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Updates » Design
Don't Miss: A game dev postmortem of Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension 8
by Staff [04.17.18]
Sony Santa Monica senior producer Whitney Wade and director of internal development Chacko Sonny discuss bringing multiplayer to the God of War experience.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Get a job: Magic Leap is hiring a Game Designer  
by Staff [04.17.18]
Magic Leap is looking for a motivated designer who is strong in core design fundamentals, while also ready to break new ground on a brand new platform establishing an all-new set of design rules.
Design, Recruitment

Game design portfolio-building tips from a Creative Assembly vet Exclusive 2
by Simon Mann [04.17.18]
In this helpful article, Creative Assembly senior designer Simon Mann describes ways to think like a designer and help build a strong game design portfolio to get yourself noticed.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Sponsored: Join this free live webinar on cross-platform multiplayer game dev!  
by Amazon GameLift [04.17.18]
In this free webinar, join AWS and Amazon GameLift and learn how to support cross-platform play for your multiplayer game. Register now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Reversing the sunk cost fallacy: Devs recount what shouldn't have been cut 2
by Richard Moss [04.17.18]
"We should abandon that feature, even though we've sunk so much time and efort into it!" Sometimes this is the right call, but other times, maybe not -- as these dev stories suggest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

HTC releases development kit for Vive Pro front-facing cameras  
by Emma Kidwell [04.16.18]
HTC announces the SRWorks SDK, a development kit for the front-facing cameras on the Vive Pro.
VR, Design

Blog: Riddle of the Sphinx and the search for complex design 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.18]
An excerpt from '21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS' exploring how Riddle of the Sphinx paved the way for more complex game design.
Design

Procedurally generating enemies, places, and loot in State of Decay 2  
by Alan Bradley [04.16.18]
Undead Labs devs chat about how they distribute gear, materials, and enemies in State of Decay 2 in a way that feels interesting and intentional -- without having to do all of the grunt work by hand.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dancing Below The Ceiling?  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.15.18]
This week's highlights include an update on Capy's much-discussed Below, how Valve gets you to look up in their first-person shooters, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch us play Where the Water Tastes Like Wine with the lead dev  
by Bryant Francis [04.13.18]
The Gamasutra editorial team sits down to discuss the fate and fortune of Dim Bulb Games after launching Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: A postmortem of the original Sonic the Hedgehog  
by Staff [04.13.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara discuss their perspectives on the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Exploring interactive dialogue differently in #WarGames  
by Emma Kidwell [04.13.18]
Sam Barlow discusses taking a different approach to interactive dialogue with #WarGames.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: A game dev postmortem of the original BioShock 16
by Staff [04.13.18]
In this classic feature, project lead Alyssa Finley writes candidly about trials, triumphs, and lessons learned in the making of the original BioShock.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Chat with the lead developer of Where the Water Tastes Like Wine at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [04.13.18]
Join us for a chat about indie game design as we play Where the Water Tastes Like Wine at 3PM EDT!
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Designing the gigantic map of Mafia III  
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.18]
A big game needs a big map, and it's safe to say Mafia III had exactly that. Here's how we put it together.
Design

Reflecting on Hitman Sniper, four years after launch  
by Emma Kidwell [04.12.18]
In an interview with Pocket Gamer, product lead on Hitman Sniper Dominic Allaire shares how, after four years, the iOS title has managed to keep an active player base.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

How 'B-games' influenced the design of Getting Over It  
by Emma Kidwell [04.12.18]
Bennett Foddy and Derek Yu discuss the impact of B-games like Sexy Hiking and the influence they had on indie developers.
Indie, Design

Opinion: Elegance and colonialism in Civ VI's Rise and Fall  
by Katherine Cross [04.12.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross examines the design of Civilization VI and its latest DLC, as well as how they touch on the issues of representation and the exaltation of war.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Rendering the striking visuals of Capybara's Below  
by Staff [04.12.18]
Capybara Games' Colin Weick speaks at GDC 2017 about the techniques used to achieve high visual fidelity in the context of the simplified yet dense aesthetic of the studio's upcoming roguelike Below.
Indie, Art, Design

Stick or twist: Balancing randomness and strategy in Hearthstone  
by Chris Kerr [04.12.18]
Hearthstone lead developer Ben Brode has some interesting thoughts on how the popular card-battler manages to balance player agency and strategy with randomness. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design