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Video: One hour, five concentrated shots of VR game design advice  
by Staff [05.05.16]
At VRDC 2016, five VR experts from a variety of creative backgrounds share practical advice collected from exploring VR and examining where the artistic possibilities overlap with the technical.
VR, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Poetry in motion: Catch a glimpse of Persona 5's gorgeous new UI  
by Chris Kerr [05.05.16]
You might not need many reasons to get excited over the new Persona 5 trailer that just dropped, but we're going to give you some anyway.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Video: Designing Crusader Kings II to generate strange, emergent stories  
by Staff [05.04.16]
Few games foster emergent storytelling better than Crusader Kings II, and Paradox's Henrik Fåhraeus explains how the game was designed to do just at (and how you can do it too) in this GDC 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Applying old-school sports game design to a modern multiplayer game 2
by Konstantinos Dimopoulos [05.04.16]
OutOfTheBit is working on a different sort of football [aka soccer, yanks!] game. "FIFA is great, but I realize that there is probably space in the market for a fun and easy to pick up football game."
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Game Design Deep Dive: Situational awareness and player frustration in GRIP 2
by David Perryman [05.04.16]
The blinding speed of the Rollcage racing franchise left some players feeling disoriented or frustrated by unexpected crashes. Caged Element vowed to fix these issues in their spiritual successor GRIP.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

A quick video history of the Dark Souls franchise and Hidetaka Miyazaki's work 1
by Christian Nutt [05.03.16]
One of the most influential and beloved console franchises of the past decade has reached its final installment; this video breaks down the work of creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, who shepherded it.
Console/PC, Design, Video

The pros and cons of procedural generation in Overland 2
by Joel Couture [05.03.16]
"There are a few things that we get from procedural generation: more emergence and unpredictability, as opposed to being a roller coaster for the player to only experience the things I wanted them to feel," says dev Adam Saltsman.
Indie, Design, Video

Microsoft moves to boost indie devs with month-long ID@Xbox promo 3
by Christian Nutt [05.02.16]
The company pioneered downloadable independent games on the Xbox 360, and promoting them with the much-missed "Summer of Arcade" -- and now it's back with something new.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: 20 lessons learned from 20 years of making Magic: The Gathering 1
by Staff [05.02.16]
"Not a lot of people design the same game for twenty years," said venerable Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark Rosewater in his GDC 2016 game design talk. "Not a lot of games last twenty years."
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing without a pitch - The FTL postmortem 1
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