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Insomniac gets personal with undersea game Song of the Deep  
by Joel Couture [06.29.16]
"I wanted the hero of this game, Merryn, to be something different. I wanted her to show that you didn’t need to be either sexy or badass to be a hero."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Video: Lessons learned developing 2 games for 4 VR platforms  
by Staff [06.28.16]
So what's it like to make games for all these different virtual reality headsets? That's exactly what VR game developer E McNeill spoke to in this talk he gave at the inaugural VRDC during GDC 2016.
VR, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Q&A: What Insomniac has learned from working on VR brawler Feral Rites  
by Bryant Francis [06.28.16]
We caught up with Feral Rites lead designer Marcus Smith for updates on how Insomniac's learning about virtual reality.
VR, Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Press Play co-founders regroup to form new studio, Lightbulb  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.16]
"We are excited to be back and to embark on this new challenge as Lightbulb games. We're a bunch of battle proven veterans from Press Play, who together cover all the bases needed to create Pioneers."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: The past, present and future of League of Legends eSports  
by Staff [06.27.16]
Riot VP Dustin Beck hopped onstage at GDC 2016 to break down the details of League of Legends' eSports ecosystem, pointing out how -- and why -- Riot has supported its remarkable growth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

How Keji Inafune and Armature Studios hit upon the vision for Recore  
by Bryant Francis [06.27.16]
"I’m interested in how mankind can survive in a dire post-apocalyptic setting," says Inafune, "It comes down to who you’re partnered with. Humans can’t survive on their own."
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Halo Wars 2 and the challenge of bringing new players into the RTS genre 2
by Bryant Francis [06.24.16]
343 and Creative Assembly think they've figured out how to attract new players to the strategy genre with their latest entry in the Halo Wars series.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, E3

Video: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II to be an eSport  
by Staff [06.23.16]
At GDC 2011 Blizzard's Dustin Browder takes the stage to deconstruct the design of Starcraft II and examine how its competitive multiplayer was tuned to serve the needs of a global eSports community.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Importing real Australian skies into Forza Horizon 3 3
by Bryant Francis [06.23.16]
"The three most important thingsin a driving game = are the car, what you’re driving on, and the thing you’re driving underneath. That means the sky is actually super important."
Console/PC, Art, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Video: How to get the funding your game needs 2
by Staff [06.22.16]
Game industry veteran and Execution Labs cofounder Jason Della Rocca gives an indie financing reality check and shares advice on getting the funding your game needs in this GDC Europe 2015 talk.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Sukeban Games' beguiling VA-11 Hall-A makes cyberpunk sexy  
by Katherine Cross [06.22.16]
Who knew that tending bar in 2070 could be so engaging? This indie title from Sukeban Games tasks you with mixing drinks, and listen to fascinating futuristic pub banter.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Defender dev Eugene Jarvis on the bright future of arcade games 7
by Bryan Lufkin [06.22.16]
“Whenever I talk to people about arcade games, they’re shocked to know the business still exists,” Eugene Jarvis says. “I, too, am amazed. We should have packed it up in the last millennium.”
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, Video

From PS4 to 1.44 MB floppy: Porting Retro City Rampage to MS-DOS 2
by Staff [06.21.16]
In this video recorded at GDC 2016, Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano walks through how (and why) he ported his modern throwback game Retro City Rampage to run on MS-DOS.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: See some of the many prototypes inside Valve's VR lab  
by Alex Wawro [06.21.16]
Make magazine recently travelled to Valve's headquarters in Washington to check out the game company's VR efforts, and they brought some cameras with them.
VR, Production, Video

Video: Making Hellblade, Ninja Theory's indie game with AAA values  
by Staff [06.20.16]
How does a team of 15 work to create a game with AAA production standards? British indie studio Ninja Theory is figuring that out, as cofounder Tameem Antoinades explains in this GDC Europe 2015 talk.
Indie, Production, Video

Video: Building the user interface for Bungie's Destiny  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
At GDC 2016, Bungie's David Candland presented a talk on the design process for making Destiny's interface, showcasing everything from item management to how players move from system to system.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Magic Leap and Lucasfilm team up to open mixed reality research lab  
by Alex Wawro [06.16.16]
The mysterious but exceedingly well-funded Floridian startup Magic Leap has forged a partnership with Lucasfilm that will see the pair opening a joint research lab for "experiential storytelling."
VR, Business/Marketing, Video

How emotional psychology and The Goonies inspired Sea of Thieves 6
by Kris Graft [06.16.16]
"We're not a realistic sailing game, we're not a realistic pirate game. We're trying to build this pirate fantasy which delivers on the romance and the sense of adventure."
Console/PC, Design, Video

Postmortem: Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro Exclusive 8
by Peter Curry [06.15.16]
"I initially saw Mini Metro as an opportunity to have an iPad app under my belt and a little pocket money. My brother Peter saw it as potentially leading to a career as an independent game developer."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Postmortem: Paradox Development Studio's Stellaris 4
by Henrik Fåhraeus & Rikard Åslund [06.14.16]
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus and project lead Rikard Åslund take us through the making of Paradox Development Studio's epic 4X space strategy game Stellaris
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video