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Game dev blogs to follow when starting out in games design

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If you’ve already started out in indie games development, you’re probably already aware of the bigger blogs like Gamasutra, Pocket Gamer, and Games Radar. But there are few other blogs which it’s worth keeping an eye on, too.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites here, but let us know if you think there’s anything you think we’ve missed and we’ll add them to the list!

For games development tutorials

gamedevelopment.tutsplus/

Part of Envato tuts, on this blog you’ll find free tutorials and online courses to help you learn game development – from introductory guides to building your first game, designing levels and 2D platformer physics, to more advanced, specific tutorials on digital art of using different engines.

gamedev.net

There’s loads of helpful articles and tutorials available on this site, as well as forums where you can chat with other game devs, career resources, and developer blogs.

For up-to-date information on the games industry

develop-online.net

Develop Online focuses totally on the games development sector. It covers everything to do with business, coding, art, and sound, conducts interviews with some of the leading figures in games design, and tackles serious industry issues.

For in-depth information on programming

Gaffer on Games

Gaffer on Games offers a range of articles relating mainly to networking and physics. Written by Glen Fiedler, who used to be a network programmer in the AAA games industry, these articles provide valuable step-by-step advice for any computer games programmer.

For thought-provoking essays on art and design

Lost Garden

Lost Garden offers a collection of really interesting essays about art, game design craft, game design science, and free resources available to games designers. The blog has been going since 2005 so there’s a wealth of information available, but all posts are tagged so the blog is easy to navigate – there’s even a “worth reading” category if you find the number of posts a bit overwhelming to begin with.

For everything you need to know about marketing your game

Indie Game Girl

Emmy Jonassen is a video games marketing consultant whose website offers free marketing resources for games developers. She has so much helpful information available for free, including templates you can use to build your website, press release or tweet schedule, a calculator to help you make sure your ads are making you money, along with a wealth of advice on how to market your game for free or on a budget. Definitely not one to be missed.

And just for fun...

Brother Brain/

NYC-based artist John McGregor creates some awesome pixel animations of old school video games. These gifs are worth looking at just because they’re cool.