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Blog: The making of a transformational puzzle game  
by Gamasutra Community [01.02.18]
In this article I chronicle my design process in creating an award winning transformational puzzle game about geometry, and conclude with lessons learned.
Design, Production

Where next for the video game power fantasy? 14
by Simon Parkin [01.02.18]
With VR tech becoming common, game devs can immerse & embody players in fantasy worlds like never before. What does that intimacy mean for that most common of game design tropes, the power fantasy?
VR, Console/PC, Design

Level Design Deep Dive: Making an I Expect You To Die VR puzzle level on a budget  
by Shawn Patton [01.01.18]
"The expensive part of creating levels was iteration time. Finding the puzzle difficulty balance while keeping things interesting requires lots of tweaking. Could we do it with a smaller team on a tighter timeline?"
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Deep Dive

Best of 2017: Game Design Deep Dive: Creating believable crowds in Planet Coaster 3
by Staff [12.29.17]
"10,000 guests was what we targeted, and simulating each seemed like a challenge. This was where using flow/potential fields became very appealing." - Owen McCarthy, principal programmer at Frontier.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Gamasutra's Best of 2017: Brandon Sheffield's all-time top 10 games hidden in other games 3
by Brandon Sheffield [12.29.17]
"Iím talking about games tucked away within published games. Specifically Iím interested in games that have little to nothing to do with the games theyíre hidden in."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: How we turned Orwell into an episodic game 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.29.17]
Turning Orwell into an episodic serial was a risk. It had the potential to get people talking and elevate the game experience, or create an indie game "black hole". Here's what went right, and wrong.
Design, Production

Game devs around the world share their New Year's resolutions 1
by Staff [12.29.17]
2018 is nearly upon us, so what are game devs planning for the year ahead? To make games, of course, but also lots of other interesting things -- read on to find out what!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2017: 20 things I've learned about game development 31
by Gamasutra Community [12.28.17]
Thinking about what it means to be over fifty in game development prompted me to make a list of what I consider the twenty most important things I've learned over the years.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How Bomber Crew's devs found outsized success with a permadeath flight crew sim  
by Joel Couture [12.28.17]
"Our approach has always been Ďhope for the best, prepare for the worstí," says Runner Duck's Dave Miller while reflecting on the development of its surprisingly successful WWII bomber crew sim.
Indie, Design

Best of 2017: Meaning and choice, or how to design decisions that feel intimately difficult 17
by Gamasutra Community [12.27.17]
Kuba Stokalski, lead designer at 11 bit Studios, explores the conflict at the heart of many choices in This War of Mine - and examines how it can be used in other contexts.
Indie, Design

Blog: Fixing Tokyo 42's problematic camera  
by Gamasutra Community [12.27.17]
I discuss how game developers should approach receiving feedback and solving problems, in the context of an attempt to address issues with Tokyo 42's camera
Programming, Design, Production

Learn how Street Fighter II designer Akira Nishitani modernized the franchise  
by Chris Kerr [12.27.17]
"Games at that time had a lot of things about them that were 'not properly made.'†We started by investigating those things, then we began brainstorming about 'What feels good?'"
Design, Production

Blog: The painful art of cutting 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.27.17]
Writing game narrative is hard; cutting it is harder. But good, brutal editing is crucial to both managing your scope and delivering a tight story.
Design, Production

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 writer Mitch Dyer talks narrative design  
by John Harris [12.27.17]
No, we're not apologizing for that pun.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Trials of a self-taught indie dev 9
by Gamasutra Community [12.26.17]
Iíll try to describe what itís like to be a self-taught indie developer without a hit. And, well, it's not the kind of story you see in Indie Game: The Movie or documentaries or from the GDC scene.
Design, Production

Blog: Remastering Full Throttle and curating a classic 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.26.17]
Striking the balance in the production of a remaster is tricky business, and you can easily please as many fans as you disappoint. Here's how we handled the pressure when remastering Full Throttle.
Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: That HQ Donut County Trivia  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.24.17]
This installment of Video Game Deep Cuts includes a look at indie standout Donut County, the potential dystopia behind HQ Trivia, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Take a look at the early design notes that led to Rogue Legacy  
by Alissa McAloon [12.22.17]
"These arenít your standard design notes," warns creative designer Teddy Lee. "Not only are they barely legible, but these are much, much lamer."
Indie, Design

Blog: How the 3DO gave birth to my cynicism 5
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.17]
Behind every super logical sounding argument or theory, there is always some kind of emotional charge. Here's mine.
Design

Come to GDC 2018 and learn how Bungie tells stories in Destiny 2 1
by Staff [12.22.17]
At GDC 2018, Bungie†senior tools engineer Evan Moran will go†in-depth into a new visual scripting tool called the Scene Editor that builds Destiny 2 stories by coordinating AI movement and behavior.
Console/PC, Design, GDC