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Blog: Approaching player choice in video games 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.30.19]
An article about how games should approach the player's choices and how they should deliver a moral message.
Design

Get a job: Dream Harvest is hiring a Technical Game Designer  
by Staff [04.29.19]
We're looking for a highly adept Technical Designer to join the Dream Harvest Family full time at our office in Brighton (Though you can start remote).
Design, Recruitment

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating an adaptive tech tree in Dawn of Man
by Martiño Figueroa [04.29.19]
"In order to advance to the next era quickly, you want to do a variety of actions, you probably want to hunt a variety of animals, experiment with all the tools, and try to build a larger settlement."
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Pixar Animation Studios, FoxNext Games, are more are hiring now!  
by Staff [04.26.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Video: How Blizzard designed and built Overwatch's replay tech  
by Staff [04.26.19]
At GDC 2017, Blizzard's Philip Orwig gives an illuminating talk about how Overwatch's replay systems (including the kill cam and 'Play of the Game' highlights) were designed and built!
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Overhaul's Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition postmortem 5
by Staff [04.26.19]
Founding BioWare developer Trent Oster takes us behind the scenes of the development of the Baldur's Gate remake, and all of its complications.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Chat with one of Outward's developers at 2PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [04.26.19]
Join a conversation with the developers behind Outward starting at 2PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Orchestrating game worlds using Event SuperVision - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [04.26.19]
In the second part of my blog series, I discuss the variety of 'Game Event' types, including what's unique, repeatable, and conditional.
Design, Production

Blog: Unboxing BOXBOY! - A character controller cover  
by Gamasutra Community [04.25.19]
An in depth look at what makes the character controller tick in HAL Laboratory's BOXBOY! This was done by "covering" the game -- you can find out what that means in this article.
Design

Video: Why you should put your name on your indie game  
by Staff [04.24.19]
Experienced indies Zach Gage & Bennett Foddy take the stage at GDC 2019 last month to discuss why indie game makers are one of the few craftspeople to not sign their work, and why that should change.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: 10 important Kickstarter hacks from an expert  
by Gamasutra Community [04.24.19]
A quick checklist of expert hacks that should help you create a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Evolving difficulty modes in survival horror - Resident Evil 2 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.24.19]
What can Hardcore Mode in Resident Evil 2 offer beyond tougher enemies and scarcer bullets? A look at how content-based difficulty rewards survival horror fans.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Building God of War's Atreus to fit with both gameplay and narrative  
by Staff [04.23.19]
Working Kratos' son Atreus into God of War complicated many aspects of development but, in the end, including him as a fully realized companion AI paid off.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Using vision as the cursor in Tethered 1
by Staff [04.23.19]
"VR offers new ways of interacting that allow us to get much closer to that mouse and pointer functionality by turning your face into a mouse pointer," says Ian Moran, technical director of Tethered.
VR, Design

XRDC returns this October, so now's the time to pitch your great AR/VR talks!  
by Staff [04.23.19]
There's no better place to be if you want to check out the latest AR/VR tech while sharing knowledge with your peers -- and now's the time to submit your pitches for talks!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Video: The making of the Xbox Adaptive Controller  
by Staff [04.22.19]
This GDC 2019 talk covers the process of designing the Xbox Adaptive Controller and how it required the Microsoft Devices team to rethink how they engineered controllers altogether.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Maintaining tension in Nex Machina 1
by Staff [04.22.19]
"We needed to cut as much of excess fat as possible and figure out what was really necessary to get the feeling you are on the "knife's edge"." - Henri Mustonen, Senior Level Designer at Housemarque.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Boldly she rode: How Heaven's Vault reinvents adventure games  
by Katherine Cross [04.22.19]
"Inkle has done something radically original here, a breath of fresh air in a game industry all but stultified by unimaginative impersonations and safe bets," says Gamasutra columnist Katherine Cross on Heaven's Vault.
Indie, Design

Blog: The morality of anti-heroes in video games 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.19]
Video game heroes are bastions of virtue admired by players far and wide - but what about villains? Why are some of us drawn to nefarious characters, and what does that say about us?
Design