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Game Design Deep Dive: How dark themes and bright art collide in Severed  
by Augusto Quijano [10.10.16]
"We didn't want to dilute the gravity of the situation Sasha is dealing with, but our aim was to portray the weight of the situation, not the gore of it," says Augusto Quijano, concept lead on Severed
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Audio Design Deep Dive: Using a human skull to create the sounds of Inside 8
by Martin Stig Andersen [10.06.16]
The composer & sound designer on Playdead's Inside takes us on a deep dive into why and how he used a human skull to create the unique aural soundscape of this atmospheric puzzle game.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Realistic chat in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n 3
by Adam Hines & Kevin Riach [09.20.16]
Adam Hines, co-founder of Night School Studio and game director, and Kevin Riach, game designer/producer, talk about creating the free-flowing real time text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Relaying asymmetric info in Eon Altar 1
by Joey Wiggs [09.07.16]
Designing a game around a single screen can be hard enough--what about multiple screens in local space? This mobile/PC hybrid tries to do just that, using players' phones or tablets as controllers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Building truly cooperative play in Overcooked 6
by Phil Duncan [08.26.16]
"With Overcooked, we wanted to make a game which was much more focused on how a team works together rather than simply adding more players to a single player experience."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Color as identity in Push Me Pull You 8
by Michael McMaster, Jacob Strasser [08.12.16]
"In a frantic local-multiplayer game, readability is hugely important. In our case, where there are two teams of two players on-screen at all time, it can be tricky to keep track of your character."
Indie, Art, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Dying Light's Natural Movement system 4
by Maciej Binkowski, Bartosz Kulon, Paul Milewski [06.02.16]
"So many of the established smoke and mirrors techniques you use in level design just didn’t work for us. We actually had to put full environments behind the curtain, so to speak."
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Dead Star's capital ship invasions 2
by Tom Ivey [05.31.16]
"We were really interested in creating a game that had a heavily asymmetrical element to the competing teams. Central to this idea was an episode of the TV show Battlestar Galactica titled '33.'"
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Situational awareness and player frustration in GRIP 2
by David Perryman [05.04.16]
The blinding speed of the Rollcage racing franchise left some players feeling disoriented or frustrated by unexpected crashes. Caged Element vowed to fix these issues in their spiritual successor GRIP.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Power-ups in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime 1
by Matt Hammill [11.17.15]
"If there’s one takeaway from this piece, it’s that every decision we made was massively influenced by playtesting. I can’t stress enough how important this was for ending up with clear, understandable game systems."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Undertale's action-based RPG battles Exclusive 3
by Toby Fox [10.30.15]
Undertale developer Toby Fox shares the thinking that went into the much-praised and highly unusual battle system in his popular indie RPG.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Controlling space and sound in Panoramical 1
by Fernando Ramallo, David Kanaga [10.16.15]
Panoramical developers Fernando Ramallo and David Kanaga take a deep dive into a simple question: How do you design and tune player input for a game that's also a music visualizer?
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Art Design Deep Dive: The hand-drawn art and animation of Jotun 3
by Jo-Annie Gauthier, Alexandre Boyer [10.07.15]
The art director and lead animator on Thunder Lotus Games' Jotun take a deep dive into the choices and challenges behind the game's unique art design and animation.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Rocking the Wii U GamePad with Runbow Exclusive  
by Alex Rushdy, Thomas McCall [08.28.15]
13AM Games explains how it got the most out of the much-maligned GamePad with new Wii U-exclusive indie game Runbow -- and made the game more fun for everybody in the room.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Rocket jumping in Rocket League Exclusive 8
by Dave Hagewood [08.19.15]
Psyonix founder Dave Hagewood explains how Rocket League's "rocket boost" mechanic started as a simple nitro button and wound up becoming a critical part of the game's acrobatic high-level play.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Alarm systems in Klei's Invisible, Inc. Exclusive 4
by James Lantz [06.01.15]
Technical designer James Lantz breaks down Klei's iterative approach to designing the alarm systems in Invisible, Inc. so they consistently create a tense, high-pressure environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Darkest Dungeon's Affliction System Exclusive 3
by Tyler Sigman, Chris Bourassa [05.28.15]
Chris Bourassa & Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios: "We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: One-hit kills in Titan Souls Exclusive 6
by Mark Foster [05.07.15]
Mark Foster, lead designer and programmer: "We gave the player a one-hit death; when I added in the fights, I just left them as single-hit kills, too. I felt like this just made sense in terms of gameplay."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Making babies in Hero Generations Exclusive 2
by Scott Brodie [04.14.15]
Heart Shaped Games founder Scott Brodie digs into the prototyping and fine-tuning that went into the design of the hereditary traits and genealogy systems at play in his game Hero Generations.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Game Design Deep Dive: Tapping to control musical monkeys in Jungle Rumble 2
by Trevor Stricker [04.01.15]
How do you make a musical action game that isn't simply monkey-see, monkey do? This Deep Dive takes you into the design of Jungle Rumble, a rhythm game that isn't typical.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Deep Dive