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Video: Designing cities for high-speed traversal in Sunset Overdrive  
by Staff [05.29.15]
At GDC 2015, Insomniac Games' Liz England deconstructs the design of Sunset Overdrive and the two scrapped cities that Insomniac built before arriving at the game's iconic Sunset City setting.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

How Sunburn! became a game about dragging your pals to their deaths 1
by Bryant Francis [05.29.15]
Worst-case scenario: your spaceship is gone, your crew is scattered, and thereís no hope for rescue. Your only option: Grab your crew and fly into the sun, so at least you donít die alone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Video: What playing poker taught me about designing game AI  
by Staff [05.28.15]
At GDC 2015 Intrinsic Algorithm's Dave Mark shares a newfound love of poker, some of the logic required in playing the game, and how it relates to AI problems that developers face on a daily basis.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Making games you play for years - A Clash of Clans postmortem  
by Staff [05.26.15]
Speaking at GDC 2015, Clash of Clans developer Jonas Collaros took a shot at deconstructing the hit game's development history and asking: what lessons can developers learn from Supercell's Clash?
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Using a real-time feedback system to make better games  
by Staff [05.25.15]
Unknown Worlds' Hugh Jeremy explains how and why building a real-time sentiment feedback system into its open-world undersea exploration game Subnautica helped the studio make a better game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Designing an immersive user interface for Hearthstone 6
by Staff [05.22.15]
Hearthstone senior UI designer Derek Sakamoto breaks down Blizzard's approach to UI design at GDC 2015, in the process shedding light on how you can best craft a great UI for your own game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Opinion: Why Guild Wars 2's 'execution'-style ban was a bad idea 18
by Katherine Cross [05.22.15]
ArenaNet recently banned an infamous hacker from its MMO Guild Wars 2 -- by way of virtual execution. But public humiliation is not really the way to go about it, argues Katherine Cross.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

Video: Study Sony's Morpheus Heist demo in action 1
by Alex Wawro [05.21.15]
Sony brought a Morpheus game demo to GDC this year that got a lot of people talking, and now VR-curious developers who missed it can now see how The Heist works in action.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Behind the scenes of Guilty Gear Xrd's striking 2D/3D art 1
by Staff [05.21.15]
At GDC 2015, Guilty Gear Xrd artist Junya C. Motomura explains how the team rebuilt a classic 2D fighting game in a full-3D graphical framework, while maintaining all of its old-school 2D charms.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

H1Z1 chief makes cheating players apologize before he'll unban them 2
by Alex Wawro [05.20.15]
The idea, says Daybreak chief John Smedley, is to get a few high-profile, seemingly genuine apologies for cheating circulating to discourage other H1Z1 players using dirty tactics.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Creating the 'right' kind of player in the weird FPS Sub Rosa  
by Phill Cameron [05.20.15]
We talk to Cryptic Sea's Alex Austin, about developing Sub Rosa to encourage players not to shoot each other, even though they have automatic weapons and cool suits.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video

Video: John Carmack shares his vision for the future of mobile VR  
by Staff [05.19.15]
Speaking at GDC 2015, Oculus CTO John Carmack offers 90 minutes of actionable VR development advice, technical details, techniques and strategies you can use to amp up the quality of your VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

The Room dev challenges the taboo of open world VR 1
by Alex Wawro [05.19.15]
Fireproof co-founder Barry Meade discusses how a studio best known for making mobile puzzle games that take place in a single room came to create a high-flying "spy with a sweet jetpack" VR game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video

Video: How biking across America changes the way you make games 3
by Staff [05.18.15]
At GDC 2015, indie dev Greg Lobanov (Coin Crypt) spoke about his bike ride across America and how it inspired him to think differently about life -- and the video games he will spend his life making.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Procedurally generating space-dungeons for Galak-Z 1
by Staff [05.15.15]
At GDC 2015 engineer Zach Aikman offered a breakdown of Galak-Z's dungeon generator, including its unorthodox math, and his thoughts on balancing hand-crafted and procedural content.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Not My Story - Mistakes made in Kachina's development  
by Staff [05.14.15]
As part of the Failure Workshop at GDC 2015's Indie Games Summit, Donut County designer Ben Esposito talks about the mistakes he made while developing a game that "used Hopi folklore" as its theme.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Watch a Republic Commando dev play the game and recount its creation 3
by Alex Wawro [05.14.15]
Heads up: Star Wars: Republic Commando lead programmer Brett Douville has begun livestreaming himself playing the game on his Twitch channel while discussing the ins and outs of its development.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

After 25 years, Nintendo blows the dust off its World Championships  
by Alex Wawro [05.13.15]
Nintendo is planning to host another Nintendo World Championships competition in L.A. the weekend prior to E3 as part of its summer marketing blitz, twenty-five years after the 1990 inaugural event.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Multiplayer brawling with Gang Beasts  
by Staff [05.12.15]
James and Michael Brown from Gang Beasts developer Boneloaf showcase their cheeky multiplayer brawler which features hilarious ragdoll-style physics.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: Katamari Damacy creator rolls into Experimental Gameplay Workshop  
by Staff [05.11.15]
Keita Takahashi, previously of Namco Bandai, visited Game Developers Conference to demonstrate his seminal "object rollup" title at the prestigious Experimental Gameplay Workshop.
Indie, Design, Video