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When Players Make the Rules: On Memes and the Meta-Game 25
by Nils Pihl [11.15.12]
Are players pushing your game in directions you never intended it to go? In this article, Gamasutra explores how games like StarCraft II and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare encourage good and bad player behaviors.
Design

Postmortem: State of Play's Lume 3
by Luke Whittaker [11.14.12]
What's the process for building a game out of cardboard? In this unusual postmortem, State of Play creative director Luke Whittaker lays bare the paper and glue creative process behind acclaimed indie game Lume.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

7 Ways to Fail at Free-to-Play 29
by Aaron San Filippo [11.13.12]
Working in the free-to-play space on mobile is a real challenge, and building a great business model is an integral part of the process of developing games. Developer Aaron San Filippo talks about the bumps in the road he faced in the transition.
Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored Feature: Democracy of Domination - Intel GPA Helps Unity Empower the Masses  
by Intel Visual Computing [11.12.12]
"For graphics performance, Intel GPA has a nice visualization timeline that lets me quickly drill down to the problematic part of a particular frame. That's very important," says Unity graphics architect, Aras Pranckevicius.
Sponsored Feature

The Making of Warcraft's Multiplayer 11
by Patrick Wyatt [11.12.12]
In the continuing saga of the development of the game that made Blizzard's name, Patrick Wyatt discusses the first-ever online multiplayer match of the RTS, as well as explaining exactly how the developer finally got the funds to pursue the game that would make its name.
Design, Social/Online

Game Developer Magazine's Power 50 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.10.12]
Gamasutra and its sister site Game Developer magazine have put together a "Power 50" list of people in the game industry who have stood out for doing work in the last year that is new, different, or better.
Audio, Business/Marketing, Design, Art

Postmortem: Sony Bend Studio's Uncharted: Golden Abyss 8
by John Garvin, Jeff Ross, Francois Gilbert, Chris Reese [11.08.12]
In this incredibly detailed postmortem, Sony Bend dives deeply into the the development of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita, explaining precisely what roadblocks held back the system's premier launch title.
Design, Postmortem, Production

Is Game Music All It Can Be? 44
by Andrew High [11.07.12]
In this extensive piece, professional composer Andrew High takes a look at what games get wrong and right when it comes to music -- with examples from games and film to illustrate exactly what is being done, could be done, and should be done.
Audio

The End of the Journey: One Indie Studio's Tale 24
by Tristan Clark [11.06.12]
Many indie developers try their luck in the market, but what does it look like when a studio goes from naive ideals to harsh realities? In this feature, founder Tristan Clark, now of King.com, writes about the origins, games, and fate of Launching Pad Games.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The Tip of the Iceberg: Storytelling and Reactive Design in Canabalt and Capsule 5
by James Dilks [11.05.12]
Adam Saltsman found instant success and helped reinvent the endless runner genre with Canabalt in 2009. Here, he discusses his inspirations, his approach to development and narrative, and his desire to create an "uncomfortable" game.
Design, Interview