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Updates » Design
Come to XRDC for expert advice on designing great UX for AR apps!  
by Staff [09.11.18]
Come to XRDC in San Francisco next month to see Placenote chief Neil Mathew walk you through the possibilities, best practices, and limitations of UX design for modern AR games and apps!
VR, Design

GDC 2019's Mobile Summit needs you to submit great mobile-centric talks!  
by Staff [09.11.18]
Today officials want to give a special shoutout to folks who might have ideas for talks that would be a good fit for the GDC Mobile Summit, which helps kick off GDC 2019 next March in San Francisco!
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka establishes new game studio  
by Chris Kerr [09.11.18]
The company was formed with the aim of "doing something new," and Kodaka hopes to create an all-new globally successful franchise alongside smaller indie offerings.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How free-to-play design runs out of steam 14
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.18]
Today's post looks at how one of the biggest strengths of free-to-play design can come back to hurt the game when it comes to retaining players over the long term.
Design

Developing Spore: An oral ('Sporal'?) history 10 years on  
by Aron Garst [09.11.18]
Ten years ago, Maxis released Spore. Former team members look back on the triumphs and challenges in developing one of the most ambitious games of all time.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Dream Daddy fostered player inclusivity  
by Staff [09.10.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Game Grumps' Tyler Hutchison discussses Dream Daddy, and how it managed to become something that made a whole lot of people from different backgrounds very happy.
Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: A postmortem of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 12
by Staff [09.10.18]
Former Big Huge Games executive producer Mike Fridley walks through what went right and what went wrong with Kingdoms of Amalur's production leading up to a release that would sink two studios.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

XRDC attendee Q&A: Steve Biegun and how healthcare is using VR and AR  
by Bryant Francis [09.10.18]
VR/AR developer Steve Biegun explains how healthcare companies are innovating in the fields of VR, AR, and beyond.
Console/PC, Design

Now's the time to submit talks for the GDC 2019 Educators Summit!  
by Staff [09.10.18]
Next March, GDC 2019 will again host the Educators Summit, a program of talks dedicated specifically to game education. If you have a great talk in mind, now's the time to pitch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

China's video game licensing freeze could last another six months  
by Chris Kerr [09.10.18]
The Chinese government is tightening video game restrictions in what it claims is an attempt to combat myopia in children and teenagers.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Implementing companion AI in Far Cry Primal 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.18]
Far Cry Primal introduces a taming mechanic that allows players to use wildlife as an assisting character. In this piece I explain how this was designed and implemented.
Programming, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Putting The AR in Artifact?  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.09.18]
This week's highlights include an article about Facebook Messenger's AR microgames, a detailed look at Valve's upcoming Artifact card game, & lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Treyarch's classic 2002 postmortem of Spider-Man 3
by Alissa McAloon [09.07.18]
In this reprint from the August 2002 issue of Game Developer magazine, Spider-Man developer Jamie Fristrom writes about what went right and what went wrong with the game's development process.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Cold Iron Studios, Endnight Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [09.07.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Bad North's Richard Meredith talks about making good 'gamefeel'  
by Bryant Francis [09.07.18]
We talked to one of the lead developers behind Bad North talks about making good 'gamefeel' in simplified strategy games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

Blog: Things to consider when porting to consoles  
by Gamasutra Community [09.07.18]
I give a overview of the small but important console features that we have not considered when we were developing Lightfield for PlayStation4 and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

We're talking to Bad North's lead developer at 12PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [09.07.18]
The lead developer of Bad North is taking your questions at 12PM EDT on the Gamasutra Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: The importance of games that make us think 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.07.18]
What is the common point between Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, Spielberg’s ET and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables? They are all seen as masterpieces in their respective genre, but why?
Design

New LA Times owner makes big esports investment into Daybreak Games  
by Bryant Francis [09.06.18]
The new owner of the Los Angeles Times has bought a controlling stake in a new joint venture with Daybreak Game Company.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Taking the sting out of failure in Supergiant's Pyre 2
by Alissa McAloon [09.06.18]
"In life, we all learn through failure and not just through success. It was important for our characters to survive these confrontations and face their adversaries again." - Greg Kasavin, Creative Director at Supergiant.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design