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Insomniac's gets intimate with undersea game Song of the Deep  
by Joel Couture [06.29.16]
"I wanted the hero of this game, Merryn, to be something different. I wanted her to show that you didn’t need to be either sexy or badass to be a hero."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Video: Lessons learned developing 2 games for 4 VR platforms  
by Staff [06.28.16]
So what's it like to make games for all these different virtual reality headsets? That's exactly what VR game developer E McNeill spoke to in this talk he gave at the inaugural VRDC during GDC 2016.
VR, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The tricky history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 10
by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice [06.28.16]
In this timeless 2009 feature Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton trace the history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the game that popularized a niche genre and sparked a host of imitators.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lumberyard beta 1.3 brings improved graphics and greater VR support  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.16]
The release of Lumberyard beta 1.3 marks the first time the fledgling engine has received a significant graphical boost since being unveiled in February.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Production

Press Play co-founders regroup to form new studio, Lightbulb  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.16]
"We are excited to be back and to embark on this new challenge as Lightbulb games. We're a bunch of battle proven veterans from Press Play, who together cover all the bases needed to create Pioneers."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: The past, present and future of League of Legends eSports  
by Staff [06.27.16]
Riot VP Dustin Beck hopped onstage at GDC 2016 to break down the details of League of Legends' eSports ecosystem, pointing out how -- and why -- Riot has supported its remarkable growth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

What Failbetter's co-founder learned from seven years of indie dev 1
by Chris Kerr [06.27.16]
"I have to say that if I had everything to do over, I'd hire slower or spend more time looking for funding or put the effort into trying to get profitable with our own stuff."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Halo Wars 2 and the challenge of bringing new players into the RTS genre 2
by Bryant Francis [06.24.16]
343 and Creative Assembly think they've figured out how to attract new players to the strategy genre with their latest entry in the Halo Wars series.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, E3

How much time and money should QA take (pt. 2)?  
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.16]
Project planning sets the scope of the game and its features and, through those, the amount of effort, time and money that is planned for it.
Production, Business/Marketing

7 successful Early Access games that all developers should study 4
by Holly Green [06.24.16]
We sought input from several game developers on which games offer instructive examples of how to truly take full advantage of an early access campaign.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II to be an eSport  
by Staff [06.23.16]
At GDC 2011 Blizzard's Dustin Browder takes the stage to deconstruct the design of Starcraft II and examine how its competitive multiplayer was tuned to serve the needs of a global eSports community.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Smithsonian to document evolution of game industry with Video Game Pioneers Archive 2
by Chris Kerr [06.23.16]
"The Video Game Pioneers Archive will allow the Smithsonian and like-minded organizations to capture the history of this technical and creative industry."
Programming, Design, Production

What The Last Guardian developers learned about long game dev cycles  
by Bryant Francis [06.22.16]
The Last Guardian's Fumito Ueda explains to Kotaku how he remained motivated and focused after nine years of game development.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Defender dev Eugene Jarvis on the bright future of arcade games 7
by Bryan Lufkin [06.22.16]
“Whenever I talk to people about arcade games, they’re shocked to know the business still exists,” Eugene Jarvis says. “I, too, am amazed. We should have packed it up in the last millennium.”
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, Video

From PS4 to 1.44 MB floppy: Porting Retro City Rampage to MS-DOS 2
by Staff [06.21.16]
In this video recorded at GDC 2016, Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano walks through how (and why) he ported his modern throwback game Retro City Rampage to run on MS-DOS.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: See some of the many prototypes inside Valve's VR lab  
by Alex Wawro [06.21.16]
Make magazine recently travelled to Valve's headquarters in Washington to check out the game company's VR efforts, and they brought some cameras with them.
VR, Production, Video

City management, mayhem and Sid Meier's wisdom: Making Civilization VI 2
by Alex Wawro [06.21.16]
6 years on, Firaxis is preparing to ship Civilization VI. Here, producer Dennis Shirk reveals how the game's design incorporates everything from Sid Meier's 33/33/33 rule to a novel "Mayhem" mechanic.
Console/PC, Design, Production, E3

Ex-Ubisoft devs' crowdfunded game ReROLL cancelled without warning  
by Bryant Francis [06.20.16]
Montréal-based studio Pixyul cancels crowdfunded game ReROLL, leaves backers with only a key for its Steam Early Access game.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Making Hellblade, Ninja Theory's indie game with AAA values  
by Staff [06.20.16]
How does a team of 15 work to create a game with AAA production standards? British indie studio Ninja Theory is figuring that out, as cofounder Tameem Antoinades explains in this GDC Europe 2015 talk.
Indie, Production, Video

80 Days dev debuts Inky, an editor for its Ink scripting language  
by Alex Wawro [06.20.16]
The folks at Inkle Studios, best known for interactive fiction games like 80 Days  and Sorcery!, have released a new editor, Inky, to aid developers working with their Ink scripting language.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production