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The SCUMM Diary: Stories behind one of the greatest game engines ever made 13
by Staff, Mike Bevan [07.12.13]
It's rare that the mention of a video game engine can elicit emotions nearly as strong as the games that it powers, but SCUMM is special in a lot of ways. SCUMM co-creator Aric Wilmunder tells the stories behind the well-regarded engine.
Design, Programming, Production

Dirty Game Development Tricks 20
by Game Developer Magazine Staff [06.24.13]
One of Game Developer's most popular features was our "Dirty Coding Tricks" bit from 2009, where we got devs to open up about some of their ugly hacks -- and in 2013 we're back with nine new from-the-trenches stories, including a few unorthodox tricks from other dev disciplines besides programming.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive

Postmortem: Treyarch's 2002 hit, Spider-Man 2
by Jamie Fristrom [06.21.13]
In this reprint from the August 2002 issue of Game Developer magazine, Spider-Man dev Jamie Fristrom (Energy Hook) writes about what went right and what went wrong with the game's development process.
Design, Postmortem, Programming, Production, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive

Postmortem - Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension 11
by Whitney Wade, Chacko Sonny [06.19.13]
In this postmortem from the final issue of Game Developer, Sony Santa Monica senior producer Whitney Wade and director of internal development Chacko Sonny discuss bringing multiplayer to the God of War experience.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Programming, Production, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive

Advanced Audio Streaming in Unity 12
by Ben Long, Fredrik Kaupang [06.06.13]
In the midst of making a simple casual game as part of a personal jam, Ben Long and Fredrik Kaupang uncovered a great trick for streaming audio in Unity.
Audio, Programming, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Revisiting Android 1
by Patrick Miller [05.28.13]
Android's reputation lags behind iOS, but its install base certainly does not. Game Developer magazine speaks to developers from across the mobile spectrum to get a bead on the challenges and opportunities the platform offers.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Sponsored: The World of Just Cause 2 - Using Creative Technology to Build Huge Open Landscapes 7
by Linus Blomberg [05.16.13]
A deep technical dive into how the developers of the Just Cause series create their sprawling, seamless open worlds -- exploring all of the tricks and techniques they've developed so far.
Programming, Art, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Sponsored Feature, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

From XNA to MonoGame 12
by Dean Ellis [05.15.13]
If you created a game in XNA, its discontinuation doesn't mean that you have to start over from scratch. Enter MonoGame, an open-source implementation of the XNA 4 API -- and this tutorial to help you use it.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored Feature: Yesterday's Minimum Spec is Today's Mass Market - Quality Game Performance Made Simple 1
by Intel Visual Computing [05.14.13]
This paper highlights common challenges encountered during the development of three world-class games and how developers used Intel GPA to quickly solve them, resulting in significant performance and quality gains.
Programming, Production, Art, Sponsored Feature

Programmer, Interrupted 17
by Chris Parnin [04.22.13]
There are many distractions at work, and unfortunately, our understanding of interruption and remedies for restoring focus are not too far from homeopathic cures and bloodletting leeches. But what is the evidence, and what can we do about it?
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive