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Here's a deep dive on the first 30 minutes of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales  
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here's how Insomniac Games made sure their take on Miles Morales landed with a smash.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Discovering your game's regional appeal, pre-launch?  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.21.21]
What's the best way to see the regional breakdown of Steam interesting and wishlists before launch? This, plus lots more, in our discovery latest round-up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Understanding the meaningless, micro-reactive, and marvellous writing of Disco Elysium 2
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"This thing that we've been calling micro-reactivity is essentially a process for generating narrative ripples on an industrial scale."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Naughty Dog defined melee attacks and behaviors in The Last of Us Part II  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"A melee attack contains animations to be played by the attacker and the defender, or the target. Then we have starting and ending conditions for each melee attack."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Konami is turning PES into a digital-only, free-to-play franchise called eFootball  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Konami is rebranding its Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise after over two decades and turning the soccer sim into a digital-only, free-to-play series.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Combining bombastic heists with a fully destructible voxel world in Teardown  
by Joel Couture [07.21.21]
"The destruction came first, and the setting was more or less retrofitted to suit the technology. It was important to me that destruction would be used for actual gameplay and not just as an effect."
Design, Video, IGF

The collaborative process behind Miles Morales' iconic Bodega Cat Suit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"While it may just seem like another suit, this symbolized the team spirit we have at Insomniac and serves as a great example of our collaborative nature."
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Frostpunk designer: Systems can express personal ideas, even unintentionally  
by Bryant Francis [07.20.21]
In her GDC 2021 talk, former Frostpunk game designer Marta Fijak broke down how designers can use game systems to express authorial intent—for better and potentially for worse.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Designing biomes to create memorable adventures in Assassin's Creed Valhalla  
by Chris Kerr [07.20.21]
"From all the sources, and after a lot of iteration separating mountain biomes, grasslands, forests, we were able to boil it down to two main biomes: essentially lush and dry."
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Guiding players with story-driven events in live games using 'breadcrumbs'  
by Bryant Francis [07.20.21]
King's Abigail Rindo shared how the studio uses “narrative breadcrumbs” to guide players through story-driven events.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

GDC 2021: Find all our coverage here!  
by Staff [07.19.21]
Stay up to date on news, interviews, session coverage and more from the all-virtual GDC 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Accessibility ideas and testing tips from Dreams developer Media Molecule  
by Chris Kerr [07.19.21]
"One thing was to not make assumptions about what a player might need or use. You can't assume that just because a player has a certain disability, that they're definitely going to use X,Y, and Z settings."
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Explaining the value of show don't tell storytelling in Outer Wilds 3
by Chris Kerr [07.19.21]
"Players don't always get the knowledge they're looking for, but it's always valuable and steers them in the right direction."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Welcome to the first day of GDC 2021!  
by Staff [07.19.21]
It’s the first day of GDC 2021! Let’s make it a great one with these incredible sessions.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

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Q&A: Make your game a social platform and retain players with Agora  
by Staff [07.19.21]
Sponsored: Gamasutra speaks with Sid Sharma, sr. director of developer relations and partner engineering at Agora, about how Agora's real-time engagement platform can turn your multiplayer online game into a social platform.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Sponsored Article

Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring for a Creative Fellowship  
by Staff [07.16.21]
The Insomniac Games Creative Fellowship offers extraordinary individuals the opportunity to make an oversized impact on the creative vision and execution of a high-profile game.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Using photography to document the end of the world in Umurangi Generation  
by Joel Couture [07.16.21]
"...what is going on is obvious to anyone walking through it, but you see things like political discourse and marketing try to talk around the problem and make the populace feel comfortable..."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, IGF

Get a job: Robot Gentleman is hiring a Writer  
by Staff [07.15.21]
Robot Gentleman, the independent games developer known for the atomic dark comedy adventures 60 Seconds! and 60 Parsecs!, is looking for a writer.
Console/PC, Design

Analysis: Let's talk about Steam Deck, shall we? 4
by Gamasutra Staff [07.15.21]
Ah, look, Valve has released its plans for a Steam-related handheld. What's all that about, then? We look into the announce and what is means for platforms...
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A dive into to the gameplay of Legends of Runeterra 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.15.21]
In this blog, we explore the mechanics of Legends of Runeterra, the mechanics of its closest competitors, how the game has solved their problems, and which are its key innovations.
Design, Production