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Video: How to save game history forever -- or doom it to oblivion 1
by Staff [07.21.15]
"Games. Have. Historical. Value. If you don't think games have historical value, everything I say is gonna be a guy talking about stuff you don't care about," says archivist Jason Scott at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Deconstructing the hand-crafted art and design of Gorogoa  
by Staff [07.20.15]
Indie Jason Roberts speaks at GDC 2014 about how he built Gorogoa to be solvable no matter what language you speak by designing it to rely on players' natural discovery in lieu of guided tutorials.
Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Satoru Iwata - Disrupting Development  
by Staff [07.16.15]
"Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone," says late Nintendo president in this 2006 GDC keynote speech, delivered as the Wii was about to shake up the industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Applying human evolutionary psychology to game design  
by Staff [07.16.15]
Why are survival games so popular? At GDC 2014, Crypt of the NecroDancer dev Ryan Clark explores how we evolved as humans, why we want the things we want, and how that affects the way we play games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Iwata recalls developing DS and disrupting the industry  
by Staff [07.14.15]
At GDC 2006, Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata speaks about how Nintendo found great success by designing its DS console and games for a diverse audience, including people who didn't typically play games.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Satoru Iwata's 'Heart Of A Gamer' keynote at GDC 2005  
by Staff [07.13.15]
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer," began Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in this seminal GDC 2005 keynote speech.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Women share their #1ReasonToBe in games at GDC 2015 1
by Staff [07.10.15]
Watch the triumphant GDC 2015 return of one of the event's most popular and positive sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How modding made Bethesda better  
by Staff [07.09.15]
At GDC 2015, Bethesda's Joel Burgess speaks passionately about the historical and modern relevance of modding, as well demonstrating the many positive ways in which modding has influenced his studio.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Innovating interactive fiction with 80 Days' Jon Ingold 1
by Staff [07.07.15]
At GDC 2015 Inkle co-founder Jon Ingold explains how the outfit's design strategies evolved to produce games like 80 Days, and how it successfully fields interactive fiction games on mobile devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Making games about rich experiences, not addiction  
by Staff [07.06.15]
At the GDC 2014 'Rant Apocalypse" session, academic and author Heather Chaplin delivers an argument against game developers modelling the games they make to take advantage of addictive behavior.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Other Ocean made #IDARB (and you can too!)  
by Staff [07.02.15]
As part of the GDC 2015 Game Career Seminar's 'Micromortems' session, Other Ocean's Mike Mika and Frank Cifaldi playfully break down the design process of their hit multiplayer game #IDARB.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A design retrospective of Civilization: Beyond Earth  
by Staff [07.01.15]
Civlization: Beyond Earth leads David McDonough and Will Miller reveal how they took evolved the perennially popular civilization-building game for humanity's possible future on an alien planet.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How Disney designs VR experiences for themeparks  
by Staff [06.30.15]
Walt Disney Imagineering was one of the original VR pioneers in the late 1980s, and at GDC 2015 Imagineer Bei Yang shared lessons learned from 20 years of crafting VR experiences.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: The physics of proper pole control in Super Pole Riders 1
by Staff [06.29.15]
At GDC 2015, Bennett Foddy talks about the problems he faced in designing the physics of the pole-vaulting and ball-kicking mechanics in his fiendish multiplayer game Super Pole Riders.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Bungie built the technology to render Destiny 1
by Staff [06.26.15]
At GDC 2015, Bungie's Natalya Tatarchuk cracks open the renderer Bungie developed for its striking, open-world cross-platform shooter Destiny to show fellow developers how it works.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Video, Vault

Video: An art direction autopsy of Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown  
by Staff [06.25.15]
At GDC 2013, XCOM: Enemy Unknown art director Greg Foertsch digs into the art design process of doing a big-budget remake of a seminal title like the original X-COM: UFO Defense.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Dealing with feedback while making deeply personal games  
by Staff [06.23.15]
Developer Nina Freeman takes the stage at GDC 2015 to talk about making 'personal' games like How Do You Do It? -- and how to handle player feedback on these highly personal experiences.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Reimagining a classic game as Bennett Foddy's Speed Chess  
by Staff [06.17.15]
Game designer Bennett Foddy (QWOP, GIRP) tries to reshape the game of kings to be more to his liking at GDC 2014. "On your mark, get set...CHESS!"
Video, Vault

Video: Deconstructing the animation of Ori and the Blind Forest  
by Staff [06.16.15]
James Benson takes the stage at GDC 2015 to break down how he went about animating Moon Studios' Ori & The Blind Forest in a Ghibli-esque style with limited time, people and personal experience.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Larian's lessons learned making Divinity: Original Sin 3
by Staff [06.12.15]
Studio founder Swen Vencke speaks to Larian's experience of becoming an independent, self-publishing company after 15 years of working with publishers in this Divinity: Original Sin postmortem.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault