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Postmortem: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 11
by Mike Fridley [07.30.13]
In this postmortem, reprinted from the April 2012 issue of Game Developer magazine, former Big Huge Games executive producer Mike Fridley walks through what went right and what went wrong with Kingdoms of Amalur's production leading up to a release that would sink two studios.
Postmortem, Production, GD Mag Exclusive, Alternative Funding

When players buy your game before it's done: Expert tips on alpha funding 6
by Mike Rose [07.30.13]
Interested in alpha funding? Find out what you need to know first -- from Dean Hall (DayZ), Chris Simpson (Project Zomboid), and of course Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft), among others.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding

Why Super Metroid's Hacking Community is Still Going Strong 15
by Victoria Earl [07.24.13]
We take a look at the reasons behind the 1994 game's active mod scene -- exploring which elements of the game's original design, its place in the series, and fan reaction have fostered a rich community.
Console/PC, Indie, History

The Ouya Experience: What game developers think so far 24
by Kris Graft [07.22.13]
Ouya game developers sound off on their experience with the recently-launched console.
Indie, Microconsole

He Loves Bees: An interview with Xbox's experimental storyteller 3
by Kris Ligman [07.19.13]
Gamasutra sits down with Elan Lee, father of the Alternate Reality Game (including Halo 2's landmark I Love Bees campaign), to discuss his new work with Microsoft and a future beyond the ARG.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Console/PC, Social/Online, Exclusive

The Shame Game: An Interview With Jesse Schell 32
by Brandon Sheffield [07.16.13]
Can free-to-play feel good? Should it be incorporated into every game? Jesse Schell talks about where the model works, where it doesn't, and looks at it in the context of other industries -- and then talks about how he wants to lead us to a game utopia.
Design, Interview, Social/Online

The SCUMM Diary: Stories behind one of the greatest game engines ever made 13
by Staff, Mike Bevan [07.12.13]
It's rare that the mention of a video game engine can elicit emotions nearly as strong as the games that it powers, but SCUMM is special in a lot of ways. SCUMM co-creator Aric Wilmunder tells the stories behind the well-regarded engine.
Design, Programming, Production

The Animal Crossing: New Leaf Letter Series 5
by Gamasutra staff [07.11.13]
In this email conversation series, our UK editor Mike Rose and our news editor Kris Ligman join Christian Nutt for a wide-ranging discussion on the game. All three of have been playing New Leaf and each brings a different way of looking at the game, as you'll see.
Design, Console/PC

Chasing the Whale: Examining the ethics of free-to-play games 119
by Mike Rose [07.09.13]
Free-to-play developers toss around the term "whales" -- but what are they? What are their lives like? And should designers stop targeting them? This in-depth piece examines the ethics around all angles on the issue.
Business/Marketing

The Last Pixel: Closing the book on Pixel Pusher 2
by Steve Theodore [07.08.13]
In this reprint from the final (June/July 2013) issue of GD Mag, Steve Theodore reflects on how the nature of discussing art in games has changed in the past ten years.
Design, Art, GD Mag Exclusive