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Deep Dive: Making the 2D action game tool Pixel Game Maker MV  
by Takuya Hatakeyama [12.11.19]
Takuya Hatakeyama, director on Kadokawa's Pixel Game Maker MV, goes in-depth on the creation of the recently-released 2D action game tool.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Crafting mystery through gameplay in Nauticrawl  
by Andrea Interguglielmi [11.13.19]
In this thorough Deep Dive, Nauticrawl dev Andrea Interguglielmi walks through his process of designing this atmospheric puzzle game to evoke feelings of genuine mystery and wonder.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Deep Dive: Horror enemy design in Tonight it Follows  
by Jordan King [10.31.19]
Indie game dev Jordan King breaks down design of several key monsters in his uniquely unnerving pixelated horror games.
Design, Deep Dive

Deep Dive: Inside the narrative design and 'multiple middles' of Mutazione 1
by Hannah Nicklin [10.30.19]
In this nuanced look at game storytelling Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin walks you through how she joined up with the Mutazione crew to flesh out and build the narratives of this mutant soap opera.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Deep Dive: Telling Lies - Making a mechanic out of scrubbing video 1
by Sam Barlow [10.08.19]
Sam Barlow, writer and director of FMV game Her Story, offers a fantastic breakdown of the video scrubbing mechanic of Her Story follow-up Telling Lies.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Deep Dive: Burdening players with the power of the system in Legal Dungeon 4
by Joel Couture [07.24.19]
Korean game developer Somi's latest game Legal Dungeon has players organizing police investigation documents - and having to decide whether to indict the accused criminals or not. Here's how Somi did it.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Making the 100(!) endings of Reventure 2
by Javi Cepa [06.26.19]
Javi Cepa explains the design challenges in making Reventure, a Steam success that has 100 different endings.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Frenetic local multiplayer in Emergency Water Landing 2
by Johnathon Moss and Timothy Neville [05.31.19]
Emergency Water Landing is a local multiplayer game where players control high powered rescue rafts and fight to save the most passengers, and this is how we designed it.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Re-imagining the double-jump in The Messenger  
by Thierry Boulanger [05.23.19]
Thierry Boulanger at Quebec-based studio Sabotage goes in-depth on the design of the "Cloudstep" -- the core gameplay mechanic of standout platformer, The Messenger.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Game Tech Deep Dive: A window into Playground Games' latest shader development 2
by Gareth Harwood [12.10.18]
Gareth Harwood, technical art director at Playground Games, offers an in-depth run-down of the shaders used to give buildings realistic rooms in the fast and beautiful Forza Horizon 4.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Dandara's unique jump-only movement mechanic 2
by Joo Brant [04.20.18]
"By designing natively for different input methods, you can bring life to a completely new game design," writes Dandara dev João Brant in this Deep Dive into the game's unique movement system.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Art Design Deep Dive: Giving back colors to cryptic worlds in Dead Cells 5
by Gwenaël Massé [04.03.18]
"Despite featuring zombies and developing a game where the foreboding sense of danger never leaves you, we choose not to mimic the artistic direction of similar titles." - Gwenaël Massé, artist on Dead Cells.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Deep Dive

Art Design Deep Dive: Crossing Souls' striking '80s-infused pixel art  
by Juan Gabriel Jan and Daniel Benitez [03.29.18]
Fourattic cofounders Juan Gabriel Jaén and Daniel Benitez write in some detail about how they implemented the striking art design of Crossing Souls, in which modern pixel art meets '80s pop culture.
Indie, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating comfortable UI for VR strategy in Skyworld 2
by Paul van der Meer [01.31.18]
"Although there is a strong urge to use as many real-life interactions as possible, this gets physically tiresome quickly. Make sure you require the least amount of strain to play." - Paul van der Meer, VR game designer at Vertigo Games,
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Art Design Deep Dive: Using a 3D pipeline for 2D animation in Dead Cells 6
by Thomas Vasseur [01.25.18]
"To make up for the lack of bandwidth and still deliver on quality, we had to find a pipeline that could give us great looking pixel art, without having to hand draw each and every retake," writes Dead Cells artist Thomas Vasseur.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating the 'spherical narrative' in The Invisible Hours 3
by Rob Yescombe [01.15.18]
"VR feels like a mansion full of unopened doors. And behind one of those doors is an undiscovered language of storytelling; an entirely new narrative structure specific to VR."
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Bringing Arizona Sunshine to the PSVR Aim 1
by Trevor Blom [01.04.18]
Trevor Blom, technical lead at Vertigo Games details the development challenges of introducing an entire campaign mode focused around the PlayStation VR Aim controller for Arizona Sunshine.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Level Design Deep Dive: Making an I Expect You To Die VR puzzle level on a budget  
by Shawn Patton [01.01.18]
"The expensive part of creating levels was iteration time. Finding the puzzle difficulty balance while keeping things interesting requires lots of tweaking. Could we do it with a smaller team on a tighter timeline?"
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: The Spinning Plates approach of Bomber Crew 1
by Dave Miller [11.28.17]
"The intention was to keep the focus on the decisions made by the player both before and during the missions, rather than simply relying on the player’s skill in a particular mechanic."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Managing randomization, frustration in Everspace 3
by Hans-Christian Khl [10.03.17]
Hans-Christian Kühl of Rockfish Games on dealing with randomization and frustration in Everspace, a 3D sci-fi shooter with roguelike elements.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive