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This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Sleeping Dogs to Diaspora  
by Zolani Stewart [10.15.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from the instrumentality of NPCS to reading Sleeping Dogs as an Asian American.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Developers of Destiny, AC Unity share lessons learned at GDC 2015  
by Staff [10.15.14]
From the core engine architecture of Destiny to Ubisoft's cinematic storytelling approach to Assassin's Creed Unity, these GDC 2015 sessions will shed light on what it takes to successfully pull off a large-scale studio production.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Talking Devs Podcast #3: Shadow of Mordor with Mike Bithell and Dan Marshall Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
Gamasutra's Mike Rose grabs two British developers -- Thomas Was Alone and Volume creator Mike Bithell, plus Gun Monkeys and Privates dev Dan Marshall -- to talk about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: The weapon-crafting system of Mercenary Kings Exclusive 10
by Jonathan Lavigne [10.15.14]
I'm going to explain a challenge we had when developing the weapon customization system, and how we solved it. This question was this: "How do we define and balance all stats for 300 gun parts?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast on Smash Bros. 3DS 4
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
In this episode of Talking Devs, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt talks to PlayStation All-Stars lead designer Seth Killian and Skullgirls animator Jonathan Kim about Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Designing for Gear VR 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
Gear VR developer Elad Drory shares insights gained from working on Romans 360, a mobile action game for the new Samsung/Oculus headset.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, VR

One way to spice up a point-and-clicker? Lots of minigames Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [10.14.14]
A Golden Wake appears to be another classics-inspired point-and-click adventure game. But for developer Francisco Gonzalez, A Golden Wake is his attempt to breathe some new life into the genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Using trophies to check if your monetization is working: A look at Destiny 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"From an outsiders view Bungie/ActiVision's financial fundament seems solid enough; at the moment there is IMO no reason to change any of the things that will keep this boat afloat."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring a Lead Mission Designer  
by Staff [10.13.14]
The folks responsible for InFamous: Second Son are hiring an experienced mission designer to take on a lead role alongside the rest of the Sucker Punch team in the studio's Bellevue, WA office.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Finding fourteen different kinds of 'fun' Exclusive 4
by Pierre-Alexandre Garneau [10.13.14]
We talk a lot about 'finding the fun' - but what does that mean, exactly? Why are some things fun while others aren't, and how can game developers use this understanding to perfect their craft?
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

No more fire & ice: Rethinking RPG magic 34
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Offhand can you think of any RPG where the first offensive spell you learn is NOT 'Fireball' or something similar? Itís disturbingly difficult."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

10 days with the deep-sea bluffing game Subterfuge Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [10.13.14]
I'm tangled in a web of lies, and I might just get away with it. This is Subterfuge, a mobile real-time strategy game designed by World of Goo's Ron Carmel and Casey's Contraptions' Noel Llopis.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: Reinventing slumber party games with Bumpie's Party  
by Staff [10.10.14]
In this GDC Europe 2014 talk, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party developer Lau Korsgaard argues that 'slumber party' games grow up with players, but they also help the players themselves grow up.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Petroglyph is hiring a Network/Web Programmer  
by Staff [10.10.14]
Have experience developing network tech for games? Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games is hiring a network/web programmer to work in its Las Vegas studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Hall and Romero's video postmortem of Doom 2
by Staff [10.10.14]
Designers John Romero and Tom Hall deliver a postmortem on their seminal first-person shooter, Doom in this free video recorded during GDC 2011.
Console/PC, Design

Why elegance matters: The lifecycle of games 11
by Gamasutra Community [10.10.14]
"The best games provide their players with a constantly efficient, yet long-lasting, learning experience... They are easy to learn and a pleasure to master."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Psychology and Destiny's loot system 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.10.14]
The psychology of random drops versus expected loot: "Turns out it was the ones who didn't know which prize they were going to get" are happier, at least in an experimental setting.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Are dynamic goals the next step in innovating achievements and trophies? 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.10.14]
"I enjoy collecting trophies more than ever, thanks to Sonyís implementation on the PS4 and their ability to show how rare those trophies are, but there's still room for innovation."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Building Beyond Earth atop the Civilization codebase Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [10.10.14]
The co-designers of Firaxis' upcoming strategy game explain how they went about building the game as designer/programmers, mucking about in the decade-old Civilization codebase in the process.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive