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In It To Minit: Designing a world of one-minute adventures  
by Alex Wiltshire [04.12.18]
Minit devs Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman open up about how they designed their one-minute adventure game to be fun but not frustrating, and why time limits are great for emphasizing player choice.
Indie, Design

Video: From concept to console: A Horizon Zero Dawn postmortem  
by Staff [04.11.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Guerrilla Games' Eric Boltjes discusses the development of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Bad Robot, Pocket Gems, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [04.11.18]
From calls for programmers and designers in Ontario to openings for creative directors in California, here are just some of the job listings that hit Gamasutra's job board this past week.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Ken Rolston's development secrets of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 4
by Staff [04.11.18]
"The virtue of having been a paper and pencil role-playing game designer meant that I [...] had to, out of nothing, create a world, make it coherent, and publish it immediately."
Console/PC, Design

How game writers craft meaningful romances in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.18]
A roundtable interview on writing romance, featuring Samantha Wallschlaeger (Guild Wars 2, ME: Andromeda), Ben Gelinas (Dragon Age, Mass Effect), Ed Sibley (Love Island) & Jared Rosen (Dream Daddy).
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Working as a collaborator on indie sensation, Cuphead  
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.18]
This postmortem is about the contribution we, at iLLOGIKA studios, gave to the highly-anticipated indie title, Cuphead from Studio MDHR.
Design, Production

'It should seep in by osmosis': Devs discuss what makes great flavor text  
by Alex Wawro [04.10.18]
"It should seep in by osmosis, minimize the amount you take the player away from the gameplay," says game designer Brian Reynolds in a PCGamer feature about how devs write good flavor text in games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How good game design is like a magic trick  
by Staff [04.10.18]
At GDC 2018 game designer Jennifer Scheurle showcases some of her favorite examples of the ways games "trick" players, cherry-picking from the tricks and secrets she got from fellow devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: 3 game design lessons learned from RPG legend Ken Rolston 13
by Alan Horn [04.10.18]
In this timeless feature on RPG design, game dev Alex Horn shares some critical lessons learned while he was working with Ken Rolston, of Morrowind and Oblivion fame.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: How to create a terminal system in UE4 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.18]
In this post we explain how the terminal and puzzle systems, which are the core mechanics in our game Tartarus, work.
Programming, Design

Game makers share some of their favorite dev 'hacks' 1
by Alex Wawro [04.09.18]
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail posed a fun question on Twitter this morning: "What is your favorite or most surprising 'hack' solution to a game development problem you've personally used or implemented?"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Witness dev offering grants of up to $20k to indie puzzle designers  
by Alissa McAloon [04.09.18]
The team is looking to offer grants of up to $20,000 to three to six designers from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Indie, Design

Blog: Gameplay setbacks as a tool for creating impactful moments 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.18]
How gameplay setbacks can be used to create meaningful and memorable moments of growth for players.
Design

Blog: The importance of knowing your inheritance, as a game dev 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.18]
Game dev Soren Johnson (Offworld Trading Company) writes about why it's important for game makers to understand what their work inherits from the past.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: A WiLD eSports Mario Approaches  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.07.18]
This week's highlights include the current fate of Michel Ancel's WiLD, a 'state of eSports' profile, Super Mario RPG archival interview goodness, & much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

'We had to scramble': Devs reflect on the making of Divinity: Original Sin 2 1
by Alex Wawro [04.06.18]
"Original Sin 2 was the first time where we had sufficient resources to do everything well, and even then we had to scramble," studio founder Sven Vincke told PCGamer in a new postmortem feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Watch Gamasutra discuss Sea of Thieves (while raiding on the high seas)  
by Bryant Francis [04.06.18]
Join the Gamasutra editorial team as they're ambushed by (teenage) pirates while trying to discuss Sea of Thieves.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Designing Splatoon & Splatoon 2 to be stylish and appealing  
by Staff [04.06.18]
At GDC 2018 Splatoon and Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami shares his experiences working with a design team whose goal was to create a game that was novel yet easy to grasp and riveting to play.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Don't Miss: What can game designers learn from the original Legend of Zelda? 69
by Mike Stout [04.06.18]
In this classic feature, Mike Stout (Ratchet & Clank, Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more.
Console/PC, Design

V&A Museum to highlight game design innovations in coming exhibit  
by Alissa McAloon [04.06.18]
The museum will be hosting an exhibit that seeks to explore recent evolutions in game design innovations and their growing impact on players and communities.
Indie, Design