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Video: Solving the challenges of porting Fez to PlayStation  
by Staff [09.17.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Blitworks cofounder Miguel Angel Horna revealed with great detail his team's process for bringing Polytron's puzzle game to the Sony PlayStation platforms.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How Ubisoft modernized the gunplay of Splinter Cell  
by Staff [09.16.14]
Ubisoft designer James Everett says he faced some tricky challenges when he started work on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, chief among them the problem of making players feel like they're a modern military professional.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Swedish studio Image & Form thinks big with SteamWorld Heist Exclusive 5
by Mike Rose [09.16.14]
Back in April, I was feeling lucky. I emailed Brjann Sigurgeirsson at SteamWorld Dig studio Image & Form, with the subject line "Fishing for info." This particular line caught a bit one.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Ludum Dare organizer ponders the game jam's future 7
by Mike Rose [09.16.14]
As the latest results of popular game jam Ludum Dare are revealed, the organizer of the jam has admitted that the movement has simply become too big for him to handle as a side-project anymore.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Minecraft studio Mojang has been bought by Microsoft for $2.5B 78
by Mike Rose [09.15.14]
Minecraft studio Mojang has confirmed that the rumors are true: The developer is being bought by Microsoft for a whopping $2.5 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Navigating the moral maze of the new games business 5
by Staff [09.12.14]
Games are continually criticized for their portrayal of violence and women, as well as their supposedly addictive nature. But with the advent of free-to-play, for the first time ever the industry is discussing the ethics of a business model.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Designing Monument Valley to be an experience, not a game 2
by Staff [09.10.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong talks about how being embedded in a UX studio led ustwo games to create a puzzle game that looks like a series of M.C. Escher paintings.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production, Video

Video: Clash of clones and the importance of standing out 1
by Staff [09.08.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester explained the business advantages of originality, how to find and express your vision, why passion is unclonable, and the power of community.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

From wacky Surgeon Simulator to a game that teaches math Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [09.08.14]
Surgeon Simulator creator Bossa Studios has teamed up with U.S. education organization Amplify, as it looks to create a video game that doubles as a mathematics teaching tool.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: A Broken Sword postmortem from creator Charles Cecil  
by Staff [09.05.14]
Game industry veteran Charles Cecil speaks about his work writing and directing Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, the award-winning 1996 adventure that raised the bar for storytelling in games.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Sexism and sexuality in games 40
by GDC Vault Staff [09.03.14]
Video: Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider takes a look at how romantic characters evolved from Baldur's Gate II to the Dragon Age series in this GDC 2013 talk.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Arma 3 and the dark side of Early Access  
by Staff [09.01.14]
Using a range of examples from the development of Arma 3, Bohemia Interactive's James Crowe examines the failures and successes of his studio's early access strategy in this GDC Europe 2014 talk
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Sony goes heavy on the games at its pre-TGS conference 2
by Mike Rose [09.01.14]
At its pre-Tokyo Game Show conference today, Sony went heavy on the games, rattling through over 40 titles in around 90 minutes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: #1ReasonToBe inspires European devs at GDC Europe 2014  
by Staff [08.29.14]
GDC Europe 2014 saw the triumphant European debut of one of the most popular GDC sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, GDC Europe

Video: Miegakure dev offers perspective on designing 4D movement 5
by Alex Wawro [08.28.14]
A new promotional video for Marc Ten Bosch's 4D puzzler Miegakure seeks to explain how the game implements four-dimensional movement as a puzzle-solving mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: A Lucasfilm Games postmortem, told by those who lived it 2
by Staff [08.27.14]
This GDC 2014 postmortem featuring six of Lucasfilm Games' earliest employees asks the questions: "What mix of creative and business forces shaped this studio?" and "Could it be duplicated today?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Bandai Namco is developing a Pokemon fighting game  
by Mike Rose [08.26.14]
The Pokemon company and Bandai Namco today announced Pokken Tournament, a fighting game spinoff for the main Pokemon franchise built in the Tekken engine.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

There's a new Age of Empires, and it's for touch devices 3
by Mike Rose [08.26.14]
Microsoft today announced a new installment in the Age of Empires series -- and it's the first to be built specifically for touch devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Building the AI for Hearthstone 4
by Staff [08.25.14]
The AI postmortem is a perennial high point for GDC's AI Summit, and GDC 2014 was no exception as former Blizzard engineer Brian Schwab took the stage to deliver a thorough, frank presentation on the AI design of Hearthstone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building killer game loops in social games 5
by Staff [08.22.14]
Wooga exec Henric Suuronen speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about what it takes to design an entertaining social game, and why developers should embrace his "smart depth" design principle.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault