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Blog: Unboxing BOXBOY! - A character controller cover  
by Gamasutra Community [04.25.19]
An in depth look at what makes the character controller tick in HAL Laboratory's BOXBOY! This was done by "covering" the game -- you can find out what that means in this article.
Design

Video: Why you should put your name on your indie game  
by Staff [04.24.19]
Experienced indies Zach Gage & Bennett Foddy take the stage at GDC 2019 last month to discuss why indie game makers are one of the few craftspeople to not sign their work, and why that should change.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: 10 important Kickstarter hacks from an expert  
by Gamasutra Community [04.24.19]
A quick checklist of expert hacks that should help you create a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Evolving difficulty modes in survival horror - Resident Evil 2 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.24.19]
What can Hardcore Mode in Resident Evil 2 offer beyond tougher enemies and scarcer bullets? A look at how content-based difficulty rewards survival horror fans.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Building God of War's Atreus to fit with both gameplay and narrative  
by Staff [04.23.19]
Working Kratos' son Atreus into God of War complicated many aspects of development but, in the end, including him as a fully realized companion AI paid off.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Using vision as the cursor in Tethered 1
by Staff [04.23.19]
"VR offers new ways of interacting that allow us to get much closer to that mouse and pointer functionality by turning your face into a mouse pointer," says Ian Moran, technical director of Tethered.
VR, Design

XRDC returns this October, so now's the time to pitch your great AR/VR talks!  
by Staff [04.23.19]
There's no better place to be if you want to check out the latest AR/VR tech while sharing knowledge with your peers -- and now's the time to submit your pitches for talks!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Video: The making of the Xbox Adaptive Controller  
by Staff [04.22.19]
This GDC 2019 talk covers the process of designing the Xbox Adaptive Controller and how it required the Microsoft Devices team to rethink how they engineered controllers altogether.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Maintaining tension in Nex Machina 1
by Staff [04.22.19]
"We needed to cut as much of excess fat as possible and figure out what was really necessary to get the feeling you are on the "knife's edge"." - Henri Mustonen, Senior Level Designer at Housemarque.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Boldly she rode: How Heaven's Vault reinvents adventure games  
by Katherine Cross [04.22.19]
"Inkle has done something radically original here, a breath of fresh air in a game industry all but stultified by unimaginative impersonations and safe bets," says Gamasutra columnist Katherine Cross on Heaven's Vault.
Indie, Design

Blog: The morality of anti-heroes in video games 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.19]
Video game heroes are bastions of virtue admired by players far and wide - but what about villains? Why are some of us drawn to nefarious characters, and what does that say about us?
Design

Behind Dawn of Man's style of 'ant colony' city-building 2
by John Harris [04.22.19]
Dawn of Man sped to the top of the Steam charts last month with its compelling style of simulation and city building. We got with Martiño Figueroa of developer Madruga Works to find out more about the game's development and design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How co-op VR is used to help train astronauts for space  
by Staff [04.19.19]
At GDC 2018 a panel of game makers and experts from Boeing and NASA discuss how the tools of game development can be used to help train astronauts for their voyages to the edge of known space.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Making debugging into a mechanic in Beglitched 1
by Staff [04.19.19]
"While debugging is considered to be one of the more odious aspects of programming, I felt that under the right circumstances, it could actually be exhilarating," says AP Thompson, designer of Beglitched.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Amnesia dev makes the case for why lying to players is sometimes good game design 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Frictional Games' Thomas Grip explains how considering what players assume about features can sometimes matter more than the actual features themselves.
Console/PC, Design

Take me to the hole: Loss and triumph in Astroneer 1
by Katherine Cross [04.19.19]
It wasn't until columnist Katherine Cross fell into a hole that she truly understood the genius of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Three lessons for narrative game design students  
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.19]
Three general lessons for students interested in narrative and game design on communities, supporting people, and the role of practice in trying to improve skills over time.
Design

Street Fighter II designer walks through the creation of the game's stranger fighters  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Akira Yasuda talks about how some of the more unusual Street Fighter characters were born out of an unspoken rule that encouraged them to push the boundaries of their designs.
Console/PC, Design

The imperfect science of Falcon Age's baby bird-based social media marketing  
by Bryant Francis [04.19.19]
Outerloop Games co-founder Chandana "Eka" Ekanayake talks about the baby bird that won Twitter's heart, and also a bit about Disneyland-like level design in Falcon Age.
VR, Console/PC, Design