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Crafting the mobile-friendly atmospheric storytelling of Sky: Children of the Light  
by John Harris [09.04.19]
thatgamecompany's Eileen Hollinger and Tim Nixon sat down with Gamasutra to explain how the studio's visual storytelling style plays out in Sky and how it molds meaningful multiplayer moments.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny 2
by Chris Priestman [09.03.19]
"You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Control The Knights On Bikes With Chains  
by Simon Carless [09.03.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at a whole heap of new games, including Control, Knights On Bikes, Ancestors, and Astral Chain, as well as a retrospective interview with Seaman designer Yoot Saito.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A data-driven deep dive into the 12 motivations for players  
by Staff [09.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Quantic Foundry's Nick Yee take a deep dive into 12 major player motivations, based on Quantic Foundry's survey of over 400,000 game players!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: The UX of the Overwatch role queue 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.19]
A UX analysis of the Overwatch role queue beta considering the psychology of design and usability principles.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: How painting works in Chicory: A Colorful Tale 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.19]
The following blog comes from Greg Lobanov and is an exploration into how the interesting painting mechanic works in his latest game Chicory: A Colorful Tale.
Design

IGF 2020 Inspiration: 2015 Grand Prize winner Outer Wilds!  
by Staff [08.30.19]
If you need a little inspiration as you prepare for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, consider the underdog story of Mobius Digital’s cozy space exploration game Outer Wilds!
Indie, Design, IGF

Opinion: Can World of Warcraft Classic capture the MMO's original glory? 5
by Katherine Cross [08.30.19]
Commentator Katherine Cross returns to Azeroth in World of Warcraft Classic to evaluate if it can capture the game's original magic.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: How onboarding should be applied to tutorials 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.30.19]
Tutorials are often overlooked by designers; especially indie developers, but today's post looks at how onboarding and the new player's experience is a vital part of the development process.
Design

Blog: 50 mistakes to avoid when developing an advergame 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.30.19]
This is a list of 50 mistakes businesses make when commissioning or building an advergame.
Design

GDC 2020 opens call for Summits submissions!  
by Staff [08.29.19]
Informa Tech, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference 2020, are now accepting submissions for the Summits part of the event, taking place on Monday and Tuesday of GDC week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: The pros and cons of procedural generation in Overland 3
by Staff [08.29.19]
"There are a few things that we get from procedural generation: more emergence and unpredictability, as opposed to being a roller coaster for the player to only experience the things I wanted them to feel," says dev Adam Saltsman.
Indie, Design

New allegations of sexual assault surface against established game devs
by Kris Graft [08.28.19]
Update: Several more developers have come forward with abuse allegations against other prominent men in the game industry in the wake of yesterday's accusations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: The Walt Disney Company is hiring a Game Designer  
by Staff [08.28.19]
The Disney Games & Interactive Experiences Team is seeking a Game Designer, Creative Development for the Disney and Pixar games team.
Design, Recruitment

Watch Richard Rouse III discuss the design of The Church in the Darkness  
by Bryant Francis [08.28.19]
Veteran game designer Richard Rouse III dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the underlying design of The Church in the Darkness
Console/PC, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Creating the free-flowing text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n 4
by Staff [08.28.19]
Adam Hines and Kevin Riach talk about creating the free-flowing real-time text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Chat with Church in the Darkness dev Richard Rouse III at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [08.28.19]
Join the developer of cult infiltration simulator The Church in the Darkness for a chat about hte game's design and development at 3PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Second looks at snowballing  
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.19]
Why Not Games programmer and designer Nikhil Murthy takes a deeper look at snowballing in video games.
Design

Blog: Depiction of war in games - can you do better? 11
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.19]
Bohemia Interactive Simulations design director Andrew Barron discusses differences between war in games vs war in real life and in training simulations.
Design

20 years after Seaman, Saito reflects on creativity and making new, strange things 1
by Kris Graft [08.28.19]
Two decades after the release of virtual pet oddity Seaman, the game's designer Yoot Saito answered our questions about working on the Dreamcast and making new, weird things.
Console/PC, Design