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Level Design in a Day: Your Questions, Answered 7
by Coray Seifert [03.19.13]
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.
Design

Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance 5
by Leigh Alexander [03.14.13]
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 20
by Ramin Shokrizade [03.13.13]
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.
Design, Social/Online

Are Game(r)s Art(ists)? 34
by Darby McDevitt [03.12.13]
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.
Design

The Metrics Aren't the Message 27
by Laralyn McWilliams [03.11.13]
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.
Design, Social/Online

Ridiculous Fishing: The Game that Nearly Ended Vlambeer 10
by Mike Rose [03.08.13]
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

Untold Riches: The Intricate Platforming of Tomb Raider 12
by Hamish Todd [03.01.13]
What game design gems lurk in the unexplored nooks and crannies of the original 1996 Tomb Raider? With the franchise now rebooted, designer Hamish Todd takes a close look at the series' first game, and the possibilities its constrained platforming allowed.
Design

Postmortem: Unknown Worlds Entertainment's Natural Selection 2 20
by Charlie Cleveland [02.26.13]
The six year story of an indie Steam hit -- this is the story of how the team behind the popular shooter was formed, worked, and what they very much wish they could have changed about the company and project if they could.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

Let's Talk About Touching: Making Great Touchscreen Controls 31
by Tim Rogers [02.22.13]
Is it possible to make a touchscreen control interface that is device-native and as responsive and finely-tuned as one for a controller? In this Game Developer magazine reprint, Tim Rogers, developer of ZiGGURAT and TNNS, explores the possibility space.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Defender's Quest: By the Numbers, Part 2 22
by Lars Doucet [02.20.13]
Indie developer Lars Doucet takes us back for another look at how his game has performed now that it's received a massive update and, in the process, landed on stores like Steam and GOG, detailing both his gross revenue and what, on the developer's end, goes into generating those numbers.
Business/Marketing, Design, Indie