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Don't Miss: How XCOM enables players to tell their own stories Exclusive 25
by Leigh Alexander [06.01.15]
In this classic 2012 feature, Firaxis' Garth DeAngelis talks about building opportunities for emergent storytelling into XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and the power the player's internal narrative can hold.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: Alarm systems in Klei's Invisible, Inc. Exclusive 4
by James Lantz [06.01.15]
Technical designer James Lantz breaks down Klei's iterative approach to designing the alarm systems in Invisible, Inc. so they consistently create a tense, high-pressure environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Don't Miss: A behind-the-scenes look at sound design for Journey Exclusive 14
by Steve Johnson [05.28.15]
"There are too many stories in these sounds for the world to never know," wrote Journey sound designer Steve Johnson in this timeless 2012 feature. "So I thought I'd share them with you."
Console/PC, Audio, Design, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: Darkest Dungeon's Affliction System Exclusive 3
by Tyler Sigman, Chris Bourassa [05.28.15]
Chris Bourassa & Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios: "We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Don't Miss: Games from the trash - A history of the TRS-80 Exclusive 27
by Dale Dobson [05.27.15]
In this 2012 retrospective, Gamasutra pays homage to a system beloved by many but forgotten by everyone else: Radio Shack's first computer, the underpowered friend to many budding game designers.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Smooth moves: Designing VR games that won't make players sick Exclusive 6
by Alex Wawro [05.27.15]
Gamasutra chats with a few VR game designers to figure out what they've learned about not making people sick, and how other developers can apply those learnings to their own projects.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The Pac-Man Dossier Exclusive 10
by Jamey Pittman [05.26.15]
What design and AI lessons can we learn from Namco's seminal Pac-Man? From history through behavior, Gamasutra presents a comprehensive guide to the classic game in this 2009 feature.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow Exclusive GDMag Exclusive 7
by Toru Iwatani [05.22.15]
35 years ago today, Namco released Pac-Man in Japan and jumpstarted a new age of game development. In this classic 2005 Game Developer Magazine feature, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani explains how.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

The cunning ruse: Deception in game design Exclusive 5
by Phill Cameron [05.15.15]
We talk to SpyParty developer Chris Hecker, and Sub Rosa's Alex Austin about deception as a game mechanic, and why it lends itself so well to multiplayer.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Going mobile the right way: A Crack Attack postmortem Exclusive 4
by Martin Wakeley [05.14.15]
Rare and Free Radical veteran Martin Wakeley writes a no-nonsense postmortem of Crack Attack, a mobile puzzle game that draws on his years of dev experience and love of smartphone games, too.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Remembering the life and times of Nintendo Power Exclusive 19
by Frank Cifaldi [05.13.15]
Nintendo Power founding editors Gail Tilden and Howard Phillips share their memories of launching (for better or worse) one of the most influential video game periodicals in this classic 2012 feature.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Work / Life / Work Balance: Making two games at once, and surviving Exclusive 15
by Alex Wawro [05.11.15]
Gamasutra speaks to developers who are working on multiple projects simultaneously to learn how and why they spend ten hours a day making a game -- and then come home and work on another game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive

Turning the UK election into a game marketing campaign Exclusive  
by Phill Cameron [05.08.15]
We talk to Simon Bennett of Roll7 about how his studio co-opted the UK General Election into a marketing campaign for their game Not a Hero.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Game Design Deep Dive: One-hit kills in Titan Souls Exclusive 6
by Mark Foster [05.07.15]
Mark Foster, lead designer and programmer: "We gave the player a one-hit death; when I added in the fights, I just left them as single-hit kills, too. I felt like this just made sense in terms of gameplay."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Postmortem: Moon Studios' heartfelt Ori and the Blind Forest Exclusive 5
by Thomas Mahler [05.05.15]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

'What impact has the game modding community had on your career?' Exclusive 2
by Christian Nutt [05.01.15]
With mods in the news, we wondered: What effect did the mod scene have on the developers who follow us on Twitter? We asked them.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Recruitment

Novelty out of nostalgia: Josh Sawyer on Pillars of Eternity Exclusive 1
by Phill Cameron [05.01.15]
We talk to Josh Sawyer about the difficulties and opportunities of recreating the feel and style of Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale in Pillars of Eternity.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The Skyrim mod that was also a job application Exclusive 32
by Mike Rose [04.27.15]
In 2013, there was only one studio in the whole world Alexander Velicky wanted to work for -- so he put thousands of hours of game dev work into a single mod for one of their games.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The postmortem of Never Alone's cross-cultural design Exclusive 1
by Grant Roberts [04.23.15]
Lead designer Grant Roberts offers a very thorough breakdown of what went right (and wrong) with the development of E-Line Media/Upper One Games' puzzle game about Alaska Native culture: Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

If you build it: Colossal Order on Cities: Skylines modding Exclusive 2
by Phill Cameron [04.23.15]
We talk to Damien Morello of Colossal Order about the wild success of Cities: Skylines modding scene, and what it means for future development.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive