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Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by John Harris [05.08.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: Frog Detective Game dev shares tips for creating great comedy games  
by Staff [05.07.19]
Using examples from development of Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game, this GDC 2019 talk from dev Grace Bruxner focuses on the process of creating comedy games.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Exploring familiarity in level design 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Artist and designer Mateusz Piaskiewicz discuss how developers can harness positive memories and experiences by injecting the level design concept of familiarity into their design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown  
by Laura Saada [05.07.19]
Laura Saada with mobile publisher Playdigious dives deep into the harrowing process of bringing a frenetic button-centric "roguevania" to touchscreen devices.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Tips for finding and working with a publisher  
by Gamasutra Community [05.07.19]
Signing with a publisher is a step that shouldn't be taken lightly. It's important to ask yourself the right questions and to set up realistic expectations.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Designing SteamWorld Quest's card-based battle system  
by Kris Graft [05.06.19]
Game director Peter Johansson and lead game designer Robert Olsén​ deconstruct the design of Hand of Gilgamech's fun, accessible card battle system and reflect on what makes a good deckbuilding game.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Type Dreams, Death Punch Nightmares  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.05.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Cart Life creator's Victorian typing follow-up, the primal rage of One Finger Death Punch 2, developer pets in video games & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Legal experts discuss the law's impact on game dev in 2019 1
by Staff [05.02.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk a panel of legal experts discusses how legal developments in emulation, privacy, and more impact your work as a game maker.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Subset Games designed Into the Breach 1
by Staff [04.30.19]
At GDC 2019, Subset Games co-founder Matthew Davis details the Into the Breach design process from early drafts to the final balancing decisions (and how they came up with that great UI!)
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Breaking down Plague Inc: The Board Game's sales data, commercial performance 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.30.19]
James Vaughan, creator of the massive hit Plague Inc., shares data from the first few years of selling Plague Inc: The Board Game, and offers key takeaways for other designers heading into the board game market.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How the developer of Dig Dog learned to make games without using his hands 1
by Staff [04.29.19]
Longtime game dev Rusty Moyher chats with Gamasutra about exactly how (and why) he created his new game Dig Dog almost entirely without using his hands due to severe RSI.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why you should put your name on your indie game  
by Staff [04.24.19]
Experienced indies Zach Gage & Bennett Foddy take the stage at GDC 2019 last month to discuss why indie game makers are one of the few craftspeople to not sign their work, and why that should change.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers 20
by Staff [04.24.19]
In this 2015 feature, a number of developers share their experiences working on some of the gorier aspects of game development and reflect on how that work affected them.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: Maintaining tension in Nex Machina 1
by Staff [04.22.19]
"We needed to cut as much of excess fat as possible and figure out what was really necessary to get the feeling you are on the "knife's edge"." - Henri Mustonen, Senior Level Designer at Housemarque.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Boldly she rode: How Heaven's Vault reinvents adventure games  
by Katherine Cross [04.22.19]
"Inkle has done something radically original here, a breath of fresh air in a game industry all but stultified by unimaginative impersonations and safe bets," says Gamasutra columnist Katherine Cross on Heaven's Vault.
Indie, Design

Behind Dawn of Man's style of 'ant colony' city-building 2
by John Harris [04.22.19]
Dawn of Man sped to the top of the Steam charts last month with its compelling style of simulation and city building. We got with Martiño Figueroa of developer Madruga Works to find out more about the game's development and design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Making debugging into a mechanic in Beglitched 1
by Staff [04.19.19]
"While debugging is considered to be one of the more odious aspects of programming, I felt that under the right circumstances, it could actually be exhilarating," says AP Thompson, designer of Beglitched.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Take me to the hole: Loss and triumph in Astroneer 1
by Katherine Cross [04.19.19]
It wasn't until columnist Katherine Cross fell into a hole that she truly understood the genius of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Indie, Design