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Blog: The pros and cons of procedural generation 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.16]
"This type of analysis is a good way for you to understand when you should use it and it varies depending on what you want to do. The root cause for some of these arguments in favor or against might be the same."
Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Video: How NetherRealm built Mortal Kombat's cinematic story mode  
by Staff [03.25.16]
In this GDC 2013 talk NetherRealm's Adisak Pochanayon explains how, exactly, "there's a full-length feature film rendered in our game, with seamless transitions in and out of gameplay."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Classic Postmortem: Lionhead's Black & White 1
by Peter Molyneux [03.25.16]
Fifteen years ago today, Lionhead Studio's unique creature-training God game Black & White was released. Here's Peter Molyneux's in-depth postmortem that first ran in Game Developer magazine.
Programming, Art, Design, Production

GDC Europe 2016 announces dates and calls for papers  
by Staff [03.25.16]
GDC organizers have put out the call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the 2016 Game Developers Conference Europe, which will run August 15-16 in Cologne, Germany.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Smart calls, timing, luck, & poverty: How Rocket League succeeded 5
by Chris Baker [03.25.16]
At GDC, Corey Davis, design director of Psyonix, talked about the many factors that went into making Rocket League the biggest surprise hit of 2015.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Now you can access your PC's desktop in SteamVR  
by Christian Nutt [03.23.16]
Trying to stay productive while working on a VR game? The latest Steam client beta offers Steam Desktop Overlay -- a way to check your PC's desktop in-HMD.
VR, Production

Don't Miss: The stories behind SCUMM, one of the game engine greats 13
by Staff, Mike Bevan [03.23.16]
In this classic 2013 feature, SCUMM ("Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) co-creator Aric Wilmunder shares stories of making one of the all-time great game engines while at LucasArts.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Double Fine remastered Day of the Tentacle  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.16]
Double Fine has been in the business of resurrection in recent years, and now the studio has given us a behind-the-scenes look at how it brought its 1993 classic, Day of the Tentacle, back to life.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Blog: A hierarchy of needs for creative people (such as game devs) 12
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.16]
You know how Maslow has that great Hierarchy of Needs pyramid? Let's try one for creative people.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

King's Defold game engine is now available for free  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.16]
Candy Crush Saga creator King has made its Defold game engine and editor available for free.†
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, GDC

Naughty Dog shares a guided look at its Uncharted 4 production process  
by Alex Wawro [03.22.16]
As part of a marketing effort for the game, Naughty Dog offers a brief glimpse into how the studio is changing its production pipeline for its first (original)†Uncharted†game on PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The ultra-modern stylings of Hyper Light Drifter 3
by Kris Ligman [03.22.16]
In this classic 2013 interview, Gamasutra speaks to Hyper Light Drifter devs Alex Preston and Teddy Diefenbach to get to the bottom of just what it is about the game that struck a chord with players.
Indie, Art, Design, Production

What Asobo Studio has learned from designing games for HoloLens 8
by Chris Baker [03.22.16]
Asobo Studio is working with Microsoft on two flagship augmented reality games for the Hololens: the mystery Fragment and the the platformer Young Conker.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, GDC

Catch up on all of Gamasutra's GDC coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.21.16]
Catch up on all of Gamasutra's coverage of last week's Game Developers Conference 2016 coverage on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The real costs of indie iOS dev 13
by Gamasutra Community [03.21.16]
" Iíd like to share our general report about costs and timing for The Fall of Gyes kinetic novel development. I believe that might help to other Indie devs who plan to develop similar titles."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don Daglow's 8 keys to a long career in the game industry 6
by Chris Baker [03.21.16]
Don Daglow's illustrious career in games has lasted 45 years. At GDC, he laid out 8 tips to help other developers have similarly lengthy careers.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC Highlights: Diablo, experimental gameplay, odd jobs and more!  
by Bryant Francis [03.18.16]
And that's a wrap on GDC! We've got one last rundown on some of the big social topics during the show.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

20 years later, David Brevik shares the story of making Diablo 13
by Alex Wawro [03.18.16]
Speaking at GDC in San Francisco this week, Blizzard North cofounder and Diablo creator David Brevik spoke to what went right -- and wrong -- in the making of the influential action RPG.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

'Everybody loves to play': GDC microtalks 2016 3
by Simon Parkin [03.18.16]
"Everybody loves to play" was the theme of this year's GDC Microtalks, which featured top-tier speakers who had a lot to say in a little amount of time.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

What I learned from having a 'Mostly Negative' rating on Steam 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.16]
"Our game launched to an onslaught of negative feedback regarding a myriad of technical issues that we could not have predicted. This could have been the breaking point. But it wasn't."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing