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A deep dive into Steam's discovery queue 6
by Kris Graft [04.05.19]
Game developer Erik Johnson looked at nearly 700 games over the course of three months in his Steam discovery queue. What he learned could help you understand how players are finding -- or not finding -- your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How When Ski Lifts Go Wrong hits the right mix of blood and physics puzzles 1
by Jupiter Hadley [04.04.19]
Jonny Hughes, one of the developers behind comedic ski lift-building game When Ski Lifts Go Wrong, talks with Gamsutra about the design and development of this silly physics puzzler.
Indie, Design, Video

Event feedback leads Falcon Age devs to make combat optional  
by Alex Wawro [04.03.19]
It's a nice demonstration of how a studio can make their games more accessible to those who might like to play without the stress of being attacked.
Indie, Design

'Roguelike' from another planet: The big ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove interview 2
by John Harris [04.03.19]
We speak with Greg Johnson, developer behind the original ToeJam & Earl games and the recently-released ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove about laid-back, funky games and roguelike design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Humble Bundle cofounders step down because 'we're more startup kinda guys'  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.19]
This week Humble Bundle cofounders Jeffrey Rosen and John Graham confirmed they're giving up their leadership roles at the company (CEO and COO, respectively) as former Kixeye exec Alan Patmore takes the reins.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Laralyn McWilliams on staying optimistic and creative in game dev  
by Staff [04.02.19]
At GDC 2019 veteran game dev Laralyn McWilliams gives a stirring, concise talk about practical ways to stay upbeat and fulfilled during a career in the ever-changing game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Building and balancing Battletech's procedural missions 3
by Staff [04.02.19]
Lead designer Kiva Maginn digs into the details of how Harebrained Schemes' new giant robot strategy game reliably dishes up procedurally-generated side missions that are believable and challenging.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Sean Murray reflects on No Man's Sky and grit in game dev 2
by Staff [04.01.19]
At GDC 2019 Hello Games' Sean Murray discusses the value of grit in game development, and what the No Man's Sky team learned from weathering criticism while building and improving the game.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

What Astroneer's devs learned while leaving Early Access  
by Bryant Francis [04.01.19]
One of the lead developers on Astroneer breaks down what his company has learned since completing the journey through Early Access.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: A is for Apple Arcade, B is for rolling bones? 1
by Gamasutra staff [03.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Apple Arcade announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Why 11 Bit Studios endeavors to put emotion and meaning first in game dev  
by Alissa McAloon [03.29.19]
"We didn't want to do this hard mentally tiring game […] so we thought hey maybe we’ll do some 'gamer's game' with a cool idea and cool gameplay. But at the end it just sucked.”
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Designing for deck-building in video games  
by Diego Arguello [03.29.19]
Gamasutra speaks with designers behind SteamWorld Quest, Hand of Fate, Slay the Spire, and Cultist Simulator to find out tips and methods for card-based design in video games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: A West of Loathing design postmortem  
by Staff [03.28.19]
In this 2018 GDC session, Zack Johnson breaks down the tools and technology the Asymmetric Publications team used to make West of Loathing
Indie, Design, Video

Into the Pixel exhibit calls for submissions of game art  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
The AIAS and ESA announced that the annual "Into the Pixel" video game art exhibit is now accepting submissions for its sixteenth collection.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Hyper Light Drifter dev confirms TV series is in the works  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
Hyper Light Drifter is receiving its own animated TV show led by Heart Machine's Alx Preston and producer Adi Shankar, best known for the Netflix adaptations of Castlevania.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Risk of Rain 2 is running a buy-one-get-one free launch promo 1
by Alissa Mcaloon [03.28.19]
The 3D followup to the 2013 release Risk of Rain is running a limited time promotion to get more eyes on the game and encourage players to team up in its co-op mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Wash your game's windows: An argument for clean mechanics 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.19]
Independent game dev Lars Doucet (Defender's Quest) says: "Playing a game with unclear mechanics is like peering through a dirty, smudged window. This calls for some Windex!"
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: The Heartbeat Symposium - Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games  
by Staff [03.27.19]
The Blushbox Collective's Katie Stegs chats about The Heartbeat Symposium, a 3-day event that seeks to bring devs together to explore (through game jams and talks) intimacy, love, and sex in games.
Indie, Art, Design

Another World designer Eric Chahi sets up indie studio Pixel Reef  
by Alissa McAloon [03.27.19]
The studio aims to make "immersive indie games with a poetic touch" and is due to announce its first game in a matter of weeks.
Indie

Observation will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, Steam page pulled 7
by Emma Kidwell [03.26.19]
No Code's upcoming game Observation will be released on PC and PS4 on May 21st, but with a slight change in plans. 
Indie, Business/Marketing