Kris Graft is editor-in-chief, Gamasutra (@krisgraft)
Hey readers! I realize that often some of Gamasutra's best blogs and articles get buried over the course of time, so I figure it's worthwhile to start highlighting some of our best recently-published articles.
The 15 pieces below (10 blogs from game developers, and five articles from Gamasutra writers and contributors) are from the first quarter of this year (January-March). The list is a mix of our highest-trafficked articles, and some lower-trafficked-but-still-excellent articles. Bookmark this blog post or add it to your lists for later reading, or just go freaking nuts and read all of these articles right now. I'll highlight some more later down the line.
Last but not least, a HUGE thanks to our game developer bloggers who take the time to share their knowledge with their peers via our blogs -- Gamasutra simply would not be as good without you all. (If you'd like to start blogging on Gamasutra, here are the guidelines.)
Why League of Legends is the World's Greatest Game – Keith Burgun, Lead Game Designer at Dinofarm Games (@keithburgun)
Clash Royale - Deconstructing Supercell's Next Billion Dollar Game – Michail Katkoff, Design Director at Zynga (@m_katkoff)
What I Learned From Our Game Having a "Mostly Negative" Rating on Steam – Nicholas Laborde, Founder at Raconteur Games (@ChiefRaconteur)
Water interaction model for boats in video games: Part 2 – Jacques Kerner, Senior Software Engineer at Avalanche Studios
Traversal Level Design Principles – Travis Hoffstetter, Lead Gameplay Designer at Visceral Games
The 4 years of self-imposed crunch that went into Stardew Valley – By Chris Baker (@chrisbaker1337)
7 uses of procedural generation that all developers should study – By Richard Moss (@MossRC)
Q&A: Jonathan Blow on The Witness and the state of indie games – By Lexi Pandell (@lpandell)
Jake Solomon explains the careful use of randomness in XCOM 2 – By Roy Graham (@grayhaem)