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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

Making Halo 4: A Story About Triple-A 13
by Kris Graft [04.26.13]
Whether you love the Halo franchise for its expansive lore and emergent gameplay, or hate it for its sci-fi marines vs. aliens video game-ness, it's difficult not to be intrigued by Halo 4 developer 343 Industries: a group of true believers who didn't even really have a studio when development of the game began.
Design, Production

A Journey to Monaco: Andy Schatz Looks Back 9
by Mike Rose [04.18.13]
The developer of the IGF grand prize winner reflects on the game, almost four years in the making -- recounting his personal struggles, his business problems, and the solutions he's learned over the course of making the game.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie

Making a Game the Nintendo Way - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 7
by Christian Nutt [04.12.13]
Nintendo will work on games for a long time before it's ready to ship, making sure that the gameplay is polished, fun, and surprising. This Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon interview gets to the bottom of the process.
Design, Programming, Production, Interview, Console/PC

The Designer's Notebook: Three Problems for Interactive Storytellers, Resolved 56
by Array [04.08.13]
Building on his PhD research, Gamasutra's longtime columnist explores the ways in which game narrative is still problematic, testing theories and solutions, and offering potential suggestions based on years of research and thought.
Design

Why are We Still Talking about LucasArts' Old Adventure Games? 32
by Frank Cifaldi [04.05.13]
What was it about the environment at Lucasfilm Games during the golden age of its graphical adventure games in the 80s and 90s? Why are we still talking about those games today? We polled our development community.
Design, Interview, Console/PC, Exclusive, History

Postmortem: Q-Games' Pixeljunk 4am 6
by Rowan Parker [04.03.13]
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 37
by Joe Martin [04.01.13]
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.
Design