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Video: The rise and fall of Flash games -- A postmortem 1
by Staff [08.07.17]
With Flash on the way out, Kongregate's John Cooney takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a postmortem of Flash games and the Flash game dev community in general.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned from making a multiplayer VR game engine
by Staff [08.04.17]
At GDC 2017 Unity's Liz Mercuri showcases how she used new VR tools and tech to build her own engine: the Horror Engine, a multiplayer VR game engine created entirely from C++ libraries.
VR, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Peter Molyneux walks through the making of Black & White  
by Staff [08.03.17]
Looking back at this GDC 2000 keynote from Molyneux offers insight into how games were made & talked about at the turn of the millennium, as well as perspective on how the game industry has grown.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: 5 proven designers share their personal game dev tricks  
by Staff [08.01.17]
At GDC 2016, five accomplished game designers (Liz England, George Fan, Michael de Plater, Lee Perry, and Emily Short) share a favorite rule of thumb they use when designing their own games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Bending physics engines to your will for fun and profit  
by Staff [07.31.17]
At GDC 2015 QWOP creator Bennett Foddy shares tips for eliminating those dreaded 'floaty physics' without causing instabilities -- along with some weird tricks for abusing physics engines.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Dots dev offers tips on making maximum use of minimal UI
by Staff [07.28.17]
At GDC 2017 Playdots' (Dots, Two Dots) Margaret Robertson through a set of design principles that show how simple visual elements can be brought to life through thoughtful implementation.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Beyond Ageism -- Developing VR games for an older audience  
by Staff [07.26.17]
At GDC 2017 Miami University's Bob De Schutter draws from his own and third-party research with older players to discuss the potential of VR technology to entertain older audiences.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Video: (Opportunity) cost-effective marketing & PR for indie devs  
by Staff [07.25.17]
At GDC 2017 experienced indie game PR wizard Chris Dwyer gives indie devs with limited financial, mental and time budgets a few good (and more importantly efficient) marketing & PR strategies.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Animating pups, boars & other quadrupeds in The Flame in the Flood  
by Staff [07.24.17]
At GDC 2017 The Molasses Flood's Gwen Frey, sole animator on The Flame in The Flood, discusses how to rapidly generate triple-A quadruped locomotion as an indie dev.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Avoiding the scourge of 'evil data' in playtesting  
by Staff [07.21.17]
At GDC 2017, indie dev Adriaan de Jongh shares all the "evil data" he gathered in 6 years of playtesting 8 games and offers practical advice for playtesting your game effectively.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Shigeru Miyamoto's classic 1999 GDC keynote  
by Staff [07.20.17]
In this classic video, restored from the GDC archives, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto speaks to his fellow game makers as part of his keynote address at the 1999 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Video, Vault

Video: Practical tips on how (and why) to focus your indie dev career  
by Staff [07.19.17]
At GDC 2017 indie dev Jenn Sandercock breaks down how, just like a game jam theme, a set of constraints can help guide your overall career as an indie developer in the direction you want to go.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Dishonored 2 dev shares tips on holistic level design  
by Staff [07.18.17]
At GDC 2017 Arkane's Steve Lee advocates a holistic approach to level design, where LDs not only think about many aspects of a player's experience but focus on how all of these things work together.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Animating Rain World and its many squishy, stretchy creatures  
by Staff [07.17.17]
At GDC 2016, Rain World animators Joar Jakobsson and James Therrien hop onstage to present a detailed breakdown the animation process behind the visually arresting indie game.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: 6 ways of using AI in procedural content generation for games  
by Staff [07.14.17]
at GDC 2017, devs Tyler Coleman, Zach Aikman, Tanya Short, Tarn Adams, Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, and Luiz Krue share their own tricks for leveraging the power of AI in procedural generation for games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How Halo 4 achieved high-quality assets without sacrificing performance 1
by Staff [07.13.17]
At GDC 2014 Halo 4 dev Wes Grandmont III hops onstage to share valuable, practical advice on how you can squeeze the most beautiful, high-res assets into your game without sacrificing performance.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned from citizen science efforts in EVE Online  
by Staff [07.12.17]
At GDC 2017, MMOS' Attila Szantner and CCP's Bergur Finnbogason spoke at length about how they worked to integrate real science research into EVE Online as a seamless, productive experience.
Social/Online, Video, Vault

Video: Crafting the sound of No Man's Sky 1
by Staff [07.11.17]
At GDC 2017, sound designer Paul Weir breaks down how the game makes use of innovative audio tech, including a vocal modeling synthesizer plugin and a custom-built generative music system.
Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: The Hitman Go design postmortem  
by Staff [07.10.17]
At GDC 2015, Hitman GO game director Daniel Lutz delivers a postmortem analysis of the game and its unorthodox design concept: a minimalistic strategy game with diorama-style set pieces.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Art directing the procedurally-generated dystopia of We Happy Few  
by Staff [07.07.17]
Compulsion Games' Whitney Clayton speaks at GDC 2017 about research, world building, and production challenges on We Happy Few, a game set in a procedurally-generated '60 dystopian drug paradise.
Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault