Winds of Change: Ben Cousins on Today and the Future
by Brandon Sheffield
The big publishers are in danger, the console market is in decline, and the tablet is an ascending game platform -- the evidence is all around you, but infrequently is it presented with such clarity as by Ngmoco's Ben Cousins, studio head of Scattered Entertainment, in this interview.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
by Leigh Alexander
Interactive Fiction is becoming en vogue thanks to the proliferation of both games and digital reading devices, such as tablets and e-readers. Game Developer magazine speaks to some of the form's leading lights to get a bead on the best tools and the best work being done -- and why the form is as vital as any other in games.
Design, Interview, Indie
The Language of Monetization Design
by Ramin Shokrizade
Without fully understanding the meaning of terms like "microtransaction" and "pay-to-win," argues monetization design consultant Ramin Shokrizade, you don't have a basis for implementing these models -- and in this paper, he proposes a basic lexicon.
Are Game(r)s Art(ists)?
by Darby McDevitt
Assassin's Creed 4 lead writer Darby McDevitt proposes a way of looking at games -- as a blend of two types of mechanics, Agency and Destiny -- that have different goals and deliver to the player different types of emotions, but which can work together.
The Metrics Aren't the Message
by Laralyn McWilliams
Metrics can rule you -- but should they? The Workshop Entertainment's new design director and Free Realms veteran Laralyn McWilliams explains how a pivotal moment in her life showed her that overreliance on analytics and friction in social games isn't the answer.
Ridiculous Fishing: The Game that Nearly Ended Vlambeer
by Mike Rose
The story of how the Dutch indie developer (Super Crate Box) almost lost its way entirely after its game was cloned, and that clone became a big hit on the App Store -- and how it found its way to work again with the help of some notable collaborators.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Sponsored Feature: From Coast to Coast, Telefilm Canada Gives a Glimpse of Canada's Gaming Best
by Telefilm Canada
Governmental agency Telefilm Canada supports dynamic companies and creative talent across Canada and, in this feature, showcases talent all across the country, which is famous for big studios, in the form of indies and smaller studios.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Sponsored Feature
Making the Move to HTML5, Part 3
by David Galeano, Duncan Tebbs
Thinking of targeting HTML5 for mobile games? What about high-end projects? Whatever your goal, this feature has you covered -- it's a deep delve into a variety of essential components of a game using the tech, discussing its application in different types of projects.
Programming, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Game Design Tools for Collaboration
by Damien Djaouti
Can a tool for modeling game design make it easier for designers to work with engineers? Many different tools and frameworks have been proposed, and researcher Damien Djaouti explores them for practicality and adaptability.
Untold Riches: The Intricate Platforming of Tomb Raider
by Hamish Todd
What game design gems lurk in the unexplored nooks and crannies of the original 1996 Tomb Raider? With the franchise now rebooted, designer Hamish Todd takes a close look at the series' first game, and the possibilities its constrained platforming allowed.