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Don't Miss: Heartache and compassion in Undertale  
by Joel Couture [08.13.18]
This excerpt from Gamasutra contributor Joel Couture's eBook, Fallen Down: Heartache and Compassion in Undertale explores designer/composer Toby Fox's unique approach to character design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How Baldi's Basics taps into the real horror of '90s edutainment  
by Joel Couture [08.13.18]
Developer Micah McGonigal talks about the design and development of his edutainment horror game Baldi's Basics, in the process reminding us how weird and messed up old edutainment games could be.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: We, Happy To Take The Magic Leap  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.13.18]
This week's highlights include impressions of the much-pivoted We Happy Few, hands-on with the vaunted Magic Leap AR glasses, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Publishing platforms need policies around not-for-profit game devs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.09.18]
In an interview with Polygon, Glitch executive director Evva Kraikul discusses the hurdles that not-for-profit organizations face when negotiating with platform holders to publish their games. 
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GameMaker Studio 2 now offers Switch support in open beta 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.09.18]
Game devs working with YoYo Games’ 2D engine GameMaker Studio 2 can now create and export games for the Switch through the open beta, with a full launch due this year.
Console/PC, Indie

Building the monstrous transforming puzzle heads of GNOG  
by Joel Couture [08.09.18]
Fresh off its PC debut, Gnog lead designer and artist Sam Boucher reveals how the game was originally conceived, and how the team went about designing each of its charmingly grotesque puzzle faces.
Indie, Art, Design, Video

Devs recall the emotional highs and lows of launching their 'dream games'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.08.18]
Devs explore the emotional side of bringing a dream project to fruition and offer advice on how to deal with those often stressful situations.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: How games like Braid and Diablo II handle death and failure 23
by Staff [08.08.18]
Dan Andrei Carp explores whether devs can find a way around the notorious "Game Over" screen, while presenting some practical examples used in popular games over the years.
Indie, Design

Devs, pitch your great and clever Design talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.08.18]
If you've been sitting on a great idea for a talk on game design at Game Developers Conference 2019, organizers want to hear it -- before next Thursday, August 16th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: How a Twitter campaign brought in 95 new game reviews  
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.18]
Failbetter Games created #loveindies as a way to celebrate indie games and drive players to leave valuable reviews and ratings. Here Hannah Flynn, communications director, shares what they learned!
Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The challenges and rewards of designing local multiplayer games 12
by Staff [08.07.18]
We talk to the developers of Super Pole Riders, Overcooked and Spaceteam about the appeal of developing a local multiplayer game, and the benefits over taking your game online.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Giving back colors to cryptic worlds in Dead Cells 5
by Staff [08.06.18]
"Despite featuring zombies and developing a game where the foreboding sense of danger never leaves you, we choose not to mimic the artistic direction of similar titles." - Gwenaël Massé, artist on Dead Cells.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

GDC 2019 organizers are looking for smart Business & Marketing talks!  
by Staff [08.06.18]
If you have a great talk that would fit in the Business & Marketing track at Game Developers Conference 2019, organizers want to hear it, and they're taking submissions - but only through August 16th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Inside the technical art design of Sausage Sports Club 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.06.18]
One of the devs offers a breakdown of the best shaders and effects used in Sausage Sports Club with gifs and explanations.
Indie, Programming, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: It's VGDC Issue #100!  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.06.18]
This week's longform article & video highlights include neat analysis on Six Ages & King Of Dragon Pass, the battle for Manchester Cathedral in Resistance revisited, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 wants your best Production & Team Management talks!  
by Staff [08.03.18]
GDC 2019 organizers seek experienced producers who have shipped games or managed live games to share their best techniques or experiences which helps them produce better games or build better teams!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

New Unity report suggests 67% of indies plan to self-publish 3
by Alissa McAloon [08.03.18]
Heads up, data-hungry devs: Unity’s new survey explores the studio size, project counts, marketing platforms, monetization plans, and more of 1,445 indie studios, including some who don't use Unity.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

RPG Maker and the value of the video game construction set  
by John Harris [08.03.18]
Looking for a new game-making tool? Writer John Harris celebrates the value and history of video game construction sets, and offers a guide to using one like RPG Maker FES to prototype your own ideas.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Lightfield Hyper Edition Q&A: A look back at development  
by Thomas Faust [08.02.18]
Lost in the Garden cofounder Simon Wallner chats about how things have gone for the Aussie indie team after they launched a special Hyper Edition of their trippy sci-fi racer Lightfield.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Video: Watch top designers dissect a single system from their games  
by Staff [08.02.18]
In this GDC 2015 talk game designers Bennett Foddy, Tanya X. Short, and Dan Cassar each took the stage to dive into a system from each of their games!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault