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10 can't-miss video postmortems from the GDC Vault  
by Alex Wawro [03.27.15]
From Steamworld Dig to Shenmue, this collection of video postmortems covers a variety of games. What they have in common is that they're free to watch, and can't-miss viewing.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Video: How theater influenced the design of Kentucky Route Zero  
by Staff [03.25.15]
Cardboard Computer's Tamas Kemenczy delivers an intriguing GDC 2014 talk about the the environment design and cinematography of Kentucky Route Zero.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building guns to drive the Counter-Strike: GO economy  
by Staff [03.23.15]
Speaking at GDC 2014, Valve's Bronwen Grimes describes how the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team figured out what kinds of content players would pay for, then created it with just 2 artists.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Nier director discusses making weird games for weird people 2
by Staff [03.20.15]
At GDC 2014 Taro Yoko, director of games like Nier and the Drakengard series, talked about the process he uses to create worlds and stories that get noticed and foster dedicated fans.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Improving romance in games with rivalry and respect  
by Staff [03.18.15]
During the GDC 2014 Narrative Summit, writer Chris Dahlen took to the stage to explore new models of building affinity between your characters that introduce more surprise, tension and challenge.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Zach Barth's SpaceChem postmortem  
by Staff [03.16.15]
Speaking at GDC 2013, developer Zach Barth digs into the differences between SpaceChem and other puzzle games, sharing sales data and advice on how to make your own design-based puzzle games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Building the touchy-feely world of Tearaway  
by Staff [03.13.15]
At GDC 2013, Tearaway creative lead Rex Crowle described the challenges of designing and building a world that can flex, fold, tear and crumple under the fingertips of players.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: On SimCity and designing art in service of simulation  
by Staff [03.11.15]
Ocean Quigley speaks in detail about the motivations that drove SimCity's aesthetics and the methods that were developed to achieve them in this hour-long talk recorded at GDC 2013.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Applying psychology to build better games 1
by Staff [03.09.15]
At GDC 2013, game designer Jason VandenBerghe sought to find a practical game development application of the 5 Domains psychological model of personality types -- or die in the attempt.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Molyneux reflects on indie dev and the rebirth of design  
by Staff [02.27.15]
At GDC 2014, 22cans founder and industry veteran Peter Molyneux talks through what he learned as a developer who "grew up indie" and worked in AAA before going indie again with 22cans.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Koji Igarashi explores what makes a Metroidvania game 1
by Staff [02.23.15]
At GDC 2014, veteran designer Koji Igarashi examines the evolution of the Metroidvania genre through the lens of his own experience working on some of its most iconic games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: An insider's guide to localizing your game for China  
by Staff [02.20.15]
From gameplay to monetization, linguistics to UI/UX, Reality Squared's Shaun Newcomer explains how foreign developers can tackle the challenges of Chinese game localization at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Understanding the Brazilian indie game development scene 3
by Staff [02.19.15]
At GDC 2014 a panel of Brazilian game makers offered insight into how the Brazilian indie scene operates, how to nurture a game dev culture where it doesn't exist and why it's important to do so.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned from 20 years 'herding cats' in the IGDA  
by Staff [02.17.15]
IGDA founder Ernest Adams reflects on what went right (and wrong) over the 20-year lifespan of the IGDA and considers why developers need a professional trade organization in this GDC 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How you should harness your players as a QA resource  
by Staff [02.11.15]
Crowdsourcing researcher Jedrzej Czarnota details some advanced QA approaches as part of the GDC 2014 QA Summit, and offered developers practical advice on how and why to implement them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Is it worth it to localize your indie game?  
by Staff [02.09.15]
Speaking at GDC 2014, an indie developer and a game localizer team up to break down some key localization points indies should know, like: how much does it cost? Is it worth it? How do you do it?
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Back to the future of QA in game development  
by Staff [02.06.15]
QA experts from Blizzard, Riot, Microsoft, Sony and more share lessons learned and offer advice on doing QA on everything from eSports to Early Access games at GDC 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Crowdsourcing the localization of Gone Home  
by Staff [02.04.15]
At GDC 2014, Gone Home programmer Johnnemann Nordhagen reveals how the four-person indie dev team enabled, supported, and encouraged fan-made translations for the game to broaden its reach.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How to make your dream games without going out of business  
by Staff [02.02.15]
At GDC Next 2014, SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen identifies the major stumbling blocks that game companies face using real-world data, and examines how others have either overcome them or succumbed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How to build a healthy eSports community around your game  
by Staff [01.30.15]
As part of the GDC Next 2014 Community Summit, Jason Xu (CEO of eSports management platform Battlefy) presented developers with data and strategies for encouraging competitive play in their games.
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault