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Don't Miss: Our 30th anniversary retrospective of Gradius 7
by Kurt Kulata [05.29.15]
Remember Gradius? Konami's stand-out 2D shooter franchise was released 30 years ago today, and in this feature Hardcore Gaming 101's Kurt Kalata takes us on a stroll through its releases.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Composing adaptive music for video games using Elias 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.29.15]
A how-to guide: "I immediately fell in love with its intuitive interface and powerful features. I was able to turn a linear composition into an adaptive score ready for a video game in less than an hour."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Don't Miss: A behind-the-scenes look at sound design for Journey Exclusive 14
by Steve Johnson [05.28.15]
"There are too many stories in these sounds for the world to never know," wrote Journey sound designer Steve Johnson in this timeless 2012 feature. "So I thought I'd share them with you."
Console/PC, Audio, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The Pac-Man Dossier Exclusive 10
by Jamey Pittman [05.26.15]
What design and AI lessons can we learn from Namco's seminal Pac-Man? From history through behavior, Gamasutra presents a comprehensive guide to the classic game in this 2009 feature.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Making the whimsical Monster Mingle: 2D art process and more 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
Mingling monster parts and exploring a "world full of surprises" -- the art process for creating good-looking, kid-friendly characters and populating a world full of them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design

Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 8
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow Exclusive GDMag Exclusive 7
by Toru Iwatani [05.22.15]
35 years ago today, Namco released Pac-Man in Japan and jumpstarted a new age of game development. In this classic 2005 Game Developer Magazine feature, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani explains how.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

Brighten the corners of game audio  
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.15]
Audio veteran Damian Kastbauer takes a hard look at professional group GANG, the Game Audio Network Guild, and questions whether it's working for today's audio professionals.
Console/PC, Audio

Don't Miss: Secret of Mana's enduring influence on game design 23
by Christian Nutt, Douglas Wilson [05.19.15]
What makes Secret of Mana for Super Nintendo so timeless? Back in 2013, Die Gute Fabrik's Douglas Wilson and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt discussed the topic on the week of the game's 20th anniversary.
Console/PC, Art, Audio, Design

Don't Miss: John Romero and Tom Hall recount making Doom 2
by Staff [05.18.15]
Designers John Romero and Tom Hall share their stories of developing id Software's seminal first-person shooter Doom in this classic video postmortem from GDC 2011.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch a Republic Commando dev play the game and recount its creation 3
by Alex Wawro [05.14.15]
Heads up: Star Wars: Republic Commando lead programmer Brett Douville has begun livestreaming himself playing the game on his Twitch channel while discussing the ins and outs of its development.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

Blog: How mixing genres leads to game music inspiration  
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.15]
"In early days, I tended to drift (as most inexperienced composers do) into the well-known clichés of genre... By the time I started scoring for games, I was beginning to get bored with my own approach."
Indie, Audio

Watch your favorite GDC talks now on the new GDC YouTube channel  
by Staff [05.08.15]
Game Developers Conference officials are very excited to announce the launch of an official GDC YouTube channel where you can watch clips of game industry experts sharing knowledge with their peers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: A look back at the history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 11
by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice [05.05.15]
In this classic 2009 feature, authors Matt Barton and Bill Loguidice offer a history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the game that popularized a niche genre and sparked a host of imitators.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Moon Studios' heartfelt Ori and the Blind Forest Exclusive 4
by Thomas Mahler [05.05.15]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The classic postmortem of Shadows of the Empire 4
by Mark Haigh-Hutchinson [05.04.15]
This classic 1997 postmortem by the late Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, originally printed in Game Developer magazine, goes behind the scenes on early Nintendo 64 title Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A guide for the virtual reality game music composer  
by Gamasutra Community [05.01.15]
What it takes to create music for VR games -- from tech to "the voice in our heads" -- as written by award-winning composer Winifred Phillips (God of War, Assassin's Creed III).
Console/PC, Audio

Writing Does Not Commute's chaotic traffic tunes 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.30.15]
From concept to execution, along with a sample: Creating a '70s-influenced soundtrack for a chaotic and sarcastically funny mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio

Tips for making music for kids' games 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.28.15]
"Often, the type of game you’re creating is the deciding factor. Have discussions with the leads about your opinions, and always keep your target audience, and target paying audience in mind."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Video: Brian Moriarty's classic postmortem of Loom  
by Staff [04.27.15]
At GDC 2015 Loom creator Brian Moriarty delivered a Classic Game Postmortem on the game's intriguing development, its unique innovations and its lasting impact on the industry.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault