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Updates » Design
Blog: Why do you need a UX style guide? 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.31.18]
Is it just me, or are UX Playbooks, UX Pattern Libraries, UX Style guides not talked about and incorporated as often as UI style guides or brand style guides?
Design

Blog: An explorable explanation on how to make a good puzzle
by Gamasutra Community [08.31.18]
Puzzles are everywhere, but just how do you make a good puzzle -- one that's fun, and satisfying to solve? I'll explain this using playable levels from Sokoban in this interactive article.
Design

Tuning Dead Cells to appeal to players both fast and slow  
by Carli Velocci [08.31.18]
“It took one year -- a little bit less than one year -- and we switched it from a totally different [game] to this action platformer," says designer Sébastien Bénard in this Dead Cells dev rumination.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

How Mulaka reflects a culturally respectful development process  
by emma kidwell [08.30.18]
The Mulaka developers discuss how communicating with members of the Tarahumara community, whose folk lore inspired the game, helped portray an accurate representation of their culture.
Indie, Design

Get a job: InnoGames is hiring a Sr. UI Designer for a new mobile game  
by Staff [08.30.18]
InnoGames is looking for a UI designer to create attentive and thoughtful user interfaces for one of its upcoming mobile games wit ha strong focus on user experience and navigation.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Punishing difficulty conveys a personal story in The End is Nigh 1
by Staff [08.30.18]
"As The End is Nigh unfolded, it became a story about my personal struggle with game development, my obsession with my work, and how it affects my family."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Where's my money, dude? Or 'divvying up the loot' 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.30.18]
It's time to discuss the role of good Steam page design, dedicated community engagement, regional restrictions, third party distribution, distributors, and alternative open platform options.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Submissions for GDC 2019 Summits are now open!  
by Staff [08.30.18]
The wait is over: the call for submissions is now open for GDC 2019’s Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, & Game Career Seminar through October 5th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Zachtronics devs discuss the essence of cyberpunk in Exapunks  
by Bryant Francis [08.29.18]
We talked to the lead developers of Exapunks to learn about the true essence of Cyberpunk game design.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Overcoming AR design challenges with HoloLens  
by Staff [08.29.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, AR designer Bart Trzynadlowski discusses the design and technical challenges of augmented reality after a year of game prototype development on Microsoft's HoloLens platform.
VR, Design, Video

Bethesda's Pete Hines: 'I have banned the word replayable because that's not a feature' 6
by emma kidwell [08.29.18]
Bethesda's Pete Hines discusses the company's position on single-player experiences and choosing to play Fallout 76 solo.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Wargaming, Cloud Imperium Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [08.29.18]
Those companies and more are looking for designers, engineers, artists, and devs from a variety of other disciplines right now on the Gamasutra Job Board!
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Spelunky and why it's okay for game designers to be mean 13
by Staff [08.29.18]
"Spelunky may be another example of why imminently-attainable and generous rewards aren't always the ideal recipe for design success."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

We're playing Exapunks with Zach Barth starting at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.29.18]
We're talking to the lead developer of hacking simulator Exapunks starting at 3PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

XRDC speaker Q&A: Douglas North Cook explores the boundaries of VR  
by Bryant Francis [08.29.18]
Doug North Cook will be joining a panel of design experts at XRDC 2018 to discuss more about his work.
VR, Design

Blog: How Love Balls became a viral smash hit  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.18]
Minimalist physics game Love Balls managed to reach the overall #1 slot on the App Store in over 60 countries. We dissected it to understand how.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: What developers should expect from design tests  
by Staff [08.28.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Studio Gobo's Peter Buchardt discusses best practices when taking design tests to help young designers land careers in a field they love.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Why Donut County changed halfway through development  
by Emma Kidwell [08.28.18]
Donut County was finally released today after six years in development-- but it was originally supposed to be an entirely different game.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Creating the 30 different control schemes of Edith Finch 1
by Staff [08.28.18]
How the indie game company Giant Sparrow created 30 richly varied control schemes for What Remains of Edith Finch using only the analog sticks and one trigger button.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Come to XRDC for a postmortem look at the making of Beat Saber!  
by Staff [08.28.18]
Built by 3 devs working remotely, Beat Saber's success proves you don't need outside funding, a big budget, or a large team to make a great VR game. Attend XRDC in October to find out how they did it!
VR, Design, Production