Killer & Dragons: The GungHo and Grasshopper Interview
by Christian Nutt
His company went from an unknown to beating Nintendo for market cap thanks to the success of Puzzle & Dragons, and in this interivew, Kazuki Morishita explains his personal management style to Gamasutra -- joined by Goichi "SUDA51" Suda, whose studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, he recently acquired.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
From XNA to MonoGame
by Dean Ellis
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
Secrets of Quick Iteration in the Core Social Space
by Gabi Shalel
How do you react to the speed of the mid-core social market -- incorporating ideas from fans and developers while getting updates out there quickly? Total Domination developers Plarium explain.
Design, Production, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Managing Risk in Video Game Development
by Paul Tozour
How do you best manage risk when creating a game? Using this article and the attached spreadsheet, you can better identify the problem areas in your game and get a sense of whether any decisions you are making actually make business sense.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
A Mini-Postmortem Roundup
by Game Developer Magazine Staff
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
Postmortem: Overhaul Games' Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
by Trent Oster
How did a PC classic get reborn as a multiplatform "enhanced edition"? Founding BioWare developer Trent Oster takes us behind the scenes of the development of the Baldur's Gate remake, and all of its complications.
Postmortem, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Winds of Change: Ben Cousins on Today and the Future
by Brandon Sheffield
The big publishers are in danger, the console market is in decline, and the tablet is an ascending game platform -- the evidence is all around you, but infrequently is it presented with such clarity as by Ngmoco's Ben Cousins, studio head of Scattered Entertainment, in this interview.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Ridiculous Fishing: The Game that Nearly Ended Vlambeer
by Mike Rose
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
Making the Move to HTML5, Part 3
by David Galeano, Duncan Tebbs
Thinking of targeting HTML5 for mobile games? What about high-end projects? Whatever your goal, this feature has you covered -- it's a deep delve into a variety of essential components of a game using the tech, discussing its application in different types of projects.
Programming, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Let's Talk About Touching: Making Great Touchscreen Controls
by Tim Rogers
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