Postmortem: Q-Games' Pixeljunk 4am
by Rowan Parker
The postmortem of the IGF-nominated interactive music title for PlayStation Network which was originally printed in Game Developer magazine -- complete with new up-to-date commentary from the game's developers.
Audio, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie
ANGELINA: The Computer Program that Designs Games
by Joe Martin
Michael Cook of London Imperial's Computational Creativity Group has created an AI that can design its own games. As the tech forges ahead at a phenomenal pace, Joe Martin queries the underlying philosophy of it all.
The Old Guard: An Interview with Tim Sweeney
by Brandon Sheffield
Sometimes we reach greatness by standing on the shoulders of giants -- and anyone who has ever made a game with the Unreal Engine knows that Tim Sweeney is just such a behemoth. In this interview he folds forth on the present and future of 3D engines for high-powered games.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview
Developing Meaningful Player Character Arcs in Branching Narrative
by Alexander M. Freed
Can you deliver both choice and a character art that has depth and meaning in the same game? Alexander M. Freed, formerly of BioWare, explores the possibility space, drawing from examples from existing games and adding in his own ideas.
Level Design in a Day: Your Questions, Answered
by Coray Seifert
In the run-up to the popular GDC session -- which runs on Tuesday, March 26 -- Gamasutra collected questions from its community, which many of the participants answer here in roundtable format, including level designers from Epic, Bethesda, and Visceral Games.
Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
by Leigh Alexander
Interactive Fiction is becoming en vogue thanks to the proliferation of both games and digital reading devices, such as tablets and e-readers. Game Developer magazine speaks to some of the form's leading lights to get a bead on the best tools and the best work being done -- and why the form is as vital as any other in games.
Design, Interview, Indie
The Language of Monetization Design
by Ramin Shokrizade
Without fully understanding the meaning of terms like "microtransaction" and "pay-to-win," argues monetization design consultant Ramin Shokrizade, you don't have a basis for implementing these models -- and in this paper, he proposes a basic lexicon.
Are Game(r)s Art(ists)?
by Darby McDevitt
Assassin's Creed 4 lead writer Darby McDevitt proposes a way of looking at games -- as a blend of two types of mechanics, Agency and Destiny -- that have different goals and deliver to the player different types of emotions, but which can work together.
The Metrics Aren't the Message
by Laralyn McWilliams
Metrics can rule you -- but should they? The Workshop Entertainment's new design director and Free Realms veteran Laralyn McWilliams explains how a pivotal moment in her life showed her that overreliance on analytics and friction in social games isn't the answer.
Ridiculous Fishing: The Game that Nearly Ended Vlambeer
by Mike Rose
The story of how the Dutch indie developer (Super Crate Box) almost lost its way entirely after its game was cloned, and that clone became a big hit on the App Store -- and how it found its way to work again with the help of some notable collaborators.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet