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Ethical Free-to-Play Game Design (And Why it Matters) 99
by Greg Costikyan [01.10.14]
Ex-Playdom senior designer and game industry veteran Greg Costikyan takes a hard look at free-to-play design and business practices and urges the industry to change them -- as ethical design will increase long-term value.
Business/Marketing, Design, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Best of 2013: Gamasutra's Top Games of the Year 51
by Gamasutra staff [12.23.13]
In 2013, we handled our "Game of the Year" list quite differently. Instead of publishing a single top 10, Gamasutra writers simply picked five games that they loved most in 2013.
Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Making Knack: An interview with Mark Cerny 7
by Christian Nutt [12.20.13]
Veteran developer Mark Cerny was lead system architect for the PlayStation 4 and also directed Knack for the launch lineup -- and here shares his game developing methodology.
Design, Production, Interview, Console/PC

Game developers reflect on a changed console landscape 4
by Christian Nutt [11.21.13]
How games are made, how they're purchased, and even in some cases, the definition of games has changed dramatically over the course of the past console generation.
Design, Production

With the luster of social games gone, what now? 47
by Leigh Alexander [11.04.13]
Up until a few years ago, the potential of social network games seemed limitless. Now that reality has sunk in, game designers who were once proponents of social games acknowledge that the space may never live up to its potential.
Business/Marketing, Design, Social/Online

Harnessing the power of motion control in video games 1
by Mike Rose [10.30.13]
A variety of developers with plenty of experience in the field of motion controls give Gamasutra insight into how studios should go about tackling the space. Devices discussed include Kinect, Leap Motion and PlayStation Move.
Design, Console/PC, Advanced Input and Output

How Tale of Tales lets creativity, collaboration rule game development  
by Christian Nutt [10.16.13]
In this interview, conducted shortly after GDC Europe concluded, Tale of Tales discuss letting creativity and collaboration rule game development while leaving behind the ties to the games that inspired them in the past.
Design, Art, Interview, Indie

Postmortem: DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 6
by Chris Harvey [09.23.13]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed PlayStation Network Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

A New Pokémon for a New Era 9
by Christian Nutt [09.19.13]
Pokémon X and Y launches next month, and Gamasutra speaks to director Junichi Masuda about the encroachment of smartphones, changing player habits, and staying inspired 18 years on.
Design, Interview, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Puppeteer: A macabre fairy tale game made 'the Japanese way' 9
by Christian Nutt [09.10.13]
British ex-pat and 10-year Sony Japan Studio studio veteran Gavin Moore, director of Puppeteer, discusses why Japanese developers deserve respect, and how console games are turning off audiences and creators both.
Design, Console/PC