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Alaska Natives share their stories, culture through commercial games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [07.21.14]
After 20 years in traditional games, Sean Vesce aims to help the Inupiat people of Alaska share their culture and values with the commercial gaming audience through puzzle platformer Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: With new perspective, Cliff Bleszinski plots next move Exclusive 25
by Leigh Alexander [07.18.14]
"You spend those first 18 years struggling to grow up, and then the next 18 years struggling to get back." Leigh Alexander talks to a man who wants to be known for more than chainsaw-equipped assault rifles.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Former Call of Duty, Gears of War devs join Bleszinski's new studio  
by Alex Wawro [07.18.14]
Boss Key Productions seems to be rapidly staffing up, pulling in experienced shooter developers from around the industry as it ramps up production on Project Bluestreak.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Monsters from the Id: The Making of Doom 6
by Alexander Antoniades [07.18.14]
From the very first (Jan. '94) issue of Game Developer magazine, this retrospective on Id Software's Doom paints a unique portrait of a legendary developer whose games would launch a genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Video: Rebuilding Crimewatch, EVE Online's player policing system  
by Staff [07.18.14]
In this GDC 2014 talk, CCP Games' Matt Woodward explores how "Crimewatch," EVE Online's policing and aggression management system, got into such a bad state -- and how his team went about redesigning it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Tell It from the Mountain-top  
by Zach Alexander [07.17.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the structure of A Machine for Pigs to all about a certain Mountain.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: The ambitious development of The Division Exclusive 11
by Christian Nutt [07.17.14]
Speaking to David Polfeldt, developer of Tom Clancy's The Division, it's clear that he has ambitions to do more with his game than present another twitch shooter -- and to do more with storytelling.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

GDC Europe adds expert talks on Early Access, second screen apps  
by GDC Staff [07.17.14]
Experienced Early Access and second screen app developers join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Video: 'Come Rain or Shine' -- A Rain postmortem  
by Staff [07.16.14]
Rain director Yuki Ikeda details the unique challenges of making a 2D puzzle game with an invisible protagonist in his postmortem talk at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Design, Video

How Nintendo draws Mario Maker design cues from an SNES classic 1
by Alex Wawro [07.16.14]
Speaking to USGamer, Mario Maker producer Takashi Tezuka offered insight into how Nintendo went about designing the upcoming Mario level-making game with inspiration from an SNES classic.
Console/PC, Design

Molyneux and other devs discuss storytelling in games at UK music fest  
by Alex Wawro [07.16.14]
A panel of experienced UK-based developers and journalists are coming together at a British music festival this Friday to discuss whether games are better than books when it comes to storytelling.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

What happens when you make and release a mobile puzzle side project? 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.14]
A comprehensive look back at the development and release of Causality, a simple mobile puzzler one developer made in his spare time -- lessons learned, mistakes made, and sales performance.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe debuts VR, #1ReasonToBe talks; last day for early reg!  
by GDC Staff [07.16.14]
As the deadline for GDC Europe early reg. looms, organizers highlight some of its most interesting talks on topics like Sony's Project Morpheus, #1ReasonToBe, the history of Ninja Theory and a postmortem on Broken Sword.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Q&A: Veteran director Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [07.16.14]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Letting go of control with David OReilly's Mountain Exclusive 39
by Leigh Alexander [07.15.14]
Leigh Alexander investigates why artist David OReilly's Mountain feels like a rebellion against the stressful nature of contemporary Internet culture.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Mobile studio Motiga jumps on the F2P PC bandwagon with new MOBA  
by Alex Wawro [07.15.14]
Mobile game company Motiga has taken funding from folks like NetEase and SmileGate to develop Gigantic, a free-to-play multiplayer PC action game inspired by MOBA design.
Console/PC, Design

The beautifully intricate dollhouse of Else Heartbreak Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.15.14]
Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Video: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV  
by Staff [07.14.14]
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida speaks candidly at GDC 2014 about how Square Enix stumbled when launching their second big MMORPG -- and how it found its footing.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The origin story of Divinity: Original Sin Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [07.14.14]
"We always wanted to make an old-school PC RPG with multiplayer," says studio founder Swen Vincke. "We never managed to sell it to a publisher in the past; every time we proposed, it was refused."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Book extract: An Architectural Approach to Level Design 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.14]
"Architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work, practical elements of how designers construct space are addressed along with experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space."
Console/PC, Art, Design