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Panic will ship Playdate preview units to curious devs ahead of full launch  
by Alissa McAloon [12.20.19]
Panic now aims to sell developer preview units ahead of the Playdate's full launch, giving a small slice of developers a bit of a jump on any Playdate-focused projects they've got in mind.
Console/PC, Indie

Come to GDC for fresh insights on exploring sex and emotions through game design  
by Staff [12.20.19]
At GDC 2020 a panel of seasoned game makers from around the industry will discuss how and why they focus on these types of games in spite of the many challenges that come their way.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

4 events that shook up the game industry in 2019 1
by Alex Wawro [12.20.19]
From the Riot walkout to Activision Blizzard's big layoffs, Gamasutra looks back and reflects on some of the more impactful events to happen in the game industry during 2019.
Console/PC, Indie

Indie game marketing tips with Failbetter's Hannah Flynn - GDC Podcast ep. 5  
by Kris Graft [12.19.19]
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, Podcast, GDC

Video: Networking etiquette for today's game industry professional  
by Staff [12.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Polytundra's Jarryd Huntley dives into the complex art of professional networking, with tips for aspiring developers looking to make professional connections.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

See the 4D level design of Outer Wilds deconstructed at GDC 2020! 1
by Staff [12.18.19]
Developer Mobius Digital will be at the Game Developers Conference in March to show you exactly how the game was designed!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Alex Wawro's Top 5 Games 1
by Alex Wawro [12.18.19]
The game industry shipped a ton of great games in 2019; here are five! Two of them have at least a little to do with feelings, but three have cool guns, so hopefully it all evens out in the end.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC YouTube Top 5: Wooga's Jana Sloan van Geest  
by Kris Graft [12.17.19]
For December, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Jana Sloan van Geest, senior game writer at Berlin, Germany-based studio Wooga and writer on Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Inside the UX of onboarding and player engagement  
by Staff [12.16.19]
In this 2016 GDC session, UX researcher Celia Hodent cover the common onboarding pitfalls in game design, provide guidelines and discusses best practices with examples from games like Fortnite.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

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