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When Shining Force meets Cannon Fodder: The design of Squids 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
Emeric Thoa, creative director at The Game Bakers, explains the design decisions behind turned-based tactical RPG, Squids.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Lessons learned from the development of Divinity: Original Sin  
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke reflects on lessons he learned from the studio's recent success launching its Kickstarted PC RPG Divinity: Original Sin.
Console/PC, Design, Production

What to steal from Destinyís UI 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"This isnít a review, Iím not a critic, just noticed a bunch of clever stuff that wouldnít be hard to duplicate on an indie budget. Polish costs time, but my goodness does a game benefit from it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Quick tips: Finding the core gameplay 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"One of the biggest challenges in designing a new system is to establish a solid core to build the game upon. I usually start by searching for a solid core system that could sustain the entire game going forward."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Story in games - Speaking through song  
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"Worldbuilding is something I try to push a lot when it comes to audio, and there are a few different elements that I consider when doing so."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design

Using PAX as a test bed: How Spry Fox updated its demo builds daily 3
by Christian Nutt [09.11.14]
"PAX is one of the best opportunities we have each year to observe lots of 'real gamers' of all ages, sexes, etc, playing our games," says Spry Fox's David Edery.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The dev who spent 13 years making his childhood game Exclusive 13
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
When Adam Butcher was 14, he had a vision for a video game that he wanted to make. It was a little bulky in scope, sure, but it was the game he wanted to play, and he had the tools to make it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

RPG design: Alternatives to magic points 65
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"I find many implementations pretty tedious (buying/using MP restorative items constantly, or saving all magic for the boss), but preferences aside, it's just plain boring when so many games do the same thing."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Reminder: GDC Next's ADC 'Best in Apps' contest closes next month  
by Staff [09.11.14]
Developers have until 10/15 to submit their app to the Best in Apps free contest at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC and earn a free ADC pass.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

The SETI Institute is running its own game jam next month 2
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
The SETI Institute, a not-for-profit organization that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, has today announced that it is looking to get game developers involved via a game jam.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

How to use white box 'blocks' in level design 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"This method requires to focus on the basic principles of level design. This technique is very similar to painting or sculpting : we first create a rough silhouette of our model, and only then we add some detail."
Console/PC, Design

Avoiding 'traps' in RPG game mechanic design 19
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
How to avoid making "traps" -- defined as "a mechanic purposefully or accidentally designed to look beneficial to the player but doesnít provide appropriate benefit."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Design considerations for branching conversation systems in games 15
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"So youíve decided that a branching conversation system is the best choice for your game. But how will your system really function? You know your high-level goals, but itís time to refine."
Console/PC, Design

EA's mobile division is trying to make games for smartwatches 9
by Alex Wawro [09.10.14]
EA Mobile chief Frank Gibeau sees wearable tech like the Apple Watch as a viable platform for games, and in this CNet interview he explains what EA's smartwatch game prototype teams are working on.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Video: Designing Monument Valley to be an experience, not a game 2
by Staff [09.10.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong talks about how being embedded in a UX studio led ustwo games to create a puzzle game that looks like a series of M.C. Escher paintings.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Super Evil Megacorp sees demand for a 'core' mobile MOBA 12
by Alex Wawro [09.10.14]
The San Mateo-based startup includes developers from Riot, Blizzard and Rockstar who are hoping to corner an underserved market with their debut title, the free-to-play iOS MOBA Vainglory.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Non-player-centric games 17
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"I believe we need more games that are environmental/world and plot driven -- games where the player character isnít the hero, nor does the story or world bend for them or wait for them."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video blog: A deeper look at Wolfenstein: The New Order's Nazi symbology 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
Bob Whitaker, Evan Torner and Niclas Heckner discuss Wolfenstein: The New Order. Topics include the game's depiction of Nazi futurism, concentration camps and German language in video games.
Console/PC, Design

The challenges of converting a mobile platformer into a good PC game 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"This journey of converting Shadow Blade from a good mobile game to a respectable PC title has proved to be quite challenging... We are definitely learning a lot in this process and it is quite tough and fun."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: The digging mechanic in SteamWorld Dig Exclusive 2
by Olle HŚkansson [09.10.14]
Image & Form released SteamWorld Dig in August 2013. Here, the team describes the process it went through in designing the main mechanic of the game, which (as you may have guessed) is the digging.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive