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Blog: Destiny, and the modern competitive FPS game design paradigm 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.14]
"I'm mostly using this as an opportunity to ramble about FPS game design in the context of current competitive FPS trends, and I think Destiny represents those trends well in the PvP modes."
Console/PC, Design

The year of narrative design theory that went into The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 9
by Mike Rose [10.03.14]
When Adrian Chmielarz, formerly creative director at BulletStorm studio People Can Fly, left his company to build a narrative-driven first-person adventure, he had a whole lot of studying to do.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Carmack reveals the challenges of mobile VR game dev Exclusive 15
by Alex Wawro [10.02.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Oculus CTO John Carmack to learn more about how Oculus' new Mobile SDK works and what it means for developers who are currently making -- or thinking about making -- VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Solving the 'unsolvable' issue of mobility in VR 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.02.14]
"Clearly player movement and camera controls within VR worlds is a huge issue... To discuss this issue I prefer to think there are actually two problems that are often rolled into one."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

The craft of writing for branching dialogue systems 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.02.14]
"We’re going to talk specifics -- ideas to apply on a line-by-line level. Think of this as a toolbox, with specialized tools to be used in the correct circumstances."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Game artist tips from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [10.01.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Video Postmortem: Making a truly sci-fi game in MirrorMoon EP 1
by Staff [10.01.14]
What does it really mean to make a "sci-fi" game? Santa Ragione's Pietro Righi Riva explores the question while giving a postmortem talk about his game MirrorMoon EP during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

GDC 2015 is now open for registration! 2
by GDC Staff [10.01.14]
The time has come to sign up for the largest and longest-running worldwide event for game developers: Game Developers Conference 2015 is now open for registration!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Synchronizing gameplay and animation with music 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
"Humans learn that when we see and hear things happening concurrently we can try to draw an association. So when it comes to syncing up music and game events, timing is extremely important."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: 5 things I learned from XCOM 12
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.14]
A list of lessons learned over months play, including "pump so much theme into your game that it cracks and bleeds theme blood all over the player."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's new podcast, Talking Devs - Desert Golfing 3
by Staff [09.30.14]
This is the first in a new podcast series from Gamasutra, called Talking Devs. The pilot episodes sees Bennett Foddy and Douglas Wilson discussing Desert Golfing on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Is Portal 2 a better brain-training game than brain-training games? 5
by Kris Graft [09.30.14]
A recent study from Florida State psychology researchers pit two kinds of games against one another to see which is actually “better” for your brain: "entertainment" games or "brain-training" games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Design

Blog: What indie developers can learn from The Making of Karateka 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
"The parallels in The Making Of Karateka to developing indie games today are uncanny. For me, reading it was an experience of universal truth, validation, and exhilaration at the unfolding story of struggle and success."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The very good reasons for Bennett Foddy's mad Speed Chess Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [09.29.14]
"I hate chess," independent game developer Bennett Foddy tells Gamasutra. "It focuses heavily on three things I am bad at: thinking ahead, book learning, and waiting for a really long time."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Into the Loot Cave of Destiny  
by Zach Alexander [09.29.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the danger of stereotypes to the Loot Cave of Destiny.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

The designer's production guide 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
How to remove "much of the risk of creating a monster concept that would, ultimately, eat your company, money, and team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Production

Analysis: Clash of Clans vs. Boom Beach - The habit 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
"The lower retention numbers of Boom Beach definitely go in line with that research and it is really hard to believe there is no one at Supercell taking notes."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Blog: No fun 29
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
"As a player, I want games to engage my personality, not just my reflexes or wits. As a player, I want games to change me as any form of art does. As a player, I don't want to have fun every single time I play."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director 4
by Kris Graft [09.26.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Video: Beyond Spreadsheets - Generating operational impact with analytics  
by Staff [09.26.14]
While dashboards and KPI reporting are obligatory -- yet certainly helpful -- standards to track the performance of your game, they are bound to only look in the past.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault