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Don't Miss: Writing great characters with Indivisible lead writer Brandon Sheffield  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Brandon Sheffield is lead writer on Lab Zero's excellent action RPG platformer Indivisible. Find out how he injects humor, emotions, and personality into Indivisible's dozens of characters.
Indie, Production

Sekiro claims GOTY, but Disco Elysium leads The Game Awards winners  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.19]
This year’s edition of The Game Awards wrapped up last night, offering up a slew of new reveals (including an official Xbox Series X debut) and several award announcement to the masses.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Come to GDC and see how Untitled Goose Game's levels were scouted!  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Join the rest of the game industry at GDC 2020 and learn how one of the Untitled Goose Game devs applied his filmmaking background in a unique way to scout locations for game levels!
Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Designing efficient, effective branching narratives for games  
by Staff [12.12.19]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Cassie Phillipps offers a crash course on how to create meaningful story branches without making narratives that are convoluted, confusing or shallow.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Check out the 20 unique games you'll play at GDC 2020's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!  
by Staff [12.12.19]
One of these games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $2,000 prize plus a special trophy -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC, with judging taking place on-site!
Indie, GDC, alt ctrl gdc

Case Study: A 'peek' at Golf Peaks' multiplatform sales 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Luke Spierewka of Polish indie studio Afterburn shares insights into the sales of the multiplatform golf-puzzle game Golf Peaks, shedding light on what other devs might expect from similar mobile-first games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Hades dev Supergiant Games is looking for an Engine Programmer  
by Staff [12.11.19]
Our ideal candidate would relish the technical challenges inherent in cross-platform engineering, rendering, multi-threading, systems architecture, and optimization.
Indie, Programming, Recruitment

Video: How women-in-games initiatives make a difference  
by Staff [12.11.19]
In this 2016 panel, devs Stephanie Fisher, Sagan Yee, Gemma Thomson, Rebecca Cohen-Palacios and Zoe Quinn explore the impact women-in-games initiatives have had on their lives and communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

Steam to host demos for The Game Awards digital spin-off event The Game Festival  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.19]
The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley describes the digital event as a sort of trade show for the developers or players that wouldn't typically be able to attend those on-location festivals.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Apply now to participate in the GDC 2020 low-income pass lottery! 1
by Staff [12.11.19]
Game Developers Conference organizers have once again donated a number of complimentary passes for GDC 2020 that will be given away (via lottery) as part of a special low-income GDC pass program!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Deep Dive: Making the 2D action game tool Pixel Game Maker MV  
by Takuya Hatakeyama [12.11.19]
Takuya Hatakeyama, director on Kadokawa's Pixel Game Maker MV, goes in-depth on the creation of the recently-released 2D action game tool.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Nintendo Indie World showcase talks exclusives, sequels, and 2020 lineup  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.19]
Nintendo is ensuring indies don’t fall to the wayside as the Switch nears its third year out.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Indies hit with takedowns over trademarked 'Choose Your Own Adventure' term 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.09.19]
Update The owner of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" trademark has issued takedown notices to a number of indie games hosted on itch.io over their use of the phrase in game descriptions.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Building secret paths in Shovel Knight: King of Cards  
by David D'Angelo [12.09.19]
A deep dive on why and how Yacht Club Games designed a new feature in Shovel Knight: King of Cards -- secret exits in levels.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: PlayStation's 25th, Top Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.08.19]
This week's roundup includes the PlayStation's 25th anniversary, multiple new 2019 'best of' game lists, and great articles on Katana Zero, Shovel Knight, Knights Of The Old Republic modders & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chucklefish apologizes after casting white voice actors for non-white characters
by Alissa McAloon [12.06.19]
"We also understand that posting photos of our voice actors beside characters of color without acknowledgment of the systemic problem of representation in the industry was insensate and poorly communicated"
Indie, Production

Best of 2019: Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by John Harris [12.06.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Indie, Design

Brenda Romero breaks down Empire of Sin's complex relationship system  
by Aron Garst [12.05.19]
Famed game developer Brenda Romero tells us all about the autonomous character interaction system of her upcoming gangster-centric strategy management game, Empire of Sin.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Pathfinder: Kingmaker dev Owlcat Games raises $1 million to fund new project 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.04.19]
The recently independent studio Owlcat Games has raised $1 million in funding for its next project, the freshly announced Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.
Console/PC, Indie

The $0 marketing game guide 2
by Victoria Tran [12.04.19]
Unpacking some marketing strategies Kitfox Games has used for over 3 profitable games — and counting!
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing