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Features » Production
Postmortem: The Chinese Room's Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs 22
by Peter Howell [05.23.14]
A look back at the development of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs from the perspective of The Chinese Room, and which focuses on not just its development but the collaboration with series creator Frictional Games.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Console/PC, Indie

Friends forever: The story of Sportsfriends 1
by Mike Rose [05.05.14]
Douglas Wilson and Bennett Foddy talk us through how Sportsfriends came about, from the troubles of publishing J.S. Joust on its own, to finding the perfect four games for the package.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Crowdfunding, Advanced Input and Output

Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV 10
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot a failed MMO into an all-new project.
Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Social/Online

Diversity, communication, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf 1
by Christian Nutt [04.02.14]
Aya Kyogoku, co-director, and Katsuya Eguchi, producer, sit down and discuss the development of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and how fostering a diverse, communicative team leads to the best results.
Design, Production, Console/PC, Social/Online

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

Chris Roberts on Star Citizen Crowdfunding Success, and Why He Doesn't Want a Publisher 35
by Christian Nutt [09.26.13]
Chris Roberts has an atypically successful crowdfunding story -- but then again, as the creator of Wing Commander, he has an atypically successful career. With 20 million dollars in Star Citizen funding, he has insights to share.
Business/Marketing, Production, Interview, Console/PC, Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Digital Publishing

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

Postmortem: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 11
by Mike Fridley [07.30.13]
In this postmortem, reprinted from the April 2012 issue of Game Developer magazine, former Big Huge Games executive producer Mike Fridley walks through what went right and what went wrong with Kingdoms of Amalur's production leading up to a release that would sink two studios.
Postmortem, Production, GD Mag Exclusive, Alternative Funding

When players buy your game before it's done: Expert tips on alpha funding 6
by Mike Rose [07.30.13]
Interested in alpha funding? Find out what you need to know first -- from Dean Hall (DayZ), Chris Simpson (Project Zomboid), and of course Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft), among others.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding