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Video: Lessons learned in making Madden more visually accessible  
by Staff [04.25.17]
At GDC 2017, EA's Karen Stevens explains how the Madden dev team had come up with some novel solutions to make the game more visually accessible -- in many cases without modifying in-game assets.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Game localization shenanigans in the Chinese-speaking world  
by Staff [04.24.17]
At GDC 2017, IGDShare organizer and experienced localizer Jung-Sheng Lin tries to help devs avoid calamity by running down some of the potential pitfalls of localizing for the Chinese-speaking world.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Put a face on it! The aesthetics of cuteness in game design  
by Staff [04.21.17]
What's cute, and why should you care? Game devw Jenny Jiao Hsia (Beglitched) answers both those questions in a talk at GDC 2017 about the aesthetics of cuteness, and how they make games better.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: A postmortem look at the making of Spelunky HD  
by Staff [04.20.17]
At GDC 2011, Derek Yu and programmer Andy Hull talk about the process of revamping Spelunky for consoles, in the process shedding some light on how the procedurally-generated game is built.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Warren Spector's postmortem of Deus Ex  
by Staff [04.19.17]
At GDC 2017 game dev veteran Warren Spector delivers a postmortem talk on Deus Ex, Ion Storm's seminal immersive sim, and reflects on what he learned from the experience of making it.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned retrofitting Evolve for accessibility  
by Staff [04.18.17]
At GDC 2017, Gaikai's Tara Voelker breaks down what Turtle Rock learned when it took steps to make the asymmetrical multiplayer shooter more accessible to more players post-launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building the worlds of No Man's Sky using math(s) 1
by Staff [04.17.17]
At GDC 2017, Hello Games' Sean Murray deconstructs some of the most important technologies (and interesting challenges) behind generating realistic and alien terrains in No Man's Sky using math.
Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Riot balances League of Legends for all skill levels  
by Staff [04.14.17]
At GDC 2017, Riot's Greg Street shares what the League of Legends maker has learned about game balancing from trying to keep the game engaging for players of all skill levels.
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing the non-linear narratives in Horizon: Zero Dawn  
by Staff [04.13.17]
At GDC 2017, Guerrilla Games' Leszek Szczepanski (a former pro Dungeon Master) explains how the studio crafted an engaging, player-driven narrative for its 2017 hit Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Storytelling is a team sport! A guide to game dev collaboration 1
by Staff [04.11.17]
At GDC 2017, Eidos Montreal's Rayna Anderson and Insomniac Games' Ryan Benno explain how to pinpoint problem areas between dev departments in advance -- before your team has a crisis of collaboration.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Devs deconstruct their own outdated advice for indies  
by Staff [04.10.17]
At GDC 2017, a handful of notable indie game developers (including Lisa Brown, Dan Cook, and Rami Ismail) bravely take the stage and explain why they were wrong; everything is different now.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Naughty Dog's guide to the future of game art production 3
by Staff [04.07.17]
Photogrammetry. Neural networks. VR/AR. Naughty Dog lead technical artist Andrew Maximov speaks at GDC 2017 about what a video game art production pipeline will likely look like 10 years from now.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: New Vegas and the art of designing better conversations in games  
by Staff [04.06.17]
At GDC 2012 longtime game designer and Obsidian game director Josh Sawyer dissects a decade of dialogue tree evolution in games -- and what game devs can do to go beyond them to make better games.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Owlchemy Labs' game dev postmortem of Job Simulator  
by Staff [04.05.17]
In their GDC 2017 postmortem talk, Owlchemy Labs' Alexander Schwartz & Devin Reimer spoke frankly about the challenges of building, sharing, shipping, & sustaining Job Simulator on multiple platforms
VR, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Naughty Dog's guide to cinematography for game artists  
by Staff [04.04.17]
At GDC 2015, Naughty Dog art director Robh Ruppel speaks to how art informs photography, and how changes in film equipment and lighting have drastically changed the look of concept art in games.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Epic's guide to keeping players engaged via emotional game design  
by Staff [04.03.17]
At GDC 2017's UX Summit, Epic's Jim Brown hops onstage to expound on the basic emotions that drive everyone -- and how you can design your game to effectively evoke those emotions in your players.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: The last game I make before I die: A Crashlands postmortem  
by Staff [03.31.17]
Butterscotch Shenanigans' Sam Coster speaks at GDC 2017 about the making of the studio's hit game Crashlands, which was made after he faced his mortality in the wake of a serious cancer diagnosis.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How Supercell balances cards in Clash Royale  
by Staff [03.30.17]
At GDC 2017 Stefan Engblom, a game designer on Clash Royale, spoke to the interesting challenges Supercell faces in balancing cards in the popular free-to-play mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: The decade-long evolution of Owlboy's striking art style 1
by Staff [03.28.17]
At GDC 2017, D-Pad's Jo-Remi Madsen & Simon Stafsnes Andersen speak about how their vibrant 2016 game Owlboy was designed to look like it was 10 years' worth of work, rather than 10 years out of date.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: The dos and don'ts of game dev workplace design 2
by Staff [03.27.17]
At GDC 2015, game dev (and former architectural historian) Demetri Detsaridis examines why devs should think deeply about their workspace, and how they can improve it in order to improve their games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, Vault