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Video: Delivering data-driven dynamic gameplay effects in For Honor  
by Staff [08.05.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Aurelie Le Chevalier dives into For Honor's modifiers system, a data-driven system that allows designers to dynamically create gameplay effects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Rift surpasses Vive as VR devs' top platform in new XRDC Innovation Report  
by Staff [08.05.19]
The free XRDC 2019 Innovation Report offers nuanced, wide-reaching perspective on the AR/VR/MR industries: verything from what platforms devs are focusing on right now to how they’re being funded!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Giving players the ability to bump off any NPC in The Outer Worlds was 'insanely hard' 1
by Chris Kerr [08.05.19]
What happens when a studio decides to give players total control over life and death? According to The Outer Worlds senior designer Brian Heins, it can present one or two hurdles.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Preparing for the changes to Google Play's ratings system  
by Gamasutra Community [08.05.19]
Google will soon be changing how an app's average rating is calculated. In this post I'll explain why that's both good and bad news, and hopefully help you prepare for the switch-up.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Making family matter in Children of Morta  
by Bryant Francis [08.05.19]
Children of Morta lead developer Amir Fassihi shares insight on making a pixel-heavy action RPG starring a family of adventurers.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite World Cup's Fire-y Youngblood  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.03.19]
This week's roundup includes Epic's Fortnite World Cup, analyses of Nintendo's new Fire Emblem and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as time loops in games, Candyland, Elsinore and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: What an art-house indie learned from a year of working in F2P  
by Staff [08.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, PlayDots' Margaret Robertson reveals some surprising truths about what she learned in the shift from an indie career to one at a successful free-to-play game company.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Building the monstrous transforming puzzle heads of GNOG  
by Staff [08.02.19]
Gnog lead designer and artist Sam Boucher reveals how the game was originally conceived, and how the team went about designing each of its charmingly grotesque puzzle faces.
Indie, Art, Design

How Diablo meets Left 4 Dead in co-op action RPG Killsquad  
by John Harris [08.02.19]
Novarama director Dani Sánchez-Crespo tells us about Killsquad, a co-op action RPG that jumped to the top of the Steam charts in recent weeks.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Building an audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets  
by Staff [08.01.19]
Early on, Ooblets already had a large following. In this 2017 story, the makers of the game explain how publicly sharing their game's development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Reinventing a platformer for VR the Astro Bot way  
by Staff [08.01.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, creative director Nicolas Doucet talks about the origins and development of the acclaimed PlayStation VR platformer Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

XRDC offers a rare look at how biometric VR is improving mental health care  
by Staff [08.01.19]
Come to XRDC in October for a practical overview of VR's potential role in capturing biometric data and helping deliver treatments for anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and depression.
VR, Design

Watch two of Elsinore's devs discuss the tragic Shakespeare simulator  
by Bryant Francis [07.31.19]
Watch two of the developers behind Elsinore discuss the making of their Hamlet-themed Shakespeare simulator.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Chat with two of Elsinore's developers at 11AM EST  
by Bryant Francis [07.31.19]
Chat with two of the developers who helped create the Hamlet-themed time-traveling game Elsinore at 11AM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Creating a vegetation system that reacts to the environment  
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.19]
The Riftbreaker is the latest project from EXOR Studios. Running on their own engine, it features multiple systems that aid immersion. In this article, we take a look at the vegetation system.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Video: Niantic founder examines the state & future of AR games  
by Staff [07.30.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Niantic CEO John Hanke examines the state of augmented reality, helping you imagine possible AR games & experiences that offer persistent shared experiences in the real world.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

At XRDC you'll learn how VR is radicalizing drug design at nanoscale  
by Staff [07.30.19]
At XRDC in San Francisco this October you'll have a rare opportunity to see exactly how cutting-edge researchers are using VR to design new drugs -- at nanoscale!
VR, Serious, Design, XRDC

The 2020 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.19]
Informa Tech, organizer of GDC 2020, is now accepting submissions for the 22nd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF), the longest running festival, summit and showcase of independent games!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, IGF

Making the bizarre, hilarious world of Trover Saves the Universe  
by John Harris [07.30.19]
Trover Saves the Universe was created by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland and shows off much of his show's bizarre humor. We talk to Squanch Games to learn about world-building and judgment-free ideation.
VR, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The Blue Shell and its discontents 45
by Ian Bogost [07.29.19]
"The Blue Shell is everything that's wrong with America," is how writer Ian Bogost opens this classic article interrogating the design and cultural context of Mario Kart's infamous leader-killer.
Console/PC, Design