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Video: How inequality (both real and virtual) shapes player behavior  
by Staff [05.30.18]
At GDC 2018 game dev Julia Keren-Detar explored how inequality within game systems can change the behavior of players, and how studying these changes can help devs make better design decisions.
Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Unproven game AI techniques that might just work  
by Staff [05.29.18]
At GDC 2016 a cabal of game AI devs proposed pie-in-the-sky ideas that they've been unable to try, may never be able to try, and which may or may not even be feasible.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

Video: A practical guide to porting your indie game to consoles  
by Staff [05.23.18]
At GDC 2018 PlayEveryWare's Thomas O'Connor shines a light on the technical and administrative work that goes into getting a console game out the door.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A lawyer's guide to practical IP law for indies  
by Staff [05.14.18]
Games lawyer Chris Reid returns to the stage at GDC 2018 to try and break down everything indies should know about intellectual property law (esp. copyrights and trademarks) in the game industry.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the performance capture process for Infamous: Second Son  
by Staff [05.07.18]
At GDC 2014 Sucker Punch's Spencer Alexander gives a great talk that delves deep into how the studio managed to create the remarkably lifelike facial animations at play in Infamous: Second Son
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Building the Just Cause 3 animation and rigging pipeline  
by Staff [05.04.18]
At GDC 2018 Avalanche Studios’ Brian Venisky showcases the decisions and solutions made to solve key issues and serve the needs for creating animation content for the high-flying game.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How to build games that can be understood at a glance  
by Staff [05.03.18]
At GDC 2018 indie dev Zach Gage (TypeShift, Really Bad Chess) gave a great talk about how important it is to think about how people will encounter your game -- right from day one of development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Fizzy Brushstrokes - Crafting the art of Knights & Bikes  
by Staff [05.03.18]
At GDC 2018, Foam Sword's Rex Crowle shares exactly how he created the striking visual style at play in the studio's upcoming co-op action-adventure game Knights & Bikes.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Pulling off portal locomotion in the VR game Budget Cuts 1
by Staff [04.27.18]
As part of VRDC @ GDC 2018 earlier this year, Neat Corp.'s Joachim Holmer gave an insightful talk about how the studio conceived of and implemented Budget Cuts' unique portal translocator.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Doing good user research at the end of game production  
by Staff [04.26.18]
At GDC 2015, Electronic Arts' Veronica Zammitto talks about what to do when you start testing early, and keep testing -- all the way through until the final leg of game production. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How good game design is like a magic trick  
by Staff [04.10.18]
At GDC 2018 game designer Jennifer Scheurle showcases some of her favorite examples of the ways games "trick" players, cherry-picking from the tricks and secrets she got from fellow devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Yoko Taro and Platinum Games' postmortem of Nier: Automata  
by Staff [04.03.18]
At GDC 2018, Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro and Platinum Games' Takahisa Taura took to the stage to talk a bit about how (and why) they worked together to design the game.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Tales of a video game drag queen - Making Kitty Powers' Matchmaker  
by Staff [02.07.18]
At GDC 2015 Magic Notion's Richard Franke digs into how to make a funny, inclusive dating game as he charts the development of hilarious drag queen-hosted mobile dating sim Kitty Powers' Matchmaker.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Shenmue director Yu Suzuki's classic GDC 2000 interview  
by Staff [01.08.18]
In this classic video, Shenmue director and designer Yu Suzuki appears onstage at GDC 2000 to talk frankly (with the help of an interpreter) about his unique approach to game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How multiplayer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection ran at 60 fps  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.17]
In this GDC 2015 session, Lead technical artist at Certain Affinity Bryan Moss discusses how technical artists and animators achieved running Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 60 fps.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A level designer's guide to the art of making great puzzles  
by Staff [12.19.17]
At GDC 2017 Ubisoft's Jolie Menzel shares some tips and techniques you can use create and refine puzzles that will elevate the player's experience in your levels.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: A practical game dev guide for doing ethical playtesting  
by Staff [12.18.17]
At GDC 2017 Concrdia University's Mia Consalvo delivers a fascinating talk about the need for (and demands of) ethical playtesting standards in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Game dev lessons learned in making co-op board game Burgle Bros  
by Staff [12.15.17]
"Board games are software that run on people," says game designer Tim Fowers in his GDC 2017 Board Game Design Day talk about the design and development of his co-op heist board game Burgle Bros.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Capy Games' Super Time Force and the paradox of time travel  
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.17]
In this 2014 GDC session Capy Games' technical director Kenneth Yeung discusses the game design difficulties of time manipulation in Super Time Force.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Visual designer Peter Chan shares how artists can revitalize their creativity  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.17]
In this 2014 GDC session, visual designer Peter Chan discusses how artists of all skill levels can rediscover their creative drive even in the face of adversity.
Serious, Art, Video, Vault