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Watch Google devs share lessons learned from VR game prototyping 1
by Alex Wawro [05.23.16]
From VR dogs playing poker to sticking a Vive controller in a watering can, Googlers at I/O give a broad-spectrum breakdown some of the things they've learned from experimenting with VR game design.
VR, Design, Video

Inks turns pinball into a canvas for gorgeous abstract art 1
by Jennifer Allen [05.23.16]
“I wanted the levels to look like they could be printed and hung on the wall," says developer Luke Whittaker. "It’s basically about making a beautiful experience for people.”
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Video

How Samorost 3's stunning soundtrack came together 2
by Christian Nutt [05.20.16]
Music and sound has always been central to Amanita Design's games. Get a great window into the process of creating the soundscape for the studio's latest, Samorost 3.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video

Google's new VR headset gets Unreal Engine 4 support  
by Kris Graft [05.19.16]
Google’s new Daydream virtual reality platform is getting the support of one of the biggest game engines on the market.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Video

5 tips on making great DLC from Dying Light: The Following devs 1
by Techland staff [05.19.16]
The developers of the well-received expansion Dying Light: The Following share advice and lessons on the many different aspects of making great DLC.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Killer Queen and the value of embracing the arcade community  
by Staff [05.18.16]
In this interesting GDC 2016 talk, Josh DeBonis and Nikita Mikros of BumbleBear Games discuss the unique and influential communities growing around their new hit arcade game Killer Queen.
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Every decision is wrong: Portraying social anxiety in a game 2
by Joel Couture [05.18.16]
How do you capture what social anxiety feels like? Make a game about difficulty of completing a simple task when every action feels like a misstep and all options seem to result in awful outcomes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video

IGN acquires, revives GameTrailers, to post game trailers  
by Christian Nutt [05.17.16]
IGN today announced that it has acquired GameTrailers, the venerable video-centric site that launched in 2002 and was shut down in February by its parent company, Defy Media.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Raph Koster recounts a history of virtual worlds, from MUDS to MMOs  
by Staff [05.17.16]
Speaking at GDC 2016, online game industry veteran Raph Koster briefly recounts how virtual worlds have evolved from multi-user dungeon games through to World of Warcraft -- and why you should care.
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Into oblivion: Take a look at the cancelled Elder Scrolls game for PSP 1
by Chris Kerr [05.17.16]
UPDATE: New gameplay videos showcasing Climax's cancelled Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PSP spin-off have been unearthed by a NeoGAF user.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Video

How The Climb helped Crytek get a firm handhold on VR 2
by Bryant Francis [05.17.16]
When you're creating a VR game about hanging by your fingertips from the side of a mountain, the protagonist's hands are essentially the star of the show. Nailing hand design was vitally important.
VR, Art, Design, Video

Video: Enabling hands in virtual reality  
by Staff [05.16.16]
This 2016 VRDC talk from Gleechi's Jakob Johansson and Kai Hbner draws on 8 years of robotics experience to explain problems related to generating natural hand motion and interaction.
VR, Programming, Design, Video

See where game graphics tech could go in this 2016 SIGGRAPH preview  
by Alex Wawro [05.16.16]
The annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference is nigh, and that means conference organizers have released a video preview of some of the technical papers that will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2016.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Production, Video

Old school Sega documentary explores life as a video game tester in 1996 3
by Chris Kerr [05.16.16]
Ever wondered what life was like for a Sega game tester in the 1990s? Thanks to the unearthing of a new training documentary, you can now see for yourself.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video

Ratchet & Clank (2016) postmortem 3
by Shaun McCabe & Chad Dezern [05.16.16]
"We needed to make a big game that blew away our previous efforts. It needed to sync up with the just-getting-started film. And we needed to ship it in 10 months to line up with the movie release."
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video

Video: Creating the unique interactive soundtrack of Remember Me  
by Staff [05.13.16]
The challenges of distilling the sensation of the game's central theme of memory manipulation from a live orchestra, then seamlessly complementing the live instrumentations with electronic enhancements.
Console/PC, Audio, Video, Vault

Surrendering control without letting go: Procedural character movement 3
by Phill Cameron [05.13.16]
Developers of Grow Home, Mushroom 11, and Prune, explain how using procedural character movement can create a more organic and responsive feel--if you're willing to cede a bit of control.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video

Video: How to be a producer the hard way 10
by Staff [05.12.16]
This GDC Europe 2015 talk from Microsoft's Nick Lainng explains why the best producers are standard bearers for a team, the internal and external face of a product, and how to set standards for leadership in game production.
Console/PC, Production, Video, Vault

Maxing out miniatures: Making a successful tabletop adaptation 1
by Alan Bradley [05.12.16]
The secret to making a great videogame adaptation of a beloved tabletop franchise is knowing what elements to lose, what to keep, and what to dig even deeper into.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Video: Diablo: A classic game postmortem  
by Staff [05.11.16]
Diablo developer David Brevik returns to the GDC stage to give a classic post-mortem on Blizzard's action RPG hit Diablo in this 2016 talk.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video