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Video: Owlboy dev shares advice on staying motivated -- and inspired 1
by Staff [05.26.17]
At GDC 2017, D-Pad's Simon S. Andersen speaks about the trials and triumphs the team faced on their nearly decade-long dev cycle, offering fellow devs advice on how to get -- and stay -- inspired.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A postmortem of Ska Studios' Salt & Sanctuary  
by Staff [05.25.17]
Ska Studios' Michelle and James Silva speak at GDC 2017 about their journey to releasing Salt & Sanctuary, a 2.5D Souls-alike that was self-published across multiple platforms.
Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Designing Chair Entertainment's Shadow Complex  
by Staff [05.24.17]
At GDC 2010, Chair cofounders Donald and Jeremy Mustard speak openly about the pitfalls they encountered and the solutions they implemented while designing the seminal 'Metroidvania' Shadow Complex.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Slime Rancher succeeds through emergent storytelling  
by Staff [05.23.17]
At GDC 2017, Monomi Park chief Nick Popovich speaks at length about the "secret sauce" that helped Slime Rancher's slimes capture so many players' hearts: the stories they helped the player tell.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned making Ark: Survival Evolved in Early Access  
by Staff [05.22.17]
At GDC 2017, Studio Wildcard's Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak speak at length about Ark: Survival Evolved's dev strategy for Early Access on Steam, as well as Xbox and PlayStation 4.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: We failed at publishing competitive games so you don't have to  
by Staff [05.19.17]
At the GDC 2017 eSports Day Iron Galaxy chief Dave Lang showcases how the company tried (and mostly failed) to form a "competitive games" publishing label, sharing lessons learned along the way.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How Ensemble Studios crafted the terrain of Halo Wars  
by Staff [05.18.17]
In this classic GDC 2009 talk, former Ensemble Studios developer Colt McAnlis provides a programming-driven look at how the studio built terrain for a console strategy game like Halo Wars.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing conflict & high-tension moments in 'Secret Hitler'  
by Staff [05.17.17]
As part of GDC 2017's Board Game Design Day, dev Mike Boxleiter offers a postmortem look at his work co-designing Secret Hitler, a Kickstarted tabletop game with some interesting social mechanics.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Composing the music and sound of Hyper Light Drifter  
by Staff [05.16.17]
At GDC 2017, audio wizards Akash Thakkar and Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace) opened up about how they found the right soundscape for Hyper Light over the course of 3 years and countless revisions.
Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Building Beauclair for The Witcher 3's Blood and Wine DLC  
by Staff [05.15.17]
At GDC 2017 CD Projekt Red's Kacper Niepokolczycki breaks down the process of creating the digital city of Beauclair, capital city of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Blood & Wine DLC.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Breaking down procedural narrative generation  
by Staff [05.12.17]
At GDC 2017, NC State researchers Chris Martens and Rogelia Cardona-Rivera took a look at the tools game dev can use to balance structure and spontaneity and create unique, procedural narratives.
Design, Video, Vault

Video: What AR/VR game devs can (and should) learn from MMOs  
by Staff [05.10.17]
At GDC 2017, veteran online game designer Raph Koster gives an intriguing talk about what lessons (social, ethical, and design) AR and VR game makers can learn from studying MMO games.
VR, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: A classic game postmortem for Yoot Saito's Seaman  
by Staff [05.09.17]
At GDC 2017, Yutaka "Yoot" Saito spoke at length about his work creating Seaman, a game that left an indelible mark on the fabric of both the game industry and pop culture at large.
Console/PC, Video, Vault

Video: Style through economy -- a game dev guide to low-poly modeling  
by Staff [05.03.17]
Low-poly 3D is more than just a time-saver: At GDC 2017, game developer and artist Ethan Redd shares tips and advice on crafting a visually striking low-poly game.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Raw Data devs share lessons learned from Early Access  
by Staff [05.02.17]
At GDC 2017, Survios' Chris Hewish and Mike McTyre take the stage and break down the technological and artistic challenges they faced during development of the popular VR shooter Raw Data.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Game design lessons you can learn from studying escape rooms 1
by Staff [05.01.17]
At GDC 2017, experienced escape room designer Laura E. Hall reveals design fundamentals and structures necessary for creating immersive real-world experiences like escape rooms or immersive theater.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Conveying character via first-person animations in Overwatch  
by Staff [04.28.17]
At GDC 2017 Blizzard's Matthew Boehm breaks down how to convey a sense of character in a first-person game. It comes down to answering tricky questions like: How would McCree reload a revolver?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Rendering the striking visuals of Capybara's Below  
by Staff [04.26.17]
Capybara Games' Colin Weick speaks at GDC 2017 about the techniques used to achieve high visual fidelity in the context of the simplified yet dense aesthetic of the studio's upcoming roguelike Below.
Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned in making Madden more visually accessible  
by Staff [04.25.17]
At GDC 2017, EA's Karen Stevens explains how the Madden dev team had come up with some novel solutions to make the game more visually accessible -- in many cases without modifying in-game assets.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Game localization shenanigans in the Chinese-speaking world  
by Staff [04.24.17]
At GDC 2017, IGDShare organizer and experienced localizer Jung-Sheng Lin tries to help devs avoid calamity by running down some of the potential pitfalls of localizing for the Chinese-speaking world.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault