.08.09]
ACE Team's Zeno Clash story holds intriguing lessons for indie startups on the merit of keeping true to one's artistic vision -- and on the unpredictability of the design process.
Audio, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie