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CryEngine sticking to $9.90 subscription, working hard to improve 1
by Christian Nutt [03.05.15]
Gamasutra speaks to Crytek's director of production, David Bowman, about the company's efforts in the last year to broaden its user-base, improve tools and capabilities, and speak to its community.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

The future of Morpheus, according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.05.15]
Gamasutra sits down with Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, to talk about the state of Project Morpheus and what developers should know about making PlayStation VR games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Git for Unity developers  
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"I tried to keep the tutorial as pragmatic as possible, covering the most common usage of Git. See the links throughout the article for some deep dives into different aspects of Git."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Being smart, being stupid with Hitman Go's design  
by Kris Graft [03.05.15]
At Game Developers Conference 2015, Daniel Lutz, game director at Square Enix Montreal, explained how designing with constraints in mind helped lead to the success of the stealthy mobile game Hitman Go.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Don't Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' 15
by Thomas Grip [03.05.15]
Amnesia: The Dark Descent's "sanity meter" feature was born out of darkness. Creative director Thomas Grip explains the evolution of the meter's design.
Console/PC, Design

Steam Machines and a Steam Controller have hit the Steam store 1
by Alex Wawro [03.05.15]
As GDC rolls on, Valve has listed a seemingly final version of the Steam Controller and an array of third-party Steam Machines on its Steam storefront.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 reasons NOT to outsource art  
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"There are a lot of advantages to art outsourcing, and for many projects it's a really great option, but outsourcing isn't always the best option for every project (or every part of every project)."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't save your bullets: Darkest Dungeon's Red Hook on Early Access  
by Phill Cameron [03.05.15]
We talk to Red Hook Studios, makers of Darkest Dungeon, about how to manage to successful Early Access game, and not saving your big guns for later.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Dynamic 2D character lighting in Unity 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"All in all we’re currently having 3D spot and point lights for ambient lighting, 2D volumetric lights for backlight refractions and 3D point lights for dynamic backlight effects in our scene."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art

Programming blog: Vector hosted lists  
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"Hosting a list in a vector ain't rocket science, but I think it's a good technique to have in mind when designing data structures generally, and it's definitely a worthwhile topic."
Console/PC, Programming

The value of 'rubber banding' as a casual engagement driver 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"Theoretically, you can say the concept and effect of rubber banding is a high engagement driver in casual games and is less effective in hardcore games."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Shadow of Mordor takes top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards 1
by Staff [03.04.15]
Monolith Productions' open-world action game netted the Game of the Year award this evening at the 15th annual GDC Awards, which also honored titles like Monument Valley and people like Brenda Romero.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Outer Wilds wins top honors at the 17th annual IGF Awards  
by Staff [03.04.15]
The celestial exploration game netted Team Outer Wilds the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game (and it's accompanying $30,000 cash award) at tonight's 17th annual IGF Awards.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Creative Assembly Brought Fear To Alien: Isolation Exclusive 3
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Alien: Isolation creative director Alistair Hope speaks at GDC 2015 about how Creative Assembly focused on building a horror game, not an action game, through deliberate design choices.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Weta Digital, Epic Games, and the future of film, games, and VR 1
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
Weta Digital head of R&D Alisdair Coull and Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri talk about the creation of the Smaug VR demo, the convergence of film and games art, and the opportunity for devs in VR.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, VR, GDC

Balance balls make better games? Tips from Swery65 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.04.15]
The always-spirited Swery65 offered a bevy of surprising and insightful development tips on everything from making better motion controls and creating more empathy to getting along with your team.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Teaching AI to eat with two hands from the fridge  
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"Granted, there are plenty of software systems more complex than this. So, wouldn't you concede, Dear Mr. Naysayer, that this task of eating out of the fridge was hard after all?"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Carmack's perspective on the future of mobile VR game development Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.04.15]
Oculus CTO John Carmack spent nearly two hours today speaking to GDC attendees about the ups and downs of mobile VR development, and what developers can do to make better VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Hands-on: Full-room SteamVR highly-impressive, even as a prototype  
by Kris Graft [03.04.15]
Valve Software was on hand at Game Developers Conference 2015, doing behind-closed-door demos of full-room SteamVR, and even in prototype form, the company's offering is already impressive.
Console/PC, Indie, VR, GDC

EA shutters venerable SimCity studio Maxis Emeryville 8
by Alex Wawro [03.04.15]
The venerable studio, originally founded as Maxis Software in 1987, has been shut down as EA consolidates ongoing development of The Sims and SimCity to its other Maxis satellite studios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing