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Don't Miss: What I learned coding X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter Exclusive 2
by Peter Lincroft [04.17.15]
In this classic 1999 feature, Totally Games programmer Peter Lincroft offers a behind-the-scenes look at the design of X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter -- with a specific focus on its multiplayer systems.
Console/PC, Programming, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Examining the ethics of free-to-play games Exclusive 119
by Mike Rose [04.16.15]
F2P devs toss around the term 'whales' -- but what are they? What are their lives like? And should designers stop targeting them? This classic piece examines the ethics surrounding the issue.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

The same V8 with half the weight: One dev's experience with DX12 Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [04.16.15]
Gamasutra chats with graphics specialist and Oxide Games partner Dan Baker about what it's been like to make games with DirectX 12, and what other developers should know before making the switch.
Console/PC, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How game developers come to grips with self-promotion Exclusive 17
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.15]
In 2014, Gamasutra spoke at length with developers who have been forced to acclimate to a world where they have to market their own games, do their own press outreach, and create their own materials.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: Making babies in Hero Generations Exclusive 2
by Scott Brodie [04.14.15]
Heart Shaped Games founder Scott Brodie digs into the prototyping and fine-tuning that went into the design of the hereditary traits and genealogy systems at play in his game Hero Generations.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Cheating Death: Accommodating player failure and recovery Exclusive 3
by Phill Cameron [04.09.15]
We talk to Clint Hocking, Chris Avellone and Michael De Plater about the convention of player death as a fail state, and what happens when you move past it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive

What the heck is Yo-Kai Watch? 10 things you need to know Exclusive 3
by Christian Nutt [04.08.15]
Want to understand what's up with the next big franchise from Nintendo and Level-5? This article lays it all out for you, from game to anime, comics, and toys -- and potential for Western success.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: What The Witcher taught CD Projekt about RPG design Exclusive 14
by Tom Curtis [04.07.15]
The joint CEO and studio head of CD Projekt Red reflect on the lessons learned from the development and release of The Witcher 2 in this classic interview.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The creative process that drives Valve's writers Exclusive 12
by Kris Graft [04.06.15]
In this classic chat, Valve writing lynchpins Marc Laidlaw and Eric Wolpaw dig into the narrative structure and pithy quips driving critically feted games like Half-Life 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead 2.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How to design effective achievements for your game Exclusive 31
by Lucas Blair [04.03.15]
In this classic feature, PhD researcher and game designer Lucas Blair uses academic research to formulate tips and best practices for designing your in-game achievements.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Making humor work in games is no laughing matter Exclusive 13
by Bob Mackey [04.01.15]
In this classic feature, Gamasutra talks with developers like Rhianna Pratchett, Al Lowe and Chuck Jordan to workshop what it takes to make genuinely funny, comedic games.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Axiom Verge creator discusses Metroidvania design Exclusive 1
by Christian Nutt [03.31.15]
Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ digs into how and why he went about designing his game as a love letter to the genre pioneered by Super Metroid, and what room remains for other designers to explore.
Indie, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The undying allure of the Metroidvania Exclusive 18
by Christian Nutt [03.30.15]
From Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ to Symphony of the Night's Koji Igarashi, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to a swath of developers about the timeless appeal of the "Metroidvania" genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

The History of Captain Forever Exclusive 10
by Farbs [03.30.15]
Veteran indie games developer Farbs details the checkered history of his Captain Forever series of games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: Traffic systems in Cities: Skylines Exclusive 7
by Antti Lehto, Damien Morello, Karoliina Korppoo [03.27.15]
Colossal Order launched Cities: Skylines earlier this year to remarkable acclaim. Here, the developers explain how they went about designing and coding the city builder's robust traffic systems.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Don't Miss: Inside the PlayStation 4 with Mark Cerny Exclusive 73
by Christian Nutt [03.25.15]
In this classic feature, Gamasutra sits down with PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny as he explains the nuts and bolts of designing a new console with developers' desires in mind.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

How Dark Souls' multiplayer mechanics are invading other worlds Exclusive 17
by Alex Wawro [03.24.15]
What is it about how Souls games handle player invasions that made them so compelling? We talk to a few developers to explore why the mechanic is so exciting, and how they put their own spin on it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Exclusive

Being a responsible (and successful) Early Access developer Exclusive 3
by Phill Cameron [03.18.15]
We look into the considerations and responsibilities involved in running and maintaining a successful Early Access game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

10 seminal game postmortems every developer should read Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.13.15]
A few timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, that detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

'T.M.I.': Preserving the suspension of disbelief through ambiguity Exclusive 7
by Phill Cameron [03.10.15]
What information should you tell the player, and what will shatter their immersion? We investigate.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive