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Blog: A guide for optimizing audio imports in Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.09.19]
Freelance game audio designer Zander Hulme has put together a guide that explains how to use Unity's audio import settings to improve game performance.
Programming, Audio, Design

Berlin museum opens exhibition exploring the queer history of games  
by Chris Kerr [01.09.19]
The major exhibition will encompass over 30 years of media history, and will spotlight playable titles, concept art, fan-made mods, and documents from notable online communities.
Design, Production

Blog: The importance of spatiality in game design 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.09.19]
A strong focus on spatiality can lead to a large variety of interesting situations, incentivize intuitive decision-making and foster depth and emergence.
Design, Production

Video: A classic postmortem of Bejeweled  
by Staff [01.08.19]
In this GDC 2011 talk, PopCap Games' Jason Kapalka delivers a postmortem of Bejeweled, one of the most popular puzzle games of all time.
Console/PC, Design, Video

The Sims is integrating with Amazon Alexa devices  
by Emma Kidwell [01.08.19]
The Sims development team announced earlier today that The Sims will be integrated into Amazon Alexa devices, and is scheduled to launch next week. 
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Capcom tackled Western fantasy with Dragon's Dogma 6
by Staff [01.08.19]
In this notable 2011 interview, Dragon's Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno & producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi explain how the team that made Devil May Cry 4 ended up on a road inspired by Lord of the Rings.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Squeaky Wheel's 2018 Year in Review  
by Gamasutra Community [01.08.19]
I reflect on Squeaky Wheel's 2018, opining on conventions, keeping up motivation, and how the Steam algorithm changes affected us.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get an inside look at the making of Into the Breach at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.08.19]
Specifically, Subset Games' own Matthew Davis will be at GDC 2019 to give you an unprecedented look at how this critically-lauded strategy game was made.
Indie, Design, GDC

Blog: What I learned designing Sausage Sports Club 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.08.19]
Here are some of the lessons I learned while designing Sausage Sports Club, including a few deep dives into specific features.
Design, Production

Cosmic Top Secret, and a path to autobiographical game design  
by John Harris [01.08.19]
Produced by Danish film and game studio Klassefilm, Cosmic Top Secret recounts the experience of game director Trine Laier as she discovers her parents' role in the national security of her country.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: How to encourage cooperative behavior during co-op play  
by Staff [01.07.19]
In GDC 2011 session, Ubisoft Toronto's Patrick Redding explores game mechanics that help encourage cooperative play for the benefit of other game developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video

Cory Barlog on rebooting God of War: 'We don't just want to erase the past'  
by Emma Kidwell [01.07.19]
God of War's Cory Barlog discusses how leaving Sony Santa Monica to help reboot Tomb Raider gave him the perspective he needed to reboot his own franchise.
Console/PC, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: The Book Ritual  
by Joel Couture [01.07.19]
The Book Ritual has players exploring loss and grief through taking a book, defacing it, and then destroying it with a shredder.
Indie, Design, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Unity opens $25k contest for in-dev games with meaningful impact  
by Emma Kidwell [01.07.19]
Unity has announced its first annual Unity for Humanity contest, where one developer will be awarded $25,000 in funding to help bring their project to fruition. 
Console/PC, Serious, Design

God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man among Writers Guild award nominees  
by Emma Kidwell [01.07.19]
The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for its annual video game writing award, with the winners to be announced February 17th.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Design lessons learned from a decade at Nintendo's EAD 2
by Staff [01.07.19]
Motoi Okamoto was a member of Shigeru Miyamoto's Entertainment Analysis and Development department for a decade. He recounts the making of many of Nintendo's best-loved (and biggest-selling) titles.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join the Crystal Dynamics team as a Camera Designer  
by Staff [01.07.19]
Crystal Dynamics is looking for a dev to design, implement, and fine-tune game design cameras to create rich narrative in levels and cinematics.
Design

GDC 2019 to host a Classic Game Postmortem of Lemmings!  
by Staff [01.07.19]
One of the creators of the original Lemmings is coming to GDC 2019 in March to present a unique look at the making of this classic game! 
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Breaking down the metagame design in a mobile RPG 10
by Pol Vilaseca, Pietro Guardascione [01.07.19]
The senior economy designer and senior director of envelope design at King go in-depth on the metagame design of their cancelled mobile RPG, Hero.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Welcome To 2019, Already  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.06.19]
This week's highlights include a detailed look at what 2019 may bring in terms of business trends & games - as well as a whole host of other leftover 2018 highlights, daily 'meditations' on games, a Chinese indie megahit, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing