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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

The Old Guard: An Interview with Tim Sweeney 17
by Brandon Sheffield [03.22.13]
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 16
by Alexander M. Freed [03.21.13]
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.
Design

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