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An introduction to Twine, for game developers 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.16.15]
Insomniac Games designer Liz England tackles the question "What is Twine?" from the perspective of the curious but under-informed game developer, with a look the tool and games, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

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

Don't Miss: Valve's design process for creating Half-Life 12
by Ken Birdwell [03.13.15]
Valve engineer Ken Birdwell walks us through the "cabal" procedures that helped turn the company's initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Get a job: Harmonix is hiring an Animation Engineer 1
by Staff [03.11.15]
The folks behind Fantasia: Music Evolved and Rock Band are looking for an engineer to manage artist-facing tools and engine-level animation code at Harmonix's Cambridge, MA studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills 36
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
There are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; this post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #1: Pipelines 'n' Tubes Exclusive  
by Staff [03.05.15]
Guests from Naughty Dog, Campo Santo, Vlambeer, Undead Labs, and much more join One Life Left and Gamasutra for fun stuff, smart stuff, and random stuff from GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Podcast, GDC

CryEngine sticking to $9.90 subscription, working hard to improve 5
by Christian Nutt [03.05.15]
Gamasutra speaks to Crytek's director of production, David Bowman, about the company's efforts in the last year to broaden its user-base, improve tools and capabilities, and speak to its community.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Git for Unity developers 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"I tried to keep the tutorial as pragmatic as possible, covering the most common usage of Git. See the links throughout the article for some deep dives into different aspects of Git."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Dynamic 2D character lighting in Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"All in all we’re currently having 3D spot and point lights for ambient lighting, 2D volumetric lights for backlight refractions and 3D point lights for dynamic backlight effects in our scene."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art

Programming blog: Vector hosted lists 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"Hosting a list in a vector ain't rocket science, but I think it's a good technique to have in mind when designing data structures generally, and it's definitely a worthwhile topic."
Console/PC, Programming

Balance balls make better games? Tips from Swery65 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.04.15]
The always-spirited Swery65 offered a bevy of surprising and insightful development tips on everything from making better motion controls and creating more empathy to getting along with your team.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Teaching AI to eat with two hands from the fridge  
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"Granted, there are plenty of software systems more complex than this. So, wouldn't you concede, Dear Mr. Naysayer, that this task of eating out of the fridge was hard after all?"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Carmack's perspective on the future of mobile VR game development Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [03.04.15]
Oculus CTO John Carmack spent nearly two hours today speaking to GDC attendees about the ups and downs of mobile VR development, and what developers can do to make better VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Xbox's vision for a cross-platform future 2
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Microsoft plans to create a single, unified platform for game developers with the forthcoming launch of Windows 10, which will have Xbox Live integration to allow for cross-play across devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Epic's Sweeney: Unreal Engine is at the epicenter of a graphics-intense future 10
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
At GDC this morning, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney gave a talk that essentially had one main point: As realtime, photorealistic graphics rise in importance, Unreal Engine will be at the forefront of that movement.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Unity won't be sold, and is planning for a VR future: John Riccitiello speaks 6
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
Unity's CEO holds court with Gamasutra, dismissing the possibility of an acquisition, charting the future of the engine, and talking about what sets the company apart. Oh, and yeah, he talks pricing.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Postmortem: Failbetter Games' Sunless Sea 7
by Alexis Kennedy [03.04.15]
Failbetter Games co-founder Alexis Kennedy takes you behind the scenes of what went right (and wrong) during development of the studio's darkly comedic roguelike game Sunless Sea.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve debuts Source 2 for free in bid to compete with Epic, Unity 11
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Valve is officially debuting its long-rumored Source 2 engine at GDC this week alongside a host of other new technologies, and it's expected to launch at a competitive price: free.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The secrets behind This War of Mine's emotional impact Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
11 Bit Studios Pawel Miechowski talks about how disrupting players' expectations, studying their decision-making process and creating opportunities to imagine helped make This War of Mine acclaimed and impactful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC, IGF

Don't Miss: My hardest bug ever 31
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
A coder on the original Crash Bandicoot explains how his first big game almost shipped with a destructive save-wiping bug -- and how he and the team at Naughty Dog eventually solved it.
Console/PC, Programming, Design