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Wargroove dev demystifies game development by involving its community  
by Emma Kidwell [03.14.19]
Chucklefish founder and lead designer on Wargroove Finn Brice explains how being transparent with players during development can help demystify the process of making a game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blind Squirrel lands $5M in funding to self-publish its first game, Drifters  
by Emma Kidwell [03.14.19]
Blind Squirrel Games announced today that it has raised $5 million in funding for its first game, Drifters.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Staff [03.14.19]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Follow Gamasutra's GDC 2019 coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
GDC 2019 is just around the corner! You can follow along with up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the show all next week on this dedicated live coverage page...
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The four axes of RPG design 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.14.19]
What makes a good RPG? It's a simple question, but not one with a straightforward answer. Having designed several roleplaying games, I tackle the issue by diving the design into four distinct axes.
Design

Complete level design processes: Shaping a Cogmind experience 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.14.19]
Game dev Josh Ge offers a complete rundown of the entire process behind designing and building a new map for the world of sci-fi roguelike Cogmind, and explaining how it integrates with gameplay.
Indie, Design

Video: Recreating a classic era in automotive history in Mafia III  
by Staff [03.13.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Audio director of Hangar 13 Matt Bauer shares the detailed process the studio took to deliver authentic vehicle audio in Mafia III.
Console/PC, Design, Video

The death of Flash is exaggerated, argues one Flash developer 4
by Emma Kidwell [03.13.19]
A Flash developer discusses his thoughts around the "death of Flash".
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Take a look at the making (and marketing) of Dawn of Man  
by Bryant Francis [03.13.19]
Learn more about how Dawn of Man was built and marketed from one of the lead developers at Madrugo Works.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't miss all these great Classic Game Postmortems at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [03.13.19]
Catch these promising, in-depth game dev postmortems of the Panzer Dragoon series, Paperboy, Lemmings, and Command & Conquer at GDC 2019 next week in San Francisco!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Nintendo veterans reflect on the risks and rewards of hardware development  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.19]
"Even among our developers there are often doubts! When the Wii remote was first introduced as a concept, the reaction was: what is that? Is it real? Will it actually work?"
Console/PC, Design, Production

Come to GDC for a behind-the-scenes look at Pokemon GO's PvP combat design!  
by Staff [03.13.19]
Learn why Niantic chose to build this new PvP feature at this point in the game’s lifecycle (and what decisions were made to make the feature true to its roots in the Pokemon franchise) at GDC 2019!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Blog: The psychology of matchmaking 6
by Chris Kerr [03.13.19]
When it comes to multiplayer games (good and bad) there are always complaints from users claiming the matchmaking sucks. This post explores the psychological factors that cause this.
Design

Chat with Dawn of Man lead dev Martino Figueroa at 1PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [03.13.19]
We're talking to one of the lead designers behind Dawn of Man starting at 1PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Creating the unique visuals of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak  
by Staff [03.12.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Blackbird Interactive's Yossarian King breaks down the use of 2D simulations and 3D graphical presentations to create the visuals of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Devs share their own personal game design rules 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.19]
While there are no hard set rules to abide by in the world of game development, there are certainly a few unspoken ones to follow when making sure a game is playable (and hopefully enjoyable).
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Fellow Traveller announces online-only conference, LudoNarraCon  
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.19]
Publishing label Fellow Traveller has announced its new online-only conference LudoNarraCon, which will celebrate both developers and players of narrative-driven games. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design

See how God of War's combat evolved to match its new camera system at GDC!  
by Staff [03.12.19]
When Sony Santa Monica introduced a more intimate, player-controlled camera system in its latest God of War game it revamped the combat to match, and at GDC you'll get a meaty look at how they did it!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Inclusion in games a pressing concern for players, according to survey 1
by Chris Kerr [03.12.19]
"These findings should validate and encourage game developers to incorporate inclusive content in their games."
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How music enhances virtual presence  
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.19]
Game composer Winifred Phillips shares preparatory research from two of her upcoming lectures.
Audio, Design