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Video: Designing without a pitch - The FTL postmortem  
by Staff [04.29.16]
FTL devs Matthew Davis and Justin Ma speak frankly at GDC 2013 about how and why they frequently altered or abandoned aspects of the game's design as they developed it to evoke a specific feeling.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Japanese indie dev on designing for NicoNico Video's new game platform  
by Lena LeRay [04.28.16]
The indie dev known as Krobon describes the unique challenges of creating a platformer (Pharaoh Rebirth+) designed to be released episodically on NicoNicoVideo's new game platform.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Lumberyard 1.2 expands mobile support, makes multiplayer easier 1
by Chris Kerr [04.28.16]
The latest update to Amazon's Lumberyard game engine has brought with it 218 improvements, fixes, and features across 20 of Lumberyard’s components.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Video

Video: Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes a postmortem look at the making of Rez  
by Staff [04.27.16]
At GDC 2016, Rez producer and progenitor Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes to the stage to recount the inspirations and influences that drove the landmark game's design.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Applying lessons learned from bad horror games in Dead Secret 4
by Joel Couture [04.27.16]
Chris Pruett's encyclopedic knowledge of horror games fueled the creation of Dead Secret. But, surprisingly, he said that bad horror games taught him a lot more than the masterpieces.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

How The Witcher 3's card game within a game was brought to life  
by Bryant Francis [04.26.16]
CD Projekt Red's Damien Monnier and Rafal Jaki explain the background of The Witcher 3's collectible card game Gwent.
Design, Production, Video

Let Chris Crawford teach you to program Atari's 8-bit computers 1
by Christian Nutt [04.25.16]
Back in the 1980s, Chris Crawford was at Atari, and he produced a series of how-to videos for enthusiasts of its 400 and 800 computers on how to program them -- and you can watch.
Console/PC, Programming, History, Video

Bursting out onto the world stage: Masquerada and Singaporean design 14
by Katherine Cross [04.25.16]
For creative director Ian Gregory Tan, isometric RPG Masquerada is not just about high fantasy, but also about debuting Singapore's artistic side to the world. 
Design, Video

How Supergiant Games aggressively prototyped its way into Pyre  
by Bryant Francis [04.25.16]
Supergiant Games newest game Pyre makes a big change from how its other games are played, we spoke to creative director Greg Kasavin about how they brought it to life.
Design, Production, Video

Video: Wrangling the 80,000+ lines of dialogue in Saint's Row: The Third  
by Staff [04.22.16]
Saint's Row: The Third audio lead Ariel Gross speaks at GDC 2012 about how he and the rest of the team at Volition recorded and implemented the game's dialogue -- all ~82,000 lines of it.
Console/PC, Audio, Production, Video, Vault

It's not actually poop: A look at Slime Rancher's 'plort' system 1
by Kris Graft [04.22.16]
Monomi Park's Slime Rancher is bright, bubbly, and requires players to collect the byproduct of cute slime creatures. Studio cofounder Nick Popovich chats to us about the game's resource and currency system.
Console/PC, Design, Video

CCP Games teases VR frisbee combat for the Rift and Vive  
by Chris Kerr [04.22.16]
CCP Games has lifted the lid on Project Arena, a Tron-inspired VR frisbee combat sim for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
VR, Video

Simple, but incredibly filling: Devs weigh in on Stephen's Sausage Roll 9
by Phill Cameron [04.22.16]
"It's the only time I've ever felt scared looking at a puzzle," says Bennett Foddy of QWOP and Super Pole Riders. "And it's nothing more than an artful arrangement of sausages."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: AI devs offer advice on how to design great NPCs  
by Staff [04.21.16]
At the GDC 2014 AI Summit AI experts Rez Graham and Daniel Brewer shared case studies of how NPCs were designed and built for Electronic Arts' The Sims: Medieval and Digital Extremes' Warframe
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Watch the making of PlayStation classic Die Hard Trilogy  
by Christian Nutt [04.20.16]
Very few documentaries were produced in the 32-bit era, but this 1990s throwback showcases the early stages of development for a game on the original PlayStation.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Video: I Expect You To Die and the value of presence in VR game design  
by Staff [04.20.16]
At GDC 2016, Schell Games' Jesse Schell & Shawn Patton shed some light on the path to a good VR game by sharing what they'd learned in designing the Bond-esque VR escape game I Expect You To Die
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Platinum's guidelines for great action game design  
by Staff [04.19.16]
Platinum Games' Atsushi Inaba takes the stage at GDC 2016 to speak frankly about Platinum's philosophy of action game design, which has guided the development of games like Bayonetta and Vanquish.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Q&A: The guns and dungeons of Enter the Gungeon 2
by Tim W. [04.19.16]
"The biggest challenges for making a procedural dungeon are 1) making it fun but fair, and 2) giving it a sense of structure. I like to say that we tried to teach our game to make Zelda dungeons."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: A postmortem look at the making of Alphabear  
by Staff [04.18.16]
"We said fuck it, third time's the charm," said Spry Fox CEO David Edery at GDC 2016 in a frank postmortem about how the studio (eventually) found success with a word puzzle game featuring cute bears.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Dev makes VR more immersive by sticking Vive wand down pants 8
by Alex Wawro [04.18.16]
Developer Ryan Sullivan has prototyped a RIPMotion mechanic in Unity that allows HTC Vive owners to strap a controller to their waist and move through environments by jogging in place.
VR, Programming, Design, Video