Exclusive interview with indie developer Justin Declues

Justin Declues and his team of independent developers at Zero Particle have recently released their first two games on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and he agreed to an exclusive interview with the Game Creators Vault discussing his history in the video-game industry and career as a game developer. Parker: Tell me about […]

Gameplay session with “FTL: Faster Than Light” co-creator Justin Ma

Our own John Sollitto got a chance to play popular indie game “FTL: Advanced Edition“ with one of it’s developers and co-founder of Subset Games, Justin Ma. Ma fielded questions from viewers of the live stream as he coached John through the updated gameplay of this new version of “FTL.”

Advice on character design from Valve

A design guide for character art in Valve’s popular game “DOTA 2” is available for free on their website.The guide goes through some best practices for creating characters from their game, but the advice can be applied to character design anywhere. Some topics touched on in the guide include color choice, silhouettes, gradients and saturation.Aspiring […]

Crunch time!

Let’s discuss the dreaded Crunch Time! Now I understand that “Crunch” is a time honored tradition of game development, usually brought about by poor production planning, crazy publisher demands or show demos, but I’ll leave this for another blog post. It has its merits but it can also be a lesson in diminishing returns if […]

Dream Chasers v1.0

[Ed. Note] This article was written by Game Creator’s Vault founder and video-game industry professional Mark Soderwall. Mark Soderwall speaking at the University of California Irvine. A fairly common question I get asked after lectures and presentations I give on game-design best practices is How to stay so passionate or positive in an industry that […]

Design from head to paper

So many people have good (and sometimes great) game ideas. But if they only ever stay in your head, they’ll remain only that – ideas! Start getting comfortable with putting your thoughts on paper – physical or digital – as quick as possible. Committing ideas to paper serves two strong purposes: 1) It gets your […]