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Updates » Video
How long should game devs spend working on just one game? 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.18]
"Don't fall into the trap of making a giant piece of art that earns you nothing except disappointment,” warns Shadowhand creator Jake Birkett.
Indie, Production, Video

Helping players relate to the heroine of Night in the Woods 1
by John Harris [04.05.18]
In the wake of an IGF Award win, read Night in the Woods co-creator Scott Benson's thoughts about why its feline heroine Mae feels real and relatable to an audience that has latched on to the game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video: A Mortician's Tale dev offers a fresh view of death in games  
by Staff [04.04.18]
At GDC 2018 A Mortician's Tale dev Gabby DaRienzo explores how games are innovating on death mechanics and shares some insight into how you can best explore death in your own work.
Indie, Design, Video

It's more than luck: what devs should keep in mind when creating an 'indie hit' 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.04.18]
"If you are not confident in being able to explain why the hits hit and why the others do not, you shouldn't be confident about your game's chances either," explains Ryan Clark.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

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

Opinion: Game design that's good enough to eat 2
by Katherine Cross [04.03.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross digs into Order of the Oven Mitt, a new edible game from game designer Jenn Sandercock.
Indie, Design, Video

Making a civilization-scale crafting system for Jason Rohrer's One Hour One Life 2
by Alex Wiltshire [04.02.18]
“The user interface," says developer Jason Rohrer. "Part of it is me figuring out as a solo developer, how to make a game that’s as big as all the content that’s in the real world, right?”
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video

Video: Retaining player retention in Runescape 1
by Staff [03.29.18]
In this 2015 GDC session, Jagex Game Studios' Phil Mansell discusses how designers can improve retention rates of returning players in online games by examining Runescape.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video

Opinion: Octobo wants to be your kid's best friend  
by Katherine Cross [03.29.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross checks in on the development of Octobo, a cuddly blue octopus educational toy from developer Yuting Su that's brought to life by the addition of a tablet.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: How the world of Far Cry 4 was rendered  
by Staff [03.27.18]
In this 2015 GDC session, Ubisoft Montreal's Stephen McAuley explains how the team rendered Kyrat, the world of Far Cry 4.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Video: How Watch Dogs 2 created a reactive crowd of NPCs  
by Staff [03.26.18]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Roxanne Blouin-Payer shows how the team approached emergent AI in order to populate Watch Dogs 2 with reactive characters.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

One Life Left x GDC podcast: Representation, storytelling, and war  
by Staff [03.26.18]
In the second GDC x One Life Left show, we talk about space, representation, storytelling, and war over 90 minutes of scintillating chat.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video

EA has taught an AI how to play Battlefield 1 multiplayer 5
by Chris Kerr [03.23.18]
The publisher uploaded a video showing the artificial intelligence in action, and it's interesting to watch the AI go to war across one of the game's sprawling maps. 
Console/PC, Programming, Video

One Life Left x GDC podcast: PlayerUnknown, pro wrestling, and positive death  
by Staff [03.23.18]
Gabby DaRienzo, Brendan Greene, and other incredible guests join One Life Left's Ste Curran & Ann Scantlebury & Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft as they bring the best bits of GDC 2018 to you.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video, GDC

The making of Dark Castle: An excerpt from The Secret History of Mac Gaming 3
by Richard Moss [03.22.18]
Gamasutra contributor Richard Moss tells the story of how seminal Mac game Dark Castle was made (including how the devs basically invented voice acting) in this chapter from his new book.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, History, Video

SimCity creator Will Wright's new game will harvest your memories 3
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
"This is a game where we actually uncover the hidden you, your subconscious, your inner-Id, and bring it to the surface and bring it to life so you can interact with it."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC

Google Play is launching download-free instant games  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Google Play Instant is currently in closed beta. The company hopes that the friction-free download option will bolster the power of social shares and marketing campaigns.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Microsoft launches DirectX Raytracing to streamline real-time rendering 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Microsoft has introduced four new concepts to the DirectX 12 API that aim to give developers entirely new rendering options and bridge the gap between commonly used rasterization techniques.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, GDC

Video: How SimCity's sandbox was built  
by Emma Kidwell [03.16.18]
In this 2013 GDC talk, Maxis' Dan Moskowitz explains how SimCity's sandbox was built.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Chat with Ubisoft senior producer Nouredine Abboud at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [03.16.18]
We're talking to the senior producer of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands today at 3PM EDT. Come ask your questions!
Console/PC, Production, Video