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Video: Postmortem reflections on the success of Cities: Skylines  
by Staff [09.04.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, Colossal Order's Karoliina Korppoo ran down how the studio designed the game to be a latter-day SimCity, explaining how it was possible with a small team and limited resources.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Roadtripping across Europe to make games with 11 other developers  
by Staff [09.03.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, German dev Marius Winter shared what he and Benedikt Hummel learned from the experience of roadtripping across Europe to meet 11 other developers and make 11 games with them.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How to minimize simulation sickness in your VR games  
by Staff [09.01.15]
Don't make your players sick! At GDC Europe, researcher Ben-Lewis Evans shares design guidelines VR and non-VR developers can follow to reduce the risk of simulation sickness from their games.
Video, Vault

Video: Crafting procedurally-generated levels for Shattered Planet  
by Staff [08.31.15]
Tanya Short of Kitfox Games shares some advice on procedurally generating levels as part of her GDC 2015 Game Design Case Study on Kitfox's spacefaring survival roguelike Shattered Planet.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Concocting The Witcher 3's dynamic crafting-based economy  
by Staff [08.28.15]
CDPR's Matthew Steinke speaks at GDC Europe 2015 about how he led design of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's crafting system and how he made it play nice with the game's dynamic economy.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How SteamWorld Dig's devs found success in the 'blue ocean' of 3DS  
by Staff [08.27.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, Sony London (The Getaway, The London Heist) dev John Foster shared some of the studio's big takeaways from trying to create immersive VR experiences for Project Morpheus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Understanding why your game 'feels' bad (and how to fix it) 7
by Staff [08.25.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, indie developer Nicolae Berbece breaks down what we mean when we say a game "feels great" and rebuilds a bad-feeling death animation live, on stage, into one that feels satisfying.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Tips on making believable VR games from a Project Morpheus dev 1
by Staff [08.24.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, Sony London (The Getaway, The London Heist) dev John Foster shared some of the studio's big takeaways from trying to create immersive VR experiences for Project Morpheus.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Why you shouldn't rely on emergent behavior in your game AI 5
by Staff [08.21.15]
At GDC 2013, video game AI designer Ben Sunshine-Hill makes a case for why, in game development, prioritizing emergent behavior in AI design means you are not doing your job.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, Vault

Video: Valuable design lessons you can learn from board games 3
by Staff [08.20.15]
Game designer Soren Johnson (Offworld Trading Company, Civilization IV) speaks at GDC 2014 about how (and why) board games should matter to video game developers.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

GDC Europe 2015 talks are now available on the GDC Vault  
by Staff [08.19.15]
GDC officials are happy to announce that the many talks delivered by game industry at experts at GDC Europe 2015 earlier this month in Cologne, Germany are now available to watch on the GDC Vault.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Video: Creating hyper-adaptive game music on an indie budget  
by Staff [08.18.15]
Galak-Z composer C. Andrew Rohrmann speaks at GDC 2015 about how to craft multi-layered, adaptive musical elements for your game that react and blend to form unique arrangements in every play session.
Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Watch a blow-by-blow account of animating EA's UFC games  
by Staff [08.17.15]
As part of the popular GDC 2015 Animation Bootcamp, EA's Geoff Harrower and Lee Dowsett deconstruct the complex animation systems that underlie the visceral combat of the latest EA Sports UFC game.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Your brilliant idea has been done before -- but do it anyway 1
by Staff [08.14.15]
Real talk: Your amazing, innovative, one-of-a-kind game/story/character/song has almost certainly been done before. Probably more than once. At GDC 2014, Nika Harper explains why that shouldn't stop you.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Swery designed D4 for empathy via 'sensory replication'  
by Staff [08.13.15]
In a quirky session at GDC 2015, game designer Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro discusses D4 and his attempts to empathetically connect with players using his "sensory replication" game design technique.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: See the beauty and the value of supposedly 'broken' games 1
by Staff [08.11.15]
Game designer Naomi Clark takes the stage at GDC 2015 to deliver a brief, passionate paean to what she described as "weird little messy, artsy games" that "dare to be cantankerous and obtuse."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Why aren't there more sequels to indie games? 6
by Staff [08.10.15]
At GDC 2015, independent designer Sarah Northway ponders why more indies don't do sequels and shares how making multiple Rebuild games has affected her psyche -- and her wallet.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How Blizzard built Reaper of Souls to redeem Diablo III 12
by Staff [07.28.15]
At GDC 2015 Diablo game director Joshua Mosqueira speaks frankly about the seismic shifts in gameplay design, core philosophy, itemization and rewards that Blizzard implemented to fix Diablo III.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Learning to love procedural art while making No Man's Sky 1
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
At GDC 2015, Hello Games' Grant Duncan popped up on stage to speak frankly with fellow developers about exactly how and why the studio came to procedurally generate the worlds of No Man's Sky.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Your indie dev job can let you travel the world, so go do it 1
by Staff [07.24.15]
At GDC 2013 indie dev Colin Northway (Incredipede, Deep Under The Sky) shows you how to make and release games from anywhere and reminds fellow indies to get out and see the world.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault