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Updates » Production
GDC Q&A: Astroneer's Veronica Peshterianu on success as a team's first producer  
by Staff [12.19.17]
Veronica Peshterianu is a producer at System Era Softworks and will be speaking about her work at GDC 2018. Here, she shares a bit about herself, her work, and why producers are so important.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Attend GDC 2018 for real talk about partnership from the Darkest Dungeon devs  
by Staff [12.19.17]
Red Hook cofounders Tyler Sigman & Chris Bourassa will reveal how sharing almost every major decision, from business to staffing to product development, can be alternately wonderful and maddening!
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: What makes players cry? 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.19.17]
The article is a response to a Twitter thread asking players and developers about games that made them cry (from grief or from joy). Using the data collected, the article analyses which games made them cry and why.
Production, Business/Marketing

Call for blogs: We want to know your top games of 2017  
by Staff [12.19.17]
We want to know which games left an impression on you this year and excelled in terms of art, design, and technical achievement.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A practical game dev guide for doing ethical playtesting  
by Staff [12.18.17]
At GDC 2017 Concrdia University's Mia Consalvo delivers a fascinating talk about the need for (and demands of) ethical playtesting standards in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Gamasutra's Best of 2017: Kris Graft's top 10 games 2
by Kris Graft [12.18.17]
A common thread running through a lot of my picks, now that I’ve had time to reflect, is that the best games teach me how to speak with them.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2017: Environment art isn't about 'making pretty things'...so, what's it about? 7
by Jason Hickey [12.18.17]
Jason Hickey, lead environment artist on Insomniac Games' upcoming Spider-Man offers practical tips about what it takes to be a great environment artist -- and no, it's not all about making pretty things.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Blog: How to avoid going crazy while developing your indie game 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.18.17]
Developing indie games can be a harrowing experience. So, here are a few things to keep in mind if you're an indie who's keen to cling to their sanity.
Production

Blog: Practical tips for organising setting docs for narrative games 2
by Chris Kerr [12.18.17]
"The struggle to keep documentation useful is the struggle of Ra with the serpent Apep. There is no enduring victory; but if you cease to make the effort, then darkness covers everything."
Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dance, Dance Aztarac!  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.18.17]
This installment of Video Game Deep Cuts includes pieces about the death and rebirth of Dance Dance Revolution, the resurrection of gorgeous vector arcade game Aztarac after its creator's death, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's combat system 2
by Staff [12.15.17]
This classic article initially appeared in the December 2003 issue of Game Developer magazine, and offers a fascinating look back at how BioWare designed combat for its standout Star Wars RPG.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Autodesk is discontinuing its Stingray game dev engine 7
by Alissa McAloon [12.15.17]
Autodesk is backing away from its Stingray game development engine and will halt its sale on January 7, 2018, though the engine will still be distributed to Maya LT subscribers.
Production

Blog: Making Boss 101 and living our dreams 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.17]
Boss 101 was our first game as a team but not my first game in the industry. I take a look at what got me to Boss 101, and the ups and downs of moving from big games to indie development.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Here's what I learned from two game launches 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.17]
Despite getting front page exposure on Steam our launch for Political Animals didn't go well, but our second game sold almost three times as many units without a Steam feature. Why?
Production

Video: Capy Games' Super Time Force and the paradox of time travel  
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.17]
In this 2014 GDC session Capy Games' technical director Kenneth Yeung discusses the game design difficulties of time manipulation in Super Time Force.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Minecraft was the reason the Mirai botnet was created 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.17]
Wired recently published a piece interviewing several people who were involved in analyzing and investigating the Mirai botnet malware, which had roots in Minecraft server hacking.
Social/Online, Production

GDC Speaker Q&A: Ubisoft devs discuss the development of For Honor  
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.17]
Ubisoft's Damien Kieken and Roman Campos will be at GDC 2018 to present the talk 'For Honor': From a Great Launch to a Challenging Live Period.
Console/PC, Production

Blog: How I made a Game Boy game in 2017 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.17]
What does it take to release a new game cartridge for the Game Boy in 2017? Here's my experience, with a lot of details on the tools I used and the challenges I faced.
Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - Can an old dog learn new tricks?
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.17]
Animal Crossing introduced appointment mechanics and short session gameplay to the mainstream over a decade ago. So what can the grandfather of simulation games teach us about game design?
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Blog: Breathing new life into the strategy genre  
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.17]
Studio Chahut game director and programmer Gabriel Wink explained how the team produced a full-on strategy game.
Production