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Designing Manifold Garden's believably unbelievable world and puzzles  
by John Harris [01.13.20]
At the start, Manifold Garden appears to be a simple block-moving puzzle game, but before long there are impossible sights at play that demonstrate the strange implications of the world
Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Punk Nomad Disco Elysium Switch  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.20]
The latest highlights include a great piece on a unique Ubisoft 'fixer', the unlikely story behind Disco Elysium's success, the underappreciated Switch games of last year, and a whooole bunch more great articles besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Understanding the bottom-up design philosophy behind Crashlands  
by Staff [01.10.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Butterscotch Shenanigans' Seth Coster breaks down the studio's bottom-up design approach & discusses the implications for project and team management on games like Crashlands.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Sign up now for GDC Connect and start making connections for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.10.20]
The GDC Connect tools for arranging meetings with business contacts & mentors at GDC 2020 is now online with significantly expanded access -- so sign up today and start setting up productive meetings!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An in-depth breakdown of Dead Cells' mobile port  
by Staff [01.09.20]
Laura Saada with mobile publisher Playdigious dives deep into the harrowing process of bringing a frenetic button-centric "roguevania" to touchscreen devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Video: How to be a better leader in game dev  
by Staff [01.09.20]
In this 2017 GDC session, Schell Games founder Jesse Schell presents simple principles of game studio leadership that can help anyone become a better leader, no matter how big or small the team.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Glean unique UX insights from centuries of card game design at GDC  
by Staff [01.09.20]
Come to GDC 2020 in March and catch designer Julia Keren-Detar's discusses game UX tips and best practices devised and perfected over centuries of card games, and which stand the test of time!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Creating the ever-improvising text adventures of AI Dungeon 2  
by John Harris [01.09.20]
AI Dungeon 2 created quite a stir upon its unveiling, so much that they had to quickly rework it to cut down on bandwidth costs.
Indie, Programming, Design

Brass Lion aims to build hype for its debut game with a premium podcast  
by Alex Wawro [01.07.20]
Brass Lion Entertainment is working with subscription-based podcast platform Luminary and Marginal Mediaworks to produce a scripted podcast set in the universe of its debut game Corner Wolves.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: What cats can teach you about empathic game design  
by Staff [01.07.20]
In this 2019 GDC session, Mew and Me's Willem Delventhal explains how designing games for house cats helped him think about designing games for humans as well.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Here are your finalists for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Awards!  
by Staff [01.07.20]
With big honors for Mutazione, Eliza, Untitled Goose Game, and more, IGF organizers are excited to announce all the finalists for the 22nd annual IGF Awards!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC, IGF

On the uncharted waters of procedural narratives  
by Artur Ganszyniec [01.07.20]
Our friends spent five weeks freezing on a boat to Antarctica, and we used his experience to design a documentary, procedural narrative in Wanderlust Travel Stories.
Indie, Design

Video: Understanding the remarkable tech and design of Noita  
by Staff [01.06.20]
In this 2019 GDC session, Nolla Games' Petri Purho talks about the technical details of the remarkable physics engine which drives the design of indie sensation Noita.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Learn to design loads of levels the What the Golf? way at GDC 2020  
by Staff [01.06.20]
Triband's comedic physics puzzler What the Golf? is packed with levels that surprise the player in hilarious ways, and at GDC in March you'll have a chance to see how they were all designed!
Indie, Design, GDC

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: The top 10 game developers of the year 1
by Staff [01.06.20]
2019 was a total blur of a year because of a relentless firehose of great games. Behind those games of 2019 were developers who we want to recognize here.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Doom, Final Doom, Doom 2020  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.04.20]
The latest highlights include two standout articles about id Software's classic Doom, plus the top upcoming games of 2020, some final 'best of 2019' charts, some great retro game articles, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Indie game marketing tips with Failbetter's Hannah Flynn  
by Staff [01.03.20]
Hannah Flynn has overseen the marketing of successful games like Fallen London, Sunless Sea, and Sunless Skies as communications director at London-based Failbetter Games. She shares her marketing tips on the latest GDC Podcast.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: How Disco Elysium's interjections turn information into gameplay 3
by Artur Ganszyniec [01.03.20]
A look at how Disco Elysium's interjection mechanic reflects the Kuleshov effect.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC welcomes new talk on how side projects help with game dev burnout  
by Staff [01.03.20]
Veteran game developer Laralyn McWilliams returns to GDC 2020 in March to deliver an important talk about how you can battle burnout by cultivating healthy, creative rituals around a side project!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: The top 10 games of the year  
by Staff [01.03.20]
2019 was an incredible year for games--a year so flush with work worth celebrating that it will surely be remembered for years to come.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing