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Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch the lead dev of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition break down the game's rebirth  
by Bryant Francis [12.13.19]
Forgotten Empires lead developer Bert Beeckman discusses the making of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition in this video interview.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Get a job: Sanzaru Games is hiring Systems Designers  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Systems Designers work closely with all disciplines (especially the art and engineering teams) to design, implement, and balance game mechanics to a high degree of polish.
Design, Recruitment

Chat with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition lead dev Bert Beeckman at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [12.13.19]
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition lead developer Bert Beeckman is answering your questions today on the GDC Twitch channel at 3PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Come to GDC and see how Untitled Goose Game's levels were scouted!  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Join the rest of the game industry at GDC 2020 and learn how one of the Untitled Goose Game devs applied his filmmaking background in a unique way to scout locations for game levels!
Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Designing efficient, effective branching narratives for games  
by Staff [12.12.19]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Cassie Phillipps offers a crash course on how to create meaningful story branches without making narratives that are convoluted, confusing or shallow.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Local split-screen has been added to Fortnite on the PS4 and Xbox One  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Epic Games is doing its bit to keep the age old tradition of local multiplayer alive by bringing split-screen to Fortnite.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Analyzing the pitfalls of the Virtual Boy 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
In 1995 Nintendo decided that they weren’t going to be held back by science fiction or anti-social behavior. They were going to dip into VR by making the most uncomfortable gaming console of all time.
Design

Blog: Building a fantasy VR world in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Learn how we created a high performance fantasy VR environment for our game, Sword Reverie.
VR, Programming, Design

Watch Russ Bullock break down the dev process for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries  
by Bryant Francis [12.11.19]
Check out this conversation with one of the lead developers behind MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and learn more about the game's design and development.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Best of 2019: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by John Harris [12.11.19]
Taito's bubble-popping classic holds a number of secrets, and in this guide an expert will show you how to find one that unlocks the game's hidden language and showcases a new dimension of its design.
Console/PC, Design

Chat with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries dev chief Russ Bullock at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [12.11.19]
Piranha Games CEO Russ Bullock is taking your questions about the making of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries starting at 3PM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

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

Best of 2019: How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI 1
by Tommy Thompson [12.10.19]
One of the most influential FPS titles of all time, GoldenEye defied expectations and set the standard for NPC AI for future generations.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Blog: Sharing accessible narratives through environmental design  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
This article examines how The Last of Us, God of War, and Inside create compelling narratives through environmental design.
Design

Catch a Classic Game Postmortem of FMV chiller 7th Guest at GDC!  
by Staff [12.10.19]
GDC organizers are excited to welcome some of the original development team to GDC 2020 in March for a special Classic Game Postmortem of their influential '90s FMV horror game The 7th Guest!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, GDC

Blog: Emotional context in decision design  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
In this article, I share how we used context and personal perspective in our interactive stories to make choices relevant for the player and easier to implement.
Design

Blog: Five books to help you better understand player behavior  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
Netease UX researcher Henri Brouard has compiled a reading list that should help you better understand player behavior.
Design

Behind the ingenious audio design of action RPG classic Diablo II  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
Diablo 2's audio team reflects on the game's soundscape in this excerpt from David L. Craddock's book Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II - Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels.
Audio, Design

Video: Writing for Lord Shaxx, Destiny's supportive space coach  
by Staff [12.09.19]
At GDC 2019 Bungie's Jonathan To discusses Lord Shaxx's creation as Crucible announcer in the Destiny series, and how the character grew from supporting character to fan favorite.
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault