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Features » Postmortem
Postmortem: McMillen and Himsl's The Binding of Isaac 26
by Edmund McMillen [11.28.12]
How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) discusses how he added religion to The Legend of Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

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

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

Postmortem: Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail 17
by Dean Dodrill, Alex Kain [10.31.12]
In this candid and detailed postmortem, developer Dean Dodrill tells the tale of the challenging and largely solo development of Summer of Arcade hit Dust: An Elysian Tail, a title that took him over three years to create.
Audio, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art

Postmortem: Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games' Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion 2
by Chris Bray, Blair Fraser [10.09.12]
The story of the development of the expansion to the acclaimed strategy game -- including tips on distributed co-development across two studios, why you should do a public beta, and what happens when irreplaceable staff has to be replaced.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production

How Camouflaj saved République's Kickstarter 27
by Ryan Payton [08.20.12]
What went into the Kickstarter campaign for République, which started off weak and finished strong? Camouflaj founder Ryan Payton here writes a postmortem of the entire process, explaining how he turned failure to success.
Business/Marketing, Postmortem, Indie

Lumines Electronic Symphony: The Untold Story 4
by James Mielke [07.30.12]
How did the PlayStation Vita's puzzle star take shape? Producer James Mielke (formerly of developer Q Entertainment) walks through early concepts for the game, outlines production difficulties -- including never-before-seen in-progress screens and video.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Art

Postmortem: Crocodile Entertainment's Zack Zero 9
by Alberto Moreno, Carlos Abril [07.03.12]
What happens when an indie team's ambition spirals out of control but the game doesn't connect with an audience at the end of the project? In this candid postmortem, two developers who started with a small idea that grew and grew share their experiences.
Design, Postmortem, Production

Postmortem: Zachtronics Industries' SpaceChem 16
by Zach Barth [06.13.12]
The developer of the cult indie puzzle hit SpaceChem explains what went into creating such a complex, nuanced game -- while still working a day job -- and also what held back the game from finding the audience it might otherwise have found.
Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

Postmortem: Avalanche Studios' Renegade Ops 5
by Axel Lindberg [06.08.12]
How can the creative process turn into an "upward spiral" where everyone is firing on all cylinders -- and then, how can that upward spiral hide the real problems with the project from you? This candid postmortem has the answers.
Design, Postmortem, Production