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Attend GDC and see how Blizzard scripts Overwatch's weapons and powers  
by Staff [12.16.16]
Dan Reed is a senior software engineer at Blizzard, and he'll be giving GDC attendees a behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch in his talk on "Networking Scripted Weapons and Abilities in 'Overwatch'."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, GDC

Blog: Are you designing a game, or throwing one together? 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.16.16]
Many aspiring designers, and some who ought to know better, design by trial and error, rather than by using an efficient method related to engineering and science. I try to explain why.

Origin Stories: Devs recount their first game design experiences 3
by Joel Couture [12.16.16]
When were you first bitten by the game design bug? Was it a mod level? A playground game? A cool Mario level scribbled in crayon? We asked 19 developers to share their origin stories with us.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Best of 2016: Prejudice as a game mechanic 4
by Katherine Cross [12.15.16]
The label 'empathy games' is associated with indie titles like Dys4ia to Cibele. But it may also apply to AAA titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition and this year's Mafia III.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo patent apps suggest Switch has a touchscreen (and maybe more) 1
by Alex Wawro [12.15.16]
A handful of patent applications filed by Nintendo regarding its Switch console have today been published online, and they include talk about everything from a touchscreen to a head-mounted VR device.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Building a better jump (with math!) 1
by Staff [12.15.16]
At the 2016 Game Developers Conference earlier this year, Minor Key Games' Kyle Pittman shared a programmer-friendly, mathematical approach to making better jump systems in platformer games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Super Mario Run: Five first impressions 4
by Bryant Francis [12.15.16]
Gamasutra contributing editor Bryant Francis shares some first key thoughts about Nintendo's first big jump onto mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2016: Katherine Cross' top 10 games  
by Katherine Cross [12.15.16]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross names her 10 favorite games of the previous year.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Game devs, sharpen your UX design skills at GDC 2017  
by Staff [12.15.16]
Electronic Arts' Paul Rybicki is a veteran game maker, and at GDC next year he'll be sharing some critical design wisdom in his UX Summit talk on "UX Methodologies for Holistic Product Design." 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Unity releases virtual reality toolkit, EditorVR  
by Chris Kerr [12.15.16]
"This is just Unity's normal UI system. So as a developer you're not building anything new, you don't have to learn anything new."
VR, Design, Production, Video

Blog: On champion diversity in League of Legends 5
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.16]
Do we think champ diversity is important to players? Is it important to Riot? How does it stack rank with the rest of our goals? League of Legends design director Greg Street asks and answers.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Designing for player comfort in virtual reality  
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.16]
Room-scale virtual reality is one of the most exciting design features to come to the table with VR design. So, let's make sure our players are comfortable in each experience.
VR, Design

Blog: Engineering a super spy in I Expect You To Die  
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.16]
This blog post will focus on how our engineering team tackled some key challenges in VR to create a unique and immersive world of espionage.
VR, Programming, Design

Why porting Bastion was an emotional 'big deal' for Supergiant Games  
by Bryant Francis [12.14.16]
According to Bastion Supergiant Games Greg Kasavin, putting a game out in the world can be like raising a kid---and that means getting nervous when someone else has to take care of it.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Interplay founder donates game dev documents to The Strong museum 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.14.16]
Interplay Entertainment founder Brian Fargo has donated a sizable collection of documents and design materials from his days at Interplay to The Strong, including development discs and game proposals.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Mastering the art of composition in level design 17
by Staff [12.14.16]
A comprehensive look at what goes into creating first-person shooter levels for a sense of visual composition -- and what that means in terms of guiding players to experience your gameplay best.
Console/PC, Design

We're playing Bastion's Xbox One port with Greg Kasavin at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [12.14.16]
Supergiant Games may be plugging away on Pyre, but they've also just released a port of Bastion for Xbox One. Come chat with Greg Kasavin about the business of ports and indies in 2016!
Console/PC, Design, Video

Best of 2016: Creating Dying Light's Natural Movement system 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.16]
Earlier this year, the Techland team served up an immensely detailed breakdown of Dying Light's parkour-inspired Natural Movement system.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Blog: Designing side-scrolling action platformer, Gunvolt - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.16]
Yacht Club Games programmer David D'Angelo gives us a closer look at the nitty gritty game dev behind Inti Creates' action platformer, Gunvolt.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Blog: Reinventing digital play for the theatre 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.16]
Alistair Aitcheson discusses his show's award-winning first run, his design goals, and the lessons learned reinventing games for the stage.
Art, Design