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What makes a game a true sci-fi experience? 17
by Mike Rose [08.11.14]
As part of a GDC Europe postmortem for his game MirrorMoon EP, Santa Ragione's Pietro Righi Riva reasoned that not many games that label themselves as "sci-fi" actually fall into that genre.
Console/PC, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Wasteland 2 to a Major in Sonic Studies 2
by Lindsey Joyce [08.11.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from the 26 year incubation of Wasteland 2 to a serious examination of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Warren Spector reminds us to demand better from our games 7
by Alex Wawro [08.11.14]
Speaking to MemoryLeak, the veteran game designer continues to push the game industry to be a bit more diverse and mature as he puzzles out how to prepare students for a career in game making.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: The advantages of the episodic model 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"Developers interested in harnessing this model should look at how to break their project up into episodes as early as possible to identify changes in pacing, storytelling and development cost structure that such a move may require."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Head-tracking for an abstract reality  
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
"When you scuba-dive, a good snorkel mask makes all the difference in the world... what Oculus has done is the equivalent of creating a better scuba mask: one that doesnít constantly spray salt-water into your eyes."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, VR

Pretty soon you'll be able to get a BA in game design at NYU  
by Alex Wawro [08.11.14]
New York University announced plans last week to begin offering bachelor's degrees in game design next January, as part of its expanding NYU Game Center program.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't monetize like League of Legends, consultant says Exclusive 32
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
By many metrics, League of Legends is the most-played game in the world. But its monetization system probably won't work for your online game -- consultant Teut Weidemann explains the stats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Standing out: Paradox CEO's tips for a complicated market Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
In a climate where widely-imitated successes lead to rapidly-proliferating genres and widespread borrowing, how can you find a vision for your own game that stands out? Paradox CEO Fred Wester has advice.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Gamasutra's GDC Europe coverage starts today!  
by Kris Graft [08.11.14]
GDC Europe 2014 is underway! Donít miss Gamasutraís live coverage of the event, which takes place in Cologne, Germany this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

'Whatís your favorite game feature thatís often overlooked?' 24
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
Games are often more than the sum of their parts, and finding the right features to concentrate on can be a struggle. What tips the scales for the developers out there?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design

Q&A: Broken Sword creator reflects on the industry's evolution Exclusive  
by GDC Staff [08.08.14]
We sit down with Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil to talk about how the industry has changed in the past two decades -- and what developers can learn from his experience.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Video: David Cage explores the challenges of using virtual actors 2
by Staff [08.08.14]
The veteran game maker expounds on the future of games as art in this GDC Europe talk on the visual techniques used to create Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

How Blizzard makes games like Diablo III Exclusive 20
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
How does Blizzard maintain its game quality? By refusing to compromise and by understanding that "core" and "casual" are not hard-and-fast distinctions, but two ends of a spectrum.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

Shovel Knight's stats on Steam sales, player engagement, social 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
On how players buy and play Shovel Knight: "We hope what weíve provided here can be a stepping stone for everyone to understand the numbers behind a game launch."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

How Gunpoint dev Tom Francis settled on his next commercial game Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.07.14]
Gunpoint developer Tom Francis has settled on what his next commercial outing will be, and now he's feeling confident enough to show it off to artists and composers for potential collaboration.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Get ready: GDC Europe 2014 kicks off next week  
by Staff [08.07.14]
The 2014 Game Developers Conference Europe kicks off next week, so we're taking a moment to highlight some of the events and guidelines you'll want to know about before you get to the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Can the developer of Monaco solve the gamepad RTS riddle? Exclusive 21
by Kris Graft [08.07.14]
Learning how to play a real-time strategy game takes dedication. And so does developing one, particularly when your goal is to make "the first great gamepad RTS."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Ledoliel and the world of Devine Lu Linvega Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [08.06.14]
Leigh Alexander spends time with Ledoliel, an often-intimate, often-violent alien negotiation app -- and looks into the distinctive world of its multidisciplinary creator, Devine Lu Linvega.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Library of Congress discovers unreleased Duke Nukem game 2
by Alex Wawro [08.06.14]
Archivist David Gibson has discovered the source code for the unreleased PSP version of Duke Nukem: Critical Mass while cataloging materials for the library's Moving Image section.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Being 'un-male,' and in game development 45
by Gamasutra Community [08.06.14]
"I am deeply unhappy with stories in games. There is almost never room for me in there. I'm a thirty-something with a male body, I identify as male, and I'm even, you know, heterosexual."
Console/PC, Indie, Design