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Bringing a 2D puzzler to VR in Fantastic Contraption for Vive  
by Bryant Francis [09.01.15]
The developers of Fantastic Contraption explain what they learned about best practices for VR development when they ported their simple 2D puzzle game into a 3D experience for Vive.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

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

Understanding the appeal of eSports through Smash  
by Christian Nutt [08.19.15]
In a new video, Innuendo Studios dev Ian Danskin tells the story of how he went from a casual watcher of one Street Fighter match to a Smash Bros. obsessive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: How graphics worked on the NES, C64 and other '80s tech 6
by Alex Wawro [08.19.15]
Tech enthusiast David Murray deconstructs how game developers in the '80s managed to create striking multi-colored graphics within the harsh (by modern standards) contraints of systems like the NES.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Video: Narrative lessons from Road Not Taken  
by Christian Nutt [08.18.15]
Spry Fox's Daniel Cook expounds on the narrative design of his "roguelike puzzle game about surviving life’s surprises," Road Not Taken.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

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

Danish dev Press Play wants players to help develop its next game  
by Chris Kerr [08.18.15]
Microsoft's Press Play is looking to open up its development process to the world with new "transparent development initiative."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

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

New performance capture tech makes photorealistic skin a reality 4
by Chris Kerr [08.14.15]
A team of researchers have developed a new performance capture technique that allows them to capture the intricate subtleties of human skin, making CGI characters appear photorealistic.
Console/PC, Design, Video

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

Capcom returns to the HD remake well for Resident Evil 2 4
by Alex Wawro [08.12.15]
In a video published on YouTube today, Capcom's Yoshiaki Hirabayashi confirmed plans to develop an HD remake of the company's 1998 PlayStation survival horror game Resident Evil 2.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Rare behind-the-scenes Shenmue documentary unearthed  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.15]
YouTube channel Shenmue Dojo has posted a rare behind-the-scenes video that documents the premiere and launch of the original Shenmue.
Console/PC, Production, History, Video