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Blog: Tackling in-game proportions and scale  
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.16]
"Many developers often face issues designing proportions of individual characters, and the relationship between these characters and the surrounding environment. Here's an approach you can take."
Design

Video: Designing the Spartan abilities in Halo 5: Guardians  
by Staff [07.29.16]
At GDC 2016, former 343 Industries game designer Ryan Darcey offered insight into the process of taking the "Spartan Charge" and "Ground Pound" actions of Halo 5 from concept to final release.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Quadrilateral Cowboy and good old-fashioned digital bliss 1
by Leigh Alexander [07.29.16]
Now that Quadrilateral Cowboy is finally out, it's a good time to revisit this 2014 conversation with developer Brendon Chung about his design influences, and the game's soft machine charm.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: When randomized game design goes too far 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.16]
"Keeping the player guessing is a great way to keep them coming back, and we see this a lot in the rogue-like genre. However, randomness does come at a price."
Design

Pokemon Go dev argues sponsored locations are more game-friendly than IAP 2
by Alex Wawro [07.29.16]
"My belief is that the sponsored-location model is a better business model for games," John Hanke, founder of Pokemon Go developer Niantic, tells Forbes in a new interview about the game's design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Learn to make better VR games through applied psychology at GDC Europe  
by Staff [07.29.16]
At GDC Europe game designer and Exozet Berlin VR consultant Thomas Bedenk will share learnings on improving VR productions through psychology.
VR, Design, GDC Europe

Blog: Creating an arcade game in Unity 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.16]
Indie game dev Martino Wullems explains how he overcame numerous hurdles to create his first arcade game using Unity.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: How one dev approaches game design documents 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.16]
Trick Gaming Studios co-founder Leandro GonzalezGame explains why design documents as you know them are a thing of the past.
Design

If the rumor about the NX is true, what does that mean for Nintendo? 6
by Staff [07.29.16]
Is the NX really going to be a mobile/console hybrid with an NVIDIA Tegra and detachable controllers? Gamasutra staffers weigh in on the latest rumor that's set gamerdom aflame.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Stifled dev on building a horror game around sound 1
by Jeremy Ooi [07.28.16]
Gattai Games' Stifled plunges players into darkness, and forces them to find their way using echolocation--that is, making sounds through a microphone.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar reflect on their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
A fan at California Extreme captured video of veteran arcade game devs (and Defender co-creators) Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar delivering a postmortem of their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Quantum Break dev creating story mode for online shooter, Crossfire 2  
by Chris Kerr [07.28.16]
Quantum Break creator Remedy Entertainment is joining forces with Korean developer Smilegate to create the story mode for Crossfire 2
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The wish fulfilment idée fixe 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.16]
Veteran developer Stieg Hedlund explains why the idea that good games must offer wish fulfilment is nonsensical at best.
Design

Videoball, and the challenge of designing (and selling) simplicity 2
by Joel Couture [07.28.16]
"It's about shapes and its about visibility. It's designed for legibility. Everything is designed for the eyes - for human eyes to be comfortable."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Study: Sexualized female characters in games down over last decade 8
by Bryant Francis [07.27.16]
A study from researchers at Indiana University says that the number of sexualized female characters in video games has declined over the last decade.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Video: Designing Sunset Overdrive for diverse protagonist genders/body types  
by Staff [07.27.16]
At GDC 2015, Insomniac's Adalbert Kinsey speaks to the tools Insomniac used to create a diverse array of character creation options in Sunset Overdrive, and the lessons they learned in the process.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure 29
by Mike Stout [07.27.16]
Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into 8 beats, and runs 2 notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis in this timeless post.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Simple statistics for randomly positioning gameplay elements 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.16]
Developer Ruben Torres looks at how to position specific gameplay elements in procedurally-generated levels.
Design

At GDC Europe you'll see how The Witcher's living world was built  
by Staff [07.27.16]
At GDC Europe CD Projekt Red's Matthew Steinke will walk you through how the studio designed and developed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's remarkable open world.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC Europe

Writing romances in (non-romance) games 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.16]
Ex-BioWare video game writer Alex Free (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Shadow Realms) explores the unique challenges writers face in creating meaningful romances for video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design