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Get a job: Fire Hose Games is hiring a Progression and Monetization Designer  
by Staff [03.31.20]
Join Fire House Games in Cambridge, Massachusetts and help develop sustainable monetization strategies and engaging progression systems for a live game.
Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The Valkyrie Profile-inspired design of Indivisible 1
by Bryant Francis [03.31.20]
Mike Zaimont and Mariel Cartwright of Lab Zero Games break down the design and production processes that brought Indivisible to life.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Using forgiveness mechanics to design better games  
by Staff [03.31.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk Butterscotch Shenanigans' Seth Coster examines forgiveness mechanics, game systems that allow the player to be 'off' in their inputs but still get desirable results.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Differentiating narratives using the selfish story model  
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.20]
A model for designers and writers in developing stories for games that explains how to differentiate traditional storytelling compared to games.
Design

Showcasing on Steam's Game Festival: the real numbers!  
by Simon Carless [03.31.20]
Luciano Iurino from Spanish dev The Troglobytes, who have Hyperparasite, their relentless twin-stick shooter/roguelite set in the roaring '80s, discussed the positive effects of having their game in the new Steam Game Festival.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding the improved out parameters in Unity C# 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.20]
In this post, you will learn about the improved Unity C# out Parameters feature that is available since C# 7.0.
Programming, Design

Video: Storytelling with verbs to better integrate narrative and gameplay  
by Staff [03.30.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Capy's Kaitlin Tremblay discusses the inherent fiction behind our most common gameplay verbs, such as shooting, talking, deciphering puzzles, hacking, and the like.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Players host weddings, classes, more in online games during COVID-19 crisis  
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
As lockdown after lockdown delays or cancels real-life events, players are beginning to host them into online games.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Mario Kart influenced Nintendo's fighting game, ARMS  
by Simon Parkin [03.26.20]
While there may appear to be few surface-level similarities between the games, lessons learned from Nintendo's long-running racing game series informed many aspects of its new fighting game IP.
Console/PC, Design

Deep Dive: Making a cozy, therapeutic experience in Coffee Talk 1
by Coffee Talk Team [03.26.20]
The developers behind Coffee Talk go deep on explaining the cozy, welcoming ambience of their "heart-to-heart talking simulator."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Develop: Brighton moved to November due to COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.26.20]
UK game dev conference Develop: Brighton has been postponed until November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing Grindstone's super satisfying board-clearing gameplay 1
by Staff [03.25.20]
Dan Vader, lead writer and designer on the brilliant Grindstone from Capy Games, explains the iterative process that brought about one of the most satisfying puzzle games in recent memory.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Blog: Why the world needs game developers right now 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.20]
As we lock down in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, game developers have a new role in all this: to provide agency to people when they largely have none.
Programming, Design, Production

Blog: How lore and storytelling can make puzzlers more replayable  
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.20]
Beidi Guo of Lantern Studio discusses the team's debut title LUNA The Shadow Dust, and looks at how lore and backstory can improve the replayability of puzzle games.
Design, Production

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice named game of the year in 2020 SXSW Gaming Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [03.25.20]
While the on-location event was called off due to the increasing presence of COVID-19, the 2020 SXSW Gaming Awards are still a go (digitally).
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design

How Lair of the Clockwork God blends the world of platformers and point-and-clicks 1
by Jack Yarwood [03.25.20]
Size Five Games founder Dan Marshall discusses the strange twists and turns of the studio's approach to designing its adventurous new point-and-click-meets-platformer Lair of the Clockwork God.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why Nintendo's new Animal Crossing features allow instant change in the real-time game  
by Alissa McAloon [03.24.20]
Features like crafting and terraforming are series firsts for Nintendo's Animal Crossing saga, and the studio tells Launcher both aim to give players more to do in their extended day-to-day play.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Designing great UI that helps immerse players in your game  
by Staff [03.24.20]
In this 2018 GDC session, UI designer Steph Chow discusses how to embed a game's world into its user interface, and how to strike the right balance between player immersion and player usability.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The making of Half-Life 2 5
by Staff [03.24.20]
Some of the minds behind the 2004 release Half-Life 2 outline Valve's decentralized design process in this classic postmortem from the Nov 2005 issue of Game Developer magazine.
Art, Design, Production

Mods that cut VR from Half-Life: Alyx will only show how vital its VR is, says Valve 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.24.20]
"At the end of the day, we knew that one of the questions that we were going to get from customers before we announced was, 'why did you do this in VR?'"
VR, Design