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Designing the personality-based narrative system of Jenny LeClue  
by Jack Yarwood [10.07.19]
Indie studio Mografi tells us how the team designed the narrative system of Jenny LeClue - Detectivu, and how choices were implemented to define character personality, as opposed to shaping the plot.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Inspirations: Neon Nemesis, the arcade cabinet with a twist  
by Staff [10.04.19]
Neon Nemesis is a remarkable feat of engineering and a one-of-a-kind arcade game, one that hopefully inspires more game devs to think outside the box and submit a project for Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2020!
Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

Don't Miss: In It To Minit: Designing a world of one-minute adventures  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
Minit devs Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman open up about how they designed their one-minute adventure game to be fun but not frustrating, and why time limits are great for emphasizing player choice.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How to create effective, organic-feeling tilesets for your game 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.19]
"The best way to create more lively, organic feeling tilesets required not a change in technique," explains Butterscotch Shenanighans artist Samuel Coster. "But an increase in the number of tiles."
Indie, Art

Don't Miss: 7 horror games (plus some movies) every designer should study 22
by Alex Wawro [10.02.19]
In this timeless feature, Gamasutra speaks to a handful of game developers from across the industry (and the world) to get their recommendations on what horror games designers should play -- and why.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Astroneer's Wanderer update is a tribute to late System Era co-founder Paul Pepera 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.19]
The latest update for System Era’s spacefaring exploration game Astroneer contains designs and hidden images that pay tribute to cofounder Paul Pepera, who passed in 2017.
Console/PC, Indie

Video: Game artists offer advice on building a killer portfolio  
by Staff [10.01.19]
Artists Greg Foertsch, Moby Francke, Gavin Goulden, Claire Hummel, Wyeth Johnson and Alison Kelly share advice on portfolio pitfalls, how to avoid them, and how to hold an art director's attention!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Choice design with Zachtronics' Matthew Burns - GDC Podcast ep. 2 2
by Kris Graft [10.01.19]
Matthew Burns of Zachtronics joins the new GDC Podcast to talk about his arresting visual novel Eliza, a story about the ethical conflicts surrounding an AI therapy program. How does a game with so little choice say so much about player agency?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Video: Crowdfunding your video game in 2019  
by Staff [09.30.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, ICO Partners' Thomas Bidaux goes over the current state of crowdfunding for video games and offers timely advice for devs considering it as a funding option.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Untitled Goose Newsletter  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.29.19]
This week's highlights include Untitled Goose Game, of course, but also pieces on Noita, Later Alligator, What The Golf, The Last Of Us 2, an unreleased MC Hammer game (!), & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Accommodating player failure and recovery 4
by Phill Cameron [09.27.19]
We talk to Clint Hocking, Chris Avellone and Michael De Plater about the convention of player death as a fail state, and what happens when you move past it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't delay: Monday is your last day to pitch a GDC 2020 Summit talk!  
by Staff [09.27.19]
Just a quick reminder today that all submissions for GDC 2020's Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, and Game Career Seminar are due this Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Reminder: Monday is the last day to submit your game for IGF 2020!  
by Staff [09.27.19]
Hey indies, don't delay: The submission deadline for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Main Competition is this coming Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
Indie, IGF

Designing the varied control schemes of multi-animal wonder Lost Ember  
by Aron Garst [09.27.19]
In Mooneye Studios' upcoming game Lost Ember, players control a wide variety of animals, including a wolf, a duck, an otter, and more. Developer Tobias Graff told us how the studio tackled the many-animal problem.
Indie, Art, Design, Video

Capybara Games co-founder Nathan Vella is leaving the studio after 16 years  
by Alissa McAloon [09.26.19]
Nathan Vella, one of the founding devs behind Below developer Capybara Games, is departing the Canadian studio he helped found back in 2003.
Indie

Don't Miss: Behind the colorful music wheel of Wandersong 1
by Bryant Francis [09.26.19]
Wandersong's Greg Lobanov digs into the game's intriguing color wheel of song, why he crafted an aesthetic around a 'rainbow of sound', and how he designed puzzles solvable by singing.
Indie, Design

IGF 2020 Inspirations: The mind-bending, IGF award-winning Baba Is You  
by Staff [09.25.19]
Get inspired, and then get moving: GDC organizers still accepting submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, but you've gotta get your game in before this coming Monday, September 30th!
Indie, Design, IGF

Do you need a publisher to 'make your game sell'?  
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.19]
In the world of near-infinite games, does a 'video game publisher' actually make your game sell better? Here's some key points to think about when you decide if you want a publisher or... not.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the art that gives colors back to Dead Cells' cryptic worlds 5
by Gwenaël Massé [09.24.19]
"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

Video: How Aliens, Odysseus, and Toyota can help improve game production  
by Staff [09.23.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Justin Fischer digs into the science of game production by explaining why the same tools used to manage billion-dollar supply chains can work for game development!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault