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Video: Writing and designing Star Trek: Bridge Crew for VR  
by Staff [05.17.19]
In this talk from GDC 2017, Red Storm Entertainment's Jay Posey shares his experience as lead writer and senior designer developing Ubisoft's VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
VR, Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

'Herd' is the word: Developing the Pikmin-inspired The Wild at Heart  
by Aron Garst [05.17.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Moonlight Kids, who aim to expand on the ideas of Nintendo's Pikmin and add their own twist to "herd-like" game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How RimWorld found success through ridiculous, contrarian design 1
by Staff [05.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester looks at how it was designed not as a game, but as a story generator, and how its crazy, ridiculous design found surprising success.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

A peek at the design process behind Astro Bot Rescue Mission  
by Alissa McAloon [05.16.19]
The PlayStation Blog's latest developer interview offers a look at the creation of the PlayStation VR platformer Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
VR, Console/PC, Design

Blog: Peeping under the hood of a rhythm game in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [05.16.19]
Quick guide to some of the programming that goes into creating a rhythm game. The article uses Unity to build a game, but the principles could be applied to most engines.
Programming, Design

Exploring the potential of 'metroidvania' design in Supraland  
by Aron Garst [05.16.19]
The "metroidvania" genre has been around for decades, but has it sufficiently evolved over the years? David Münnich, developer on Supraland, thinks more can be done to get the most out of metroidvania design.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Lessons of game design learned from Super Mario Maker 3
by Staff [05.15.19]
Super Mario Maker has been a real eye-opener when it comes to game design, and I wanted to share some tips I've learned after designing and playing custom levels.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Lessons learned in making This War of Mine and Frostpunk  
by Staff [05.15.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, 11 bit studios' Przemyslaw Marszal and Michal Drozdowski explain their unique approach of the design and development processes behind Frostpunk and This War of Mine.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Dealing with China's ban on blood in video games 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.15.19]
Game devs used to be able to skirt Chinese bans on blood in video games in a simple manner, make blood any color but red, and you were good to go. New rules have banned this workaround. What now?
Design, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: The Talking Tom team's 5 tips for building a 'super' endless runner  
by Outfit7 Limited [05.15.19]
Talking Tom Hero Dash developer Outfit7 Limited digs into the question of "what's next?" for the endless runner genre and offers advice to developers working in a similar space.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Watch A Plague Tale's lead devs break down their rat-ridden game 1
by Bryant Francis [05.15.19]
Two of the lead developers on A Plague Tale: Innocence drop by to discuss their game-making process.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chat with the developers of A Plague Tale: Innocence at 12PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [05.15.19]
The developers of A Plague Tale: Innocence are taking your questions starting at 12PM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: The challenges of teamwork and game design  
by Gamasutra Community [05.15.19]
Designing games in a team is a huge challenge. Despite the fact that we try to follow the same universal principles of design theory, we often disagree. So, what can we do to overcome our differences?
Design, Production

Don't Miss: Animating the spy fantasy in Splinter Cell: Blacklist  
by Staff [05.14.19]
Splinter Cell: Blacklist dev Kristjan Zadziuk offers an inside look at the game's animation pillars, the technical challenges faced by the animation team, and how they overcame them.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Video: The making of Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2  
by Staff [05.14.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Larian Studios' Swen Vincke takes a look at all the strategies employed to make Divinity: Original Sin 2 a better game than Divinity: Original Sin, and how they worked out.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Epic bolsters Unreal Engine with Twinmotion acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
Epic has announced its new version of Twinmotion will be absolutely free to download and use for all customers until November 2019.
Design, Production

Blog: We're looking at accessibility all wrong  
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.19]
Here are some explicit strategies in how to design accessibility into your game's core, and all the different ways you'll benefit from doing so.
Design

When grinding is fun: Forager's compelling approach to 'idle game' design 1
by Jupiter Hadley, Kris Graft [05.14.19]
Mariano "Hopfrog" Cavallero's hit Steam game Forager mashes adventure and crafting elements with the relaxing appeal of idle games. Here's how he made Forager an "idle game that you want to actively keep playing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: How Monster Hunter: World's director breathed new life into the game 1
by Staff [05.13.19]
"The most appealing aspect of...new hardware was its memory & processing power," says game director Yuyu Tokuda. "Without this, the rich, living ecosystem we envisioned...would not have been possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design