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Leveraging physical animation to sell Force powers in Jedi: Fallen Order  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Every Star Wars fan has dreamed of being a Jedi. But what is it about becoming a monk-like guardian of peace and justice that's so damn appealing? It's force powers. The answer is always force powers.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Inside the twisting, turning development of Hardspace: Shipbreaker 1
by Alex Wawro [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer Blackbird Interactive’s Rory McGuire and Elliot Hudson reveal how the studio came up with a great original game idea and, through some hard pivots, turned it into Hardspace: Shipbreaker.
Indie, Production, GDC

Using emotion to drive social play in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Thatgamecompany 'feel engineer' John Hughes explains how emotion drives the social play at the core of Sky: Children of the Light
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.' 
Console/PC, Production, GDC

To jumpstart creativity or your game dev career, focus on finishing something 1
by Alex Wawro [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer today Tribe Games founder Charles McGregor shared anecdotes and practical advice to help would-be game devs go pro or keep their passion for game-making hot. His top tip? Ship something.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Don't Miss: What went right (and wrong) during the development of Spider-Man (2002) 3
by Staff [08.05.20]
In this reprint from the August 2002 issue of Game Developer magazine, Spider-Man dev Jamie Fristrom (Energy Hook) writes about what went right and what went wrong with the game's development process.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Culture, advocacy, and trust: Building the foundations for a successful QA team  
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.20]
QA is a vital part of the game development process, but, as Private Division executive producer Kari Toyama explains in her GDC Summer talk, QA’s contributions and even presence is often underappreciated.
Programming, Production, GDC

Blog: Tips for maximizing the performance of your Unity game - Part 2 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.05.20]
Game designer and Street Lamp Games co-founder Mahesh Athirala offers some practical tips for boosting the performance of your Unity project.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How System Era overcame creative paralysis to fix Astroneer's crafting system  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.20]
System Era designer Aaron Biddlecom and gameplay programmer Elijah O'Rear explain how they mined their own game design to invigorate Astroneer's "flat" crafting system.
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

New AbleGamers program aims to educate devs & foster a more inclusive industry  
by Alissa McAloon [08.04.20]
AbleGamers has announced a new initiative that aims to make its Accessible Player Experience Practitioner (APXP) course and the knowledge contained within more accessible to marginalized game developers.
Design, Production, GDC

Video: Creating Dr. Grordbort's Invaders for Magic Leap One  
by Staff [07.31.20]
In this 2019 VRDC talk Weta's James Everett discusses the process of creating the striking Dr. Grordbort's Invaders game for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset.
VR, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How King's attempt to implement Pixar's brain trust model went wrong  
by Staff [07.30.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk King's Stephen Jarrett and Bob Woodburn explain how King tried to implement a similar system to Pixar's Brain Trust called the Product Champions -- and how it all went wrong.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Has your game got 'juice'? (& more!)  
by Simon Carless [07.30.20]
A lot of this good feeling in game trailers and gameplay is related to polish, juice and game feel - so let's explore how it works for discoverability! (And more besides!)
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Private Division signs publishing deals with Ori dev Moon Studios and others  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.20]
Take-Two Interactive's publishing label Private Division has signed three new publishing deals with developers Moon Studios, Roll7, and League of Geeks.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Using emergent systems to improve interactive storytelling 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.20]
In this post I point out narratological limitations within games and suggest possible solutions, based on my research and my experimental project Fabula Persona.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: StarCraft II and the art of single-player storytelling 17
by Staff [07.27.20]
Writer Tom Cross parses out the complex blend of narrative and gameplay elements in StarCraft II for Gamasutra -- how are the characters and conversation related to the gameplay, and does it work well?
Console/PC, Production

Huuuge Games has acquired Bow Land developer Double Star  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.20]
Huuuge Games has acquired Finnish games studio Double Star for an undisclosed fee, according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: The powerful debugging features of Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.20]
Yacht Club Games' David D'Angelo dives deep into the development tools and tricks that rapidly bring their games from concept to reality.
Indie, Programming, Production

Blog: Stay at home development and family management  
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.20]
Randy Forsyth gives us his true family and parenting stories as a stay at home professional full time game developer.
Production