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Is the digital CCG boom a bubble? Analysts weigh in 1
by Alan Bradley [07.29.16]
What hath Hearthstone wrought? We asked industry analysts to weigh in on whether the explosion of collectible card games (Gwent, Elder Scrolls, Animation Throwdown, Adventure Time, etc.) is sustainable.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Designing the Spartan abilities in Halo 5: Guardians  
by Staff [07.29.16]
At GDC 2016, former 343 Industries game designer Ryan Darcey offered insight into the process of taking the "Spartan Charge" and "Ground Pound" actions of Halo 5 from concept to final release.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

VR glove firm Manus showcases full finger- and arm-tracking on Vive 2
by Alex Wawro [07.29.16]
Startup Manus VR has a new video showcasing what it looks like to use its prototype glove controllers with the HTC Vive to fully track fingers, hands and arms; t's well worth watching for VR devs.
VR, Business/Marketing, Video

Q&A: Stifled dev on building a horror game around sound 1
by Jeremy Ooi [07.28.16]
Gattai Games' Stifled plunges players into darkness, and forces them to find their way using echolocation--that is, making sounds through a microphone.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar reflect on their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
A fan at California Extreme captured video of veteran arcade game devs (and Defender co-creators) Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar delivering a postmortem of their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Videoball, and the challenge of designing (and selling) simplicity 2
by Joel Couture [07.28.16]
"It's about shapes and its about visibility. It's designed for legibility. Everything is designed for the eyes - for human eyes to be comfortable."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Designing Sunset Overdrive for diverse protagonist genders/body types  
by Staff [07.27.16]
At GDC 2015, Insomniac's Adalbert Kinsey speaks to the tools Insomniac used to create a diverse array of character creation options in Sunset Overdrive, and the lessons they learned in the process.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Tips from Paradox on mixing history with game design  
by Staff [07.26.16]
At GDC 2016, Paradox Development Studio's Chris King shares solutions his studio has for bringing history into your game, while at the same time ensuring the game itself is fun and compelling to play.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Q&A: Creating the hacker-cyberpunk game Quadrilateral Cowboy 4
by Richard Moss [07.25.16]
Brendon Chung's puzzle-heavy first-person retrocyberpunk adventure title, out today, has you firing up a 56K modem to hack like it's 1996. He talks us through the four-year process of making of the game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: Designing the audio for Inside, a game that listens  
by Staff [07.22.16]
At GDC 2016, Playdead audio wizard Martin Stig Andersen describes various approaches to feedback loops between game and audio that have resulted in an atmospheric experience for Inside players.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Developers provide their [spoiler-free] take on Inside 4
by Joel Couture [07.22.16]
"Inside is the most traumatic game experience I've had. But that's exactly why I find it incredible. The game is the perfect compilation of all of my deepest fears."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Video: Dipping into Ink, 80 Days' narrative scripting language  
by Staff [07.21.16]
Inkle cofounder Joseph Humfrey takes the stage at GDC 2016 to explain how the studio's open-source narrative scripting language Ink works, and how it was used to create games like 80 Days and Sorcery!.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Devs weigh in on the competitive state of Overwatch 3
by Bryant Francis [07.21.16]
We talked to some developers to get their take on what Blizzard is prioritizing in their Overwatch updates, the tweaks they've made to the multiplayer experience, and the competitive mode.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Legendary Pictures will release a live-action Detective Pikachu film  
by Bryant Francis [07.20.16]
The game is afoot as Legendary Pictures confirms a partnership with The Pokemon Company to produce a film based on Great Detective Pikachu
Console/PC, Video

Video: Exploring the art direction of Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry  
by Staff [07.20.16]
At GDC 2013 Ninja Theory's Alessandro "Talexi" Taini spoke to how fashion, music, architecture and other forms of art influenced the studio's efforts to bring the game into the "here and now."
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Crafting emotional themes in Dragon Age: Inquisition's Trespasser DLC  
by Staff [07.19.16]
At GDC 2016 Dragon Age franchise lead writer Patrick Weekes and lead narrative designer John Epler speak to developing the core narrative and thematic moments in the game's Trespasser DLC.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

The past and future of location based AR games like Pokemon Go 6
by Jennifer Allen [07.19.16]
Gamasutra asked several developers why they think Pokemon Go did so well so quickly, what it needs to do to stay on top, and what it means for the future of location based gaming
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Watch an engineer tear down this Nintendo PlayStation prototype 1
by Alex Wawro [07.15.16]
Heads up, hardware history buffs: Modder Ben Heck has published a video teardown of the "Nintendo PlayStation" SNES CD prototype, provided by owners Dan and Terry Diebold, that's well worth watching.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: How Remedy rewrote its engine tech to make Alan Wake  
by Staff [07.14.16]
In this 2011 GDC talk, Remedy's Markus Maki and Olli Tervo break down the technical challenges of building Alan Wake and offer lessons for programmers working on game engines for large titles.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Drugs, masks, and randomness: The moral gray areas of We Happy Few 5
by Joel Couture [07.14.16]
"We've had whole generations of games imposing 'good vs evil' moral ethics to players, but I dislike that kind of simplification," says Compulsion Games' creative director Guillaume Provost.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video