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Video: Doing good user research at the end of game production  
by Staff [04.26.18]
At GDC 2015, Electronic Arts' Veronica Zammitto talks about what to do when you start testing early, and keep testing -- all the way through until the final leg of game production. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How good game design is like a magic trick  
by Staff [04.10.18]
At GDC 2018 game designer Jennifer Scheurle showcases some of her favorite examples of the ways games "trick" players, cherry-picking from the tricks and secrets she got from fellow devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Yoko Taro and Platinum Games' postmortem of Nier: Automata  
by Staff [04.03.18]
At GDC 2018, Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro and Platinum Games' Takahisa Taura took to the stage to talk a bit about how (and why) they worked together to design the game.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Tales of a video game drag queen - Making Kitty Powers' Matchmaker  
by Staff [02.07.18]
At GDC 2015 Magic Notion's Richard Franke digs into how to make a funny, inclusive dating game as he charts the development of hilarious drag queen-hosted mobile dating sim Kitty Powers' Matchmaker.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Shenmue director Yu Suzuki's classic GDC 2000 interview  
by Staff [01.08.18]
In this classic video, Shenmue director and designer Yu Suzuki appears onstage at GDC 2000 to talk frankly (with the help of an interpreter) about his unique approach to game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How multiplayer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection ran at 60 fps  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.17]
In this GDC 2015 session, Lead technical artist at Certain Affinity Bryan Moss discusses how technical artists and animators achieved running Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 60 fps.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A level designer's guide to the art of making great puzzles  
by Staff [12.19.17]
At GDC 2017 Ubisoft's Jolie Menzel shares some tips and techniques you can use create and refine puzzles that will elevate the player's experience in your levels.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

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

Video: Game dev lessons learned in making co-op board game Burgle Bros  
by Staff [12.15.17]
"Board games are software that run on people," says game designer Tim Fowers in his GDC 2017 Board Game Design Day talk about the design and development of his co-op heist board game Burgle Bros.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

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

Video: Visual designer Peter Chan shares how artists can revitalize their creativity  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.17]
In this 2014 GDC session, visual designer Peter Chan discusses how artists of all skill levels can rediscover their creative drive even in the face of adversity.
Serious, Art, Video, Vault

Video: The making of Little Inferno  
by Emma Kidwell [12.11.17]
In this 2014 GDC session, Tomorrow Corporation's Kyle Gray discusses the development process of Little Inferno.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Why real time-destruction is the core of Rainbow Six: Siege  
by Emma Kidwell [12.08.17]
In this 2016 GDC session Ubisoft's Julien L'Heureux discusses the process of developing and implementing the destruction engine Realblast into Rainbow Six: Siege.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Ride along as HBO looks back at the development of a Westworld VR installation  
by Emma Kidwell [12.07.17]
HBO's Colin Foran discusses the development of WestWorld: A Delos Experience, a room scale VR installation.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Skullgirls animator Mariel Cartwright presents a live animation demo  
by Emma Kidwell [12.06.17]
Lead Animator at Lab Zero Mariel Cartwright presents a live 2D animation demo at GDC 2015 demonstrating how the fighting game Skullgirls was animated.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Reliving the horror: Taking Resident Evil 7 forward by looking back  
by Emma Kidwell [12.05.17]
Capcom's Koshi Nakanishi and Peter Fabiano speak at GDC 2017 to discuss the new direction and development cycle of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A year's worth of lessons learned from growing a F2P mobile game  
by Staff [12.01.17]
N3twork's Ethan Levy speaks at GDC 2017 about the studio's success with its F2P mobile game Legendary: Game of Heroes, sharing the top 5 lessons its learned during 12+ months of steady growth.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Fostering consequential play by setting up setbacks in your game  
by Staff [11.30.17]
At GDC 2014 Ubisoft's Patrick Redding argues that for a game to be meaningful, players should suffer occasional setbacks that they can recover from -- and offers advice on setting up good setbacks.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Animating the spy fantasy in Splinter Cell: Blacklist  
by Staff [11.29.17]
At GDC 2014 Splinter Cell: Blacklist dev Kristjan Zadziuk offers an inside look at the game's animation pillars, the technical challenges faced by the animation team, and how they overcame them.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: All the cool prototypes shown at 2017's Experimental Gameplay Workshop  
by Staff [11.28.17]
At GDC 2017 a remarkable array of game makers gathers to showcase their innovative, offbeat, or just plain weird and wondrous game prototypes at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault