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Game Discoverabilityland: The Summer Of Games 2
by Simon Carless [06.09.20]
A look at the upcoming Steam Summer Festival for unreleased games, more on Switch and PS4's editorial highlighting, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Moving on stairs in a 2D side-scroller 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.09.20]
This article lays out in detail how to design intuitive, bug-resistant, and good looking 2D stairs movement on a conceptual level.
Design

Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation  
by Bryant Francis [06.08.20]
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video: Harmonizing the creative and business goals of Dead by Daylight  
by Staff [06.08.20]
In a GDC 2020 virtual talk Behaviour Interactive's Isabelle Mocquard and Dave Richard explain how to turn the tension that can exist between creative and biz devs into a win-win monetization strategy.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valorant Rants, Skelattack... Attacks?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.05.20]
From a new Konami indie publishing initiative (Skelattack) to the release of Riot's much-hyped Valorant, plenty to talk about this week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A postmortem of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2
by Bryant Francis [06.05.20]
Take a look back at this postmortem of the original Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
Programming, Design

Balancing the stealth AI in Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.05.20]
AI and Games Ltd director Tommy Thompson explores the four design pillars of stealth AI.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Blog: Understanding open world level design - Part 5  
by Gamasutra Community [06.05.20]
In this last part of this blog series, I will quickly cover some tracks that I have identified to renew the content of open world games.
Design

Don't Miss: Big Huge Games' postmortem of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 13
by Staff [06.04.20]
Former Big Huge Games executive producer Mike Fridley walks through what went right and what went wrong with Kingdoms of Amalur's production leading up to a release that would sink two studios.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Blog: Steam's wishlist conversions - how hot are yours? 3
by Simon Carless [06.04.20]
Over the last couple of weeks, a few devs have been going public with various intriguing detailed Steam wishlist conversion stats. How do you lineup?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: Designing the Super Mario Maker-inspired I Wanna Maker  
by Patrick Traynor [06.04.20]
I Wanna Maker is a precision platformer with a robust level editor and online level sharing, based on the I Wanna Be The Guy fangames. Developer Patrick Traynor explains what went into making this Super Mario Maker-inspired gem.
Indie, Design

Blog: Can Amazon's first big-budget game succeed as a slow-burner? 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
The decision not to seize upon the marketing capital and capacity of Amazon and Twitch means that the conversation around Crucible never really began, so where does it go from here?
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: A level design breakdown of the Ghost of Tsushima trailer  
by Gamasutra Community [06.02.20]
Ghost of Tsushima level design analysis. Production workflow deep dive; From creating a layout to blocking out in Unreal Engine 4.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Understanding open world level design - Part 4  
by Gamasutra Community [06.02.20]
In the first three parts of this chronicle, I mainly approached this subject from the angle of game and level design. But there is another angle that is gaining more importance today: storytelling.
Design, Production

Don't Miss: Creator Alexey Pajitnov on the past, present, and future of Tetris 7
by Staff [06.01.20]
Conducted in 2010 during the 25th anniversary of Tetris, this classic chat with creator Alexey Pajitnov touches on everything from basic tenets of multiplayer design to the future of the game industry
Design, Business/Marketing

Go behind the scenes of Astroneer's big crafting overhaul at GDC Summer!  
by Staff [06.01.20]
It's never been more important for game makers to understand the nuances of updating live games, and at GDC Summer the Astroneer team will offer their own lessons learned on how to do it gracefully.
Indie, Design, GDC

Blog: Understanding open world level design - Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [06.01.20]
Until now, I've mainly approached this subject from the angle of game and level design. But there is another angle that is gaining more importance in game design today: storytelling.
Design

Q&A: Storytelling through erasure in the astonishingly unique If Found 2
by Bryant Francis [06.01.20]
If Found lead developer Laurla McGee explains the creative process and motivation behind If Found's erasing mechanic.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Shantae's Epic Poly Bridge Kombat Life  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.20]
Looking at new releases including a Poly Bridge & Shantae sequel, Sludge Life, Robocop in Mortal Kombat, & lots more interesting links.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A look back on the usefulness of video game manuals  
by Staff [05.29.20]
The recently passed Arnold Hendrick once shared his thoughts on the usefulness of manuals with Game Developers Conference. Take a look!
Console/PC, Design