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Features » Design
What Lies Beyond: Doorways in Gaming 5
by Dale Dobson [06.10.13]
How the door affects the human mind, and how games have used that transition in the past.
Design, Art, Console/PC

Not Puzzles, but Scenes: Cinematic Gameplay Interactions 8
by Lucas González [06.05.13]
How the developers of Deadlight stepped back from their puzzle system -- which absolutely was not working with the way their game was designed -- and reenvisioned it to much greater player satisfaction.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games 42
by Zack Wood [05.31.13]
Zack Wood studied game design in Japan, and here shares the philosophies that inform the rich, appealing worlds and characters of games developed in that country -- a new way of looking at building your worlds and creating their inhabitants.
Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Intro to User Analytics 4
by Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, Magy Seif El-Nasr [05.30.13]
An intro to analytics written by the editors of Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data, a compendium of insights from more than 50 experts in industry and research, which covers the most relevant questions: what to track, and how to analyze the data.
Business/Marketing, Design, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Dean Hall Discusses DayZ's Development Process 2
by Christian Nutt [05.24.13]
Project lead Dean Hall explains to Gamasutra the way his team is developing the new standalone game, including exactly what its players bring to the table and how Steam is integrated into the developers' workflow.
Design, Production, Interview, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online

Creating Virtual Reality Games: The Fundamentals 16
by Sébastien Kuntz [05.23.13]
As VR heats up again thanks to the emergence of the Oculus Rift, Gamasutra presents a ten-year veteran's take on best practices for developing immersive games using this technology.
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Secrets of Quick Iteration in the Core Social Space 7
by Gabi Shalel [05.13.13]
How do you react to the speed of the mid-core social market -- incorporating ideas from fans and developers while getting updates out there quickly? Total Domination developers Plarium explain.
Design, Production, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Pursuing a Video Game Masterpiece 40
by Paul Walker [05.10.13]
Three speakers reflect on the "games as art" debate -- but not whether they are art (they are) but instead what that means, how developers can best pursue it, and what tendencies might be holding them back.
Design, Interview, Console/PC

Postmortem: Appy Entertainment's Animal Legends 7
by Rory McGuire [05.06.13]
From building a flexible, low-cost server back-end to launching big in China, Animal Legends offered the team at Appy Entertainment a huge number of challenges -- which are fully outlined in this candid postmortem.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, China

A Mini-Postmortem Roundup 5
by Game Developer Magazine Staff [04.29.13]
Game Developer magazine has put together a collection of four shorter postmortems, each for a game developed for a different platform: Muteki's Dragon Fantasy (mobile), Subset Games's FTL (PC), KIXEYE's War Commander (social), and ]['s Dyad (console).
Business/Marketing, GD Mag, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Console/PC, Game Developer Magazine, Production, Postmortem, Design, GD Mag Exclusive