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Deep Dive: Turning phone UX into game mechanics in horror game SIMULACRA 2  
by Jeremy Ooi [03.12.20]
Jeremy Ooi, co-founder of Kaigan Games, explains how he and his team turned the common mobile phone user experience into game mechanics in the "found phone" SIMULACRA horror games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest postmortem 5
by Staff [03.11.20]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori and The Blind Forest.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The tale of porting No Code's text-based Stories Untold to Switch 1
by Andrew King [03.11.20]
When No Code ported the text-based adventure game Stories Untold from PC to Nintendo Switch, the studio had to alter the game's original input method--keystrokes--and make it work for a game controller, among other challenges.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule  
by Staff [03.10.20]
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce plans to stream talks during the week GDC 2020 would have taken place, March 16-20!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Pixel Pets: How game developers bring animals to life  
by Stacey Henley [03.10.20]
We speak with developers behind games including Shelter 3, Pupperazzi and more to find out various approaches to imbuing virtual animals with real emotions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How John Wick Hex establishes character through action 1
by Jack Yarwood [03.09.20]
"While we copy the tropes of the action movies, the idea that you should be able to define a character by what the gameplay verbs are is just something that we don’t really talk about, but it just seems really obvious to me," says John Wick Hex dev Mike Bithell.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Not For Broadcast, The Longing Of Kirby  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.07.20]
The latest highlights include looks at Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Be a Gameplay Engineer at Heart Machine  
by Staff [03.06.20]
The folks at Hyper Light Drifter dev Heart Machine seek a gameplay engineer skilled in UE4 to join the team at their Culver City, California studio!
Indie, Programming, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' 18
by Staff [03.06.20]
"Instead of having the darkness being directly linked to player's health, it made a lot more sense if it affected their mental well-being," writes dev Thomas Grip in a look at Amnesia's sanity meter.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Writing, directing, and designing FMV censorship simulator Not for Broadcast 1
by John Harris [03.05.20]
Gamasutra speaks with Alex Paterson, creator, director, writer, and artist on Not for Broadcast about the dev team's non-traditional background, making FMV games in 2020, and his approach to writing game scripts.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Behind the Jackie Chan-inspired combat of Bloodroots  
by Aron Garst [03.03.20]
"In [Chan's] movies, he uses everything around him. He'll put his foot in a pot and smash it on someone's head and then grab a ladder and spin it. We wanted to capture that feeling of going from enemy to enemy."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Iran video games timeline: from 1970 to 2019 18
by Arash Hackimi, Saeed Zafarany, Brandon Sheffield [03.02.20]
Journalist and game designer Arash Hackimi offers an extensive look at evolution of Iran's video game industry, tracing through nearly 50 years of Iranian video game history.
Indie, History

Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning Cyberpunk 2077's Shadow Dust  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.20]
The latest link highlights include a crazy Dark Souls speedrunning exploit, Cyberpunk 2077 from a couple of different angles, the lovely looking new title Luna The Shadow Dust & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How Supergiant added new goddess Demeter to Hades' pantheon 1
by Jay Castello [02.28.20]
“Demeter hadn’t really been in the running among gods we were eager to add,” explains Greg Kasavin. “For one thing, I believe she would rank dead last in terms of ‘household name’ status among Olympians."
Indie, Design

What does $1M in Steam sales look like? Academia: School Simulator case study 11
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.20]
Simon Carless dives deep into the Steam sales of Early Access game Academia: School Simulator. The game's generated $1 million in sales so far...but how much of that does the dev actually see?
Indie, Business/Marketing

Explore 24 remarkable games at the GDC 2020 Indie Megabooth Showcase!  
by Staff [02.26.20]
GDC 2020 is happening next month, and today organizers share the full list of remarkable games that will be playable on the show floor as part of the ever-popular Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Adventure game trailblazer Roberta Williams to receive Pioneer Award at GDC 2020 1
by Staff [02.26.20]
Organizers of the 20th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be honoring the trailblazing storyteller and game creator Roberta Williams with this year's Pioneer Award.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Julián Palacios' Promesa  
by Joel Couture [02.26.20]
Nuovo Award-nominated Promesa is an exploration of memories and dreams - of the connections we make with someone when we truly listen to them. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Pathfinding for three playable characters simultaneously in Path of Giants  
by Andrew Farrell [02.26.20]
Andrew Farrell with indie developer Journey Bound Games goes into detail about how his studio implemented pathfinding in their impressive debut game, Path of Giants.
Indie, Design

Designing the offbeat comedy of Crows Crows Crows' Accounting +  
by Jack Yarwood [02.25.20]
William Pugh, the game designer known for his work on The Stanley Parable and Accounting +, explains his approach to humor in games, and the importance of preserving the joy in ones' work.
Indie, Design, Video