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The Google Play Indie Games Festival winners have been announced  
by Chris Kerr [07.28.20]
The winners of the Google Play Indie Games Festival have been announced, spotlighting some of the best and brightest indie games on the Android marketplace. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing great interactive narratives on mobile  
by Staff [07.27.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk writers Cass Phillipps, Marisa Bell, Jon Ingold and Rachel Weber discuss and debate how to create great narratives for players of mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: The Rapid Prototyping Game 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.20]
Being a game designer and teaching game design to others are two very different skills. In this article we examine The Rapid Prototyping game, a game-based learning strategy geared towards teaching game design in the classroom.
Design

Don't Miss: Inside the campaign design of Halo 5: Guardians  
by Bryant Francis [07.24.20]
Take a look back at the design pillars behind the campaign of Halo 5: Guardians.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Expanding animation & design capabilities in Battlefield 1 post-launch  
by Staff [07.24.20]
In this GDC 2018 session EA Dice's Ryan Duffin reveals how the Battlefield 1 devs built upon content and gameplay systems post-launch in ways that liberated animators and designers' creativity.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Tell Me Why FAQ clarifies game's depiction of trans and Indigenous characters  
by Bryant Francis [07.24.20]
An FAQ about Dontnod's new narrative adventure Tell Me Why explains how the game intends to depict its transgender & Indigenous characters and clarify early-game plot points.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: An agil-ish approach to game jams 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.20]
This article exposes the way I use to manage game jams development cycles. The method takes from the most used project management frameworks.
Programming, Design

EA's strategy for remastering Command & Conquer 1
by Bryant Francis [07.24.20]
Learn some of the challenges Electronic Arts faced when remastering Command & Conquer.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV  
by Staff [07.23.20]
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida speaks candidly at GDC 2014 about how Square Enix stumbled when launching their second big MMORPG -- and how it found its footing.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: When debug UI ruins your game design  
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.20]
Should you consider practicality, utility, or legibility of UI that's destined for the trash? Player Research director Sebastian Long attempts to find out.
Design

Don't Miss: The collision of collaboration, curation in Sunset Overdrive  
by Kris Graft [07.22.20]
Insomniac Games' stylish Xbox One shooter Sunset Overdrive changed significantly between conception and realization. Game director Drew Murray explains.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How moving from 2D to 3D shaped the design of Risk of Rain 2 1
by John Harris [07.21.20]
Risk of Rain 2 developer Hopoo Games opens up about the process of taking its acclaimed 2D roguelike into 3D, and what it takes to build a great roguelike with a small team.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

A complete 'game discovery' primer: 12 links to increase your discoverability factor  
by Simon Carless [07.21.20]
I’ve picked out around ten of the most ‘universal’ articles around how people find your game - thosethat will stand out in a few months (or maybe years!), and themed them for your pleasure.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Macro and micro narrative storytelling  
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.20]
In this post, we go through a range of topics about diversity, writing in games, and a blossoming industry in interactive movies.
Design

Deaf accessibility in video games 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.20]
We strive for players of all backgrounds to enjoy our games, including those who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing. So how can we make our games more accessible?
Console/PC, Audio, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Frog Fractions 2 and the art of surprising players expecting to be surprised 4
by Staff [07.20.20]
When people familiar with your work are expecting you to make surprising, fourth wall-breaking game, how do you catch them off-guard? That was the challenge Jim Crawford faced.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Help needed: what's the real Steam reviews/sales ratio? 2
by Simon Carless [07.20.20]
So, following a successful survey for ‘Steam wishlists to first week sales’, it’s time for a (much needed) re-evaluation of the lifetime review/sales ratio on Steam. And we need your help in giving us stats! But why the re-eval, and what’s it for?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

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Sponsored: How to get a job in games during a pandemic  
by CG Spectrum [07.20.20]
AI Programmer Firas Hosn and Career Specialist Maxine Schnepf discuss what's changed in the game industry and how to stand out in today's job market.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Sponsored Article

Video: Level design for non-linear story discovery in Tacoma  
by Staff [07.17.20]
In this GDC 2017 talk Fullbright's Steve Gaynor and Nina Freeman share lessons learned during the development of their non-linear space station story exploration game Tacoma.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault