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Blog: Animal Crossing in the age of social distancing  
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.20]
Urustar co-founder and creative director Federico Fasce serves up ann analysis of Animal Crossing as a playful space during the pandemic lockdown.
Console/PC, Design

Exploring the world-driven game design of Control 1
by Bryant Francis [04.09.20]
Remedy's Control was one of the most interesting games of last year because of its mysterious world where the mundane collided with the strange. Mikael Kasurinen and Brooke Maggs tell us the thinking behind the world-building.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: 20 essential real-world games designers should study (and play!) 32
by Staff [04.08.20]
In this classic feature we profile games like Chess and Go through pen-and-paper RPGs like Call of Cthulhu, European games like The Settlers of Catan, and more -- each with a unique design lesson.
Design

Video: Lessons learned about matchmaking for engagement in Halo 5  
by Staff [04.08.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk, 343 Industries' Josh Menke shows how to effectively test matchmaking approaches using real examples and data from a popular first-person shooter.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: A postmortem of my rope-swinging action title Hang Line  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.20]
The story of how indie game Hang Line was created, from concept to launch. How I learnt new skills, cut corners, struggled with anxiety and ignored advice to find my own personal journey to success.
Design, Production

Blog: The impact of product managers on game design 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.20]
A look at how design in the games industry evolved after product managers were brought into the fold.
Design, Production

Blog: Designing the art of Damaged In Transit  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.20]
A deep dive into the process of designing/animating all of the in-game elements from our new puzzle game, Damaged In Transit.
Art, Design

Designing around panic in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners  
by Aron Garst [04.08.20]
"We wanted you to be on the razor's edge of death at all times, that's what makes survival horror good," says The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners director Todd Adamson.
VR, Design

Get a job: Be a Gameplay Designer at Remedy Entertainment  
by Staff [04.07.20]
The team at Control developer Remedy Entertainment seek a Gameplay Designer to take a key role on a project currently in development at the studio's offices in Finland.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Video: Overcoming creative block on Super Crush KO  
by Staff [04.07.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk, DrinkBox Studios' Gabby DaRienzo talks about her experience with a year-long creative block, how she overcame it, and how it affected her work on Super Crush KO.
Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: A/B tests for analyzing live ops  
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.20]
How to choose the right metric to run an A/B test. What options do you have while testing (just A and B or multiple variants). Important notes on preparing a sample for the test.
Design, Production

Blog: Learning resources for Unity addressables in 2020 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.20]
With so much content out there, you might be confused about where to start learning Unity addressables. To help you there, here's a list of resources to help you learn Unity addressables in 2020.
Programming, Design

Game discoverability: to demo, or not to demo?  
by Simon Carless [04.07.20]
How should you position your game demo on Steam? We look at a couple of options, as well as a whole bunch of other news around game discoverability - how people find and play your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How height, audio cues, and trust sculpted VR locomotion in Half-Life: Alyx  
by Alissa McAloon [04.06.20]
Creating comfortable and believable movement for players in virtual reality is one of those game development puzzles where there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer
VR, Console/PC, Design, Video

Get a job: Join the Infinity Ward team as a Technical Multiplayer Designer  
by Staff [04.06.20]
Infinity Ward, developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, is seeking an experienced Technical Multiplayer Designer.
Programming, Design, Recruitment

Video: Writing great ensemble casts (instead of lone heroes) in games  
by Staff [04.06.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk, Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin discusses the key techniques, challenges and potential of writing for ensemble casts compared to 'heroes' tales' in video games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: 7 JRPGs game developers should study 6
by Staff [04.06.20]
We reached out to some game makers and asked them to name some JRPGs that they believe all devs should study.
Console/PC, Design

Analgesic has open-sourced its 'Zelda-like' adventure game Anodyne  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.20]
The studio has uploaded the game's source code, art, level editor, and music to Github, and has implored fans to get creative.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Balancing fun gameplay and realism when introducing new classes 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.20]
Adding a brand new class to a game five years after its release isn't easy, so here are some tips we learned after bringing submarines to World of Warships.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 5
by Staff [04.03.20]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design