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Ethical Free-to-Play Game Design (And Why it Matters) 107
by Greg Costikyan [01.10.14]
Ex-Playdom senior designer and game industry veteran Greg Costikyan takes a hard look at free-to-play design and business practices and urges the industry to change them -- as ethical design will increase long-term value.
Business/Marketing, Design, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Best of 2013: Gamasutra's Top Games of the Year 51
by Gamasutra staff [12.23.13]
In 2013, we handled our "Game of the Year" list quite differently. Instead of publishing a single top 10, Gamasutra writers simply picked five games that they loved most in 2013.
Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Making Knack: An interview with Mark Cerny 7
by Christian Nutt [12.20.13]
Veteran developer Mark Cerny was lead system architect for the PlayStation 4 and also directed Knack for the launch lineup -- and here shares his game developing methodology.
Design, Production, Interview, Console/PC

Game developers reflect on a changed console landscape 4
by Christian Nutt [11.21.13]
How games are made, how they're purchased, and even in some cases, the definition of games has changed dramatically over the course of the past console generation.
Design, Production

How indies made an impact on a generation of game consoles 5
by Mike Rose [11.19.13]
Gamasutra's Mike Rose looks back on the previous console generation with a focus on the rise of the indie developer.
Indie

Revisiting Greenlight 17
by Mike Rose [11.05.13]
Gamasutra talked to a variety of developers -- some with games on Greenlight, others whose games have been through the Greenlight process and are now on Steam -- to get their thoughts on where Greenlight is now.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Digital Publishing

With the luster of social games gone, what now? 47
by Leigh Alexander [11.04.13]
Up until a few years ago, the potential of social network games seemed limitless. Now that reality has sunk in, game designers who were once proponents of social games acknowledge that the space may never live up to its potential.
Business/Marketing, Design, Social/Online

Harnessing the power of motion control in video games 1
by Mike Rose [10.30.13]
A variety of developers with plenty of experience in the field of motion controls give Gamasutra insight into how studios should go about tackling the space. Devices discussed include Kinect, Leap Motion and PlayStation Move.
Design, Console/PC, Advanced Input and Output

Best practices for VR, from seven devs working with the Oculus Rift 2
by Kris Ligman [10.29.13]
With the Oculus Rift serving as the forerunner in a new wave of interest in virtual reality technologies for games, Gamasutra sought out seven developers who had managed to get their hands on a development kit -- and ask how their projects are coming along.
Indie, Exclusive, Advanced Input and Output, VR

How Tale of Tales lets creativity, collaboration rule game development  
by Christian Nutt [10.16.13]
In this interview, conducted shortly after GDC Europe concluded, Tale of Tales discuss letting creativity and collaboration rule game development while leaving behind the ties to the games that inspired them in the past.
Design, Art, Interview, Indie