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Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids 29
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.15]
In this light-hearted 2014 post, a studio shares twenty "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Classic Postmortem: Ratchet & Clank GDMag Exclusive  
by Ted Price [11.27.15]
The PS2 platformer was released 12 years ago this month. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price wrote this detailed postmortem of the game's development for Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

RTS design: Economics and player agency 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.15]
"The more options players have to succeed in an RTS game, the more players will engage with that game. There are a number of facets to this, but Iíd like to look at game economies first."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Avalanche's model for video game boat physics 13
by Jacques Kerner [11.26.15]
In this 2014 feature Avalanche senior coder Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming piece.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Blog: The fanatic and his RPG 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.15]
"In early 2004, a middle-aged man with the Fallout-derived moniker 'Vault Dweller' wrote a brief forum post that began, 'Long story short, Iíve decided to make a game...' By late 2015, he had posted some 30,000 more messages."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Classic Postmortem: Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II GDMag Exclusive  
by Thomas Engel [11.26.15]
Factor 5's arcade-style action game was release 14 years ago this month. Here's an in-depth postmortem that first appeared in Game Developer magazine.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Solo iOS dev by an AAA vet: Lessons learned along the way 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.15]
"Swing Racers is a 3D racing game on iOS where you pull your car around the house with a rubber band -- the idea came from a dream I had. Hereís a write-up on the things Iíll do differently on the next project."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sanzaru Games seeks a Lead Designer  
by Staff [11.25.15]
"The Lead Designer will be responsible for spearheading the creation of gameplay systems, narrative, scenario authoring, and quality for our upcoming projects. This role will also include directing other designers."
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't miss: Psychology is fun 31
by Neils Clark [11.25.15]
In this thought-provoking piece, researcher and author Clark takes a look at how psychology and can must be applied to game development, to produce works that engage audiences -- offering up concrete examples.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

The psychology of the 'near-win' 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.15]
"The near-win is a concept used in gamification to create emotion and motivate people into repeating a behavior. It is often used in black-hat gamification to manipulate others."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Top designers share their personal techniques at GDC 2016  
by Staff [11.25.15]
As GDC 2016 approaches, organizers announce two new talks on game design and the importance of graphic design from veteran devs at studios like Ubisoft, Monolith, Insomniac and more.
Console/PC, Art, Design, GDC

Classic Postmortem: Myth: The Fallen Lords GDMag Exclusive  
by Jason Regier [11.25.15]
Bungie's Myth: The Fallen Lords was published 18 years ago today. Check out this in-depth postmortem of the real-time tactics title from Game Developer magazine.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Keeping mobile players engaged with holiday content  
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.15]
ďOur in-game holiday events donít necessarily lift our install conversion rate, but we know that users brought in during the events are highly engaged.Ē
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Devs weigh in on key innovations in Fallout 4's crafting system 5
by Bryant Francis [11.25.15]
'The game bends over backwards to share authorship. There is no grid. It prescribes no sense of right or wrong. The game trusts me to make horrific and wonderful things.'
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Testing your game? Test EVERYTHING else too!  
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.15]
"I already asked my testers for feedback, why not turn that into a dialogue? Heck, why not extend it further to other areas? Marketing and business development folks have been doing market testing for decade, after all."
Indie, Design, Production

League of Legends' new loot system isn't open to 'toxic' players 2
by Christian Nutt [11.24.15]
Riot's lead designer of social systems, Jeffrey Lin, details the company's "new carrot for playing with friends and for being a positive player in the game."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't miss: The genre blender - Experiments in multigenre multiplayer 10
by Stephen Dewhurst [11.24.15]
A team at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center launched a project to determine how to get multiple game genres -- racing, first person shooter, and puzzle -- to blend into one socially competitive experience.
Console/PC, Design

Video: League of Legends - Building an eSport 1
by Staff [11.24.15]
How do you design a game to be competitively rigorous, strategically diverse, skill-based, entertaining to play, and exciting to watch? Riot's Ryan Scott and Frank Lantz discuss nurturing League of Legends into an eSport.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Get inside the minds of Tom Clancy's The Division NPCs at GDC 2016  
by Staff [11.24.15]
GDC officials highlight a fresh pair of great GDC 2016 talks from the designers of Tom Clancy's The Division and a potent advocate for accessibility in game design.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, GDC

Procedurally generating a narrative in Forest of Sleep 2
by Phill Cameron [11.24.15]
Ed Key and Nicolai Troshinsky of Twisted Tree Games are attempting to expand procedural generation into storytelling with their game Forest of Sleep.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production