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Video: 6 ways of leveraging AI to help build content for your game  
by Staff [09.19.17]
At GDC 2017, six experienced game makers from across the industry take the stage together to present six practical ways to implement AI-driven procedural content generation in games.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Designing competitive game AI the Killer Instinct way  
by Staff [09.18.17]
At GDC 2016, two of the key devs behind fighting game Killer Instinct's intriguing Shadow system share knowledge and offer tips on addressing common problems with AI in competitive games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How game communities build eSports scenes from the ground up  
by Staff [09.15.17]
At GDC 2017 qualitative sociologist T.L. Taylor digs into the history and value of eSports communities, exploring how community engagement in your game can be a form of transformative work.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Carmack's 2004 GDC talk about game dev on the bleeding edge  
by Staff [09.14.17]
13 years ago, id's John Carmack took the stage to talk about where the industry was at & what he found challenging/inspiring about making games. Video of his talk has been hard to find -- until now.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Porting a real-life castle into your game when you're broke  
by Staff [09.13.17]
Lacking funding, indie dev Joseph Azzam decided to scan an entire castle (Byblos Castle in Lebanon) with whatever equipment he could find. Surprisingly, it worked! In this GDC talk, he explains how.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: A game professor's guide to working in academia  
by Staff [09.12.17]
Developer-turned-academic Ian Schreiber takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a primer on what to expect when considered a career in academia, including a breakdown of career paths and requirements.
Serious, Student/Education, Video, Vault

Video: Writing NPCs with agency, for 80 Days and beyond  
by Staff [09.11.17]
At GDC 2016, writer and narrative designer Meg Jayanth (80 Days, Samsara) shares some best practices for writing three-dimensional, engaging NPCs that breathe life into your game narratives.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Running a post-apocalyptic indie studio  
by Staff [09.08.17]
At GDC 2017 Robert Zubek and Matthew Viglione tackled the question through the lens of their time running their own indie studio: Project Highrise and 1849 developer SomaSim.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: A game dev guide to fostering a positive community  
by Staff [09.07.17]
During the GDC 2017 Community Management Summit, Uken Games' Nick van Vugt offers tips on how to best work together with your community to combat negativity and keep players engaged and enthusiastic.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: A game dev guide to rapid prototyping for fun and profit  
by Staff [09.06.17]
At GDC 2017 game dev Mark Barrett lays out the value of rapid prototyping, showcasing how devs with limited coding, design, or artistic skills can create testable game prototypes in 30 days or less.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing Mafia III's system-driven dialogue  
by Staff [09.05.17]
At GDC 2017, Hangar 13's Remy Boicherot outlines key principles used for the relationship system with crime lieutenants, persistent characters, radio news and shows that breathe life into Mafia III.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building an indie MMO game with 70 million players  
by Staff [09.01.17]
At GDC 2017 Transformice co-creator Melanie Christin walks attendees through the 6-year journey of scaling an indie game prototype (done in 3 weeks) into a 70M-player MMO game.
Indie, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Will Wright's classic 2001 keynote on game design inspirations 1
by Staff [08.24.17]
"You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club," said Wright, reciting a famous quote from author Jack London in his lost to the Internet (until now!) 2001 GDC design keynote. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: An XCOM art director's guide to the art of pre-production  
by Staff [08.23.17]
Firaxis vet and XCOM 1 & 2 art director Greg Foertsch speaks at GDC 2017 about the art of pre-production, and how fellow devs can prepare for their next game to minimize problems down the line.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Making the music of Doom 1
by Staff [08.22.17]
At GDC 2017 composer Mick Gordon offers up a behind-the-scenes look at the compositional process, production techniques and creative philosophies that went into scoring the game.
Console/PC, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Indie dev tips on picking projects, or, 'pro strats for pre-pre-production'  
by Staff [08.17.17]
Finji Games cofounder Adam Saltsman takes the stage at GDC 2016 to give a talk about how to decide what game you should be making before you start.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Making better games through neuroscience-- and good UX  
by Staff [08.16.17]
Epic Games' Celia Hodent takes the stage at GDC 2015 to talk about how game designers can leverage neuroscience to design better games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the process (and philosophy) of animating Cuphead  
by Staff [08.15.17]
At GDC 2017, StudioMDHR's Jake Clark (an animator and designer on the game) took the stage to break down how Cuphead's vibrant visuals are created, as well as the studio's philosophy of design.
Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Making exploration rewarding in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  
by Staff [08.14.17]
Eidos Montreal's Clemence Maurer speaks at GDC 2017 about how Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's hub city of Prague was thoughtfully laid out to reward players for exploring its nooks and crannies.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Naughty Dog gets realistic performances out of animated characters  
by Staff [08.11.17]
At GDC 2017 Naughty Dog's Ryan James gets into the "chewy" details of how Naughty Dog designs, captures, and implements character narratives and performances in games like Uncharted 4.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault