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Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny 2
by Staff [06.18.19]
"You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: The importance of definitions in game design 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.19]
This post will show you how defining terms in the context of your game can facilitate communication among designers.
Design

Blog: Design insights we learned at Dreamhack Dallas 2019 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.19]
Here's an in-depth look at our budget, detailed session data, and our unexpected discovery of how to influence player perception, which we learned showcasing Summoners Fate at Dreamhack Dallas 2019.
Design

Check out Opus Magnum dev Zachtronics' entire game design history for free  
by Chris Kerr [06.18.19]
Here's something neat! You can now grab SpaceChem and Opus Magnum developer Zachtronics' complete game design history without spending a dime.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: A tool for game accessibility and depth analysis - Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.19]
This is the final part in a three-part series describing a method for viewing, analyzing, and comparing depth and accessibility of games. This part provides more example on how to apply the method.
Design, Production

Live, die, repeat: How Outer Wilds piques curiosity in an ambivalent solar system 1
by Kris Graft [06.18.19]
Outer Wilds is a game whose universe makes you feel small - like a cog in a gargantuan wind-up clock. It's a universe that's ambivalent to your existence; one that shrugs at your presence and absence alike.
Indie, Design, Video

Get a job: Cold Iron Studios is looking for a Senior World Builder  
by Staff [06.17.19]
Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Sr. World Builder to join it in creating a shooter set in the Alien universe for consoles and PC.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: A tool for game accessibility and depth analysis - Part 2 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.17.19]
This is the second part in a three-part series describing a method for viewing, analyzing, and comparing depth and accessibility of games. This part delves into more details.
Design, Production

How Media Molecule designed a fun and robust toolset for Dreams  
by Jack Yarwood [06.17.19]
Media Molecule's hugely ambitious creation engine, Dreams, would be nothing if the tools of creation weren't fun to use. Here's how the studio designed a toolset worthy of play.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: E3, E3, E3 (and some Non-E3!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.14.19]
This week's roundup is E3-packed, including discussion of best games, Nintendo, the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft's xCloud vs Google Stadia (or not!), as well as another 10+ links that aren't about E3 at all.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: 9 takeaways of Duelyst's journey from tabletop to digital game  
by Staff [06.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Counterplay Games' Eric Lang & Keith Lee reflect on the development of Duelyst, share lessons learned and explain how it went from a boardgame prototype to a digital card game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Brenda and John Romero's Empire of Sin is an emergent narrative gangster flick  
by Bryant Francis [06.14.19]
Empire of Sin, Romero Games' take on 1920s turn-based tactics, has some interesting emergent narrative and gameplay elements not typical to the strategy genre.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Blog: Four decades of advergames 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.14.19]
Veteran programmer Herman Tulleken looks at highlights from the history of advergames.
Design

Blog: Tips and tricks for managing open game development  
by Gamasutra Community [06.14.19]
More and more indies are allowing players to have a say about game updates. Maybe you decided to do this as well, so here are some tips and tricks I learned from my own experience with open game dev.
Design, Production

Q&A: Writing new characters, new worlds in Obsidian's The Outer Worlds 2
by Kris Graft [06.14.19]
Megan Sparks, senior narrative designer at Obsidian, gives us a rundown of how she creates the characters and worlds of The Outer Worlds.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Cyberpunk designer says CDPR is working on transgender character options
by Bryant Francis [06.13.19]
CD Projekt Red lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz says that the team hopes the still-in-progress character creator will allow for a broader range of gender expression for Cyberpunk.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Video: 5 more game design techniques from rather clever devs  
by Staff [06.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk game designers Richard Rouse III, Erin Hoffman-John, Soren Johnson, Raph Koster, Josh Sawyer, and Stone Librande share unique game design rules they've used in their work.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

In-depth: A tool for game accessibility and depth analysis 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.19]
Game industry veteran Tobias Karlsson (Battlefield 1942, Star Wars 1313, Days Gone) offers a method for viewing, analyzing, and comparing depth and accessibility of games.
Design

Video: How cheating and making player life easier helped Dead Cells shine  
by Staff [06.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard provides a closer look at how cheating and making player life easier actually made Dead Cells a hardcore game without the rage-quitting.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Designing Zelda: Breath of the Wild's unconventional mechanics  
by Staff [06.12.19]
At GDC 2017, some of the lead developers on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild talk earnestly about how (and why) they designed the game's convention-breaking systems and mechanics.
Console/PC, Design