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Advanced Audio Streaming in Unity 12
by Ben Long, Fredrik Kaupang [06.06.13]
In the midst of making a simple casual game as part of a personal jam, Ben Long and Fredrik Kaupang uncovered a great trick for streaming audio in Unity.
Audio, Programming, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Not Puzzles, but Scenes: Cinematic Gameplay Interactions 8
by Lucas González [06.05.13]
How the developers of Deadlight stepped back from their puzzle system -- which absolutely was not working with the way their game was designed -- and reenvisioned it to much greater player satisfaction.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Inside the striking art and design of Hawken 9
by Brandon Sheffield [06.03.13]
Hawken leader and Adhesive game's CEO Khang Le has been doing visual development for movies and games for years, and he took a unique approach to the game's art and design. Rather than aiming for the moon, he and his team tried to create a game that played to the strengths of its members.
Business/Marketing, Art, Interview, Console/PC, Social/Online

Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games 42
by Zack Wood [05.31.13]
Zack Wood studied game design in Japan, and here shares the philosophies that inform the rich, appealing worlds and characters of games developed in that country -- a new way of looking at building your worlds and creating their inhabitants.
Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Intro to User Analytics 4
by Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, Magy Seif El-Nasr [05.30.13]
An intro to analytics written by the editors of Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data, a compendium of insights from more than 50 experts in industry and research, which covers the most relevant questions: what to track, and how to analyze the data.
Business/Marketing, Design, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Internal Indies 1
by Steve Stopps [05.29.13]
Are there lessons from indie development that can be utilized in a larger, established studio setting? In order to answer this question, Blitz Game Studios started a simple experiment: inviting five senior developers to form a team with complete creative freedom.
Business/Marketing, Production, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Revisiting Android 1
by Patrick Miller [05.28.13]
Android's reputation lags behind iOS, but its install base certainly does not. Game Developer magazine speaks to developers from across the mobile spectrum to get a bead on the challenges and opportunities the platform offers.
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive

Dean Hall Discusses DayZ's Development Process 2
by Christian Nutt [05.24.13]
Project lead Dean Hall explains to Gamasutra the way his team is developing the new standalone game, including exactly what its players bring to the table and how Steam is integrated into the developers' workflow.
Design, Production, Interview, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online

Creating Virtual Reality Games: The Fundamentals 16
by Sébastien Kuntz [05.23.13]
As VR heats up again thanks to the emergence of the Oculus Rift, Gamasutra presents a ten-year veteran's take on best practices for developing immersive games using this technology.
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Learning to Love Handicaps in Competitive Games 24
by Keith Burgun [05.22.13]
Rubberbanding and injected randomness can level the playing field in competitive games -- letting players of various skill levels play together. But they also can create other problems, potentially harming your game's design. So why not take a look at handicaps?
Production, Interview, Console/PC