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Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

Posted by Anatoly Shestov on 12/12/18 10:05:00 am in Design, Serious
An in-depth review of making user stories as one of the main game developer tools.

Game composer Winifred Phillips presents an annual resource list for game composers. Included: game music concert tours for inspiration, communities and forums for advice, popular software tools, and conferences/academia resources for advanced learning.

Posted by Pascal Luban on 12/11/18 10:05:00 am in Design
Increasing number of games include progression trees in their core gameplay experience. The question is how to compute the values associated with each threshold. There exist three techniques. Let’s review them and assess their pros and cons.

Posted by Tommy Thompson on 12/10/18 09:44:00 am in Design, Programming, Console/PC
In part 2 of my series on The Division, I explain how the online systems manage the AI characters in-game.

How well the team works out creative differences is discernible in the end product. Quality suffers when the team cannot balance the input of many personalities. This can be tackled with a team-oriented approval process.





Posted by JohnLee Cooper on 12/13/18 11:24:00 am in Design, Programming, Console/PC, Indie
Randomness is an important aspect of games, but is often only understood at a surface level by players and designers. This article delves into the details of the properties of Pseudo Random Number Generators and how game designers can make use of them.

Posted by Lewis Denby on 12/13/18 11:20:00 am in Business/Marketing, Indie
Observations from working on 50+ indie game marketing campaigns in 2018 - and some tips for how to give your game the best chance of success in 2019.

Posted by Mars Ashton on 12/12/18 10:04:00 am in Design, Production, Serious, Indie
Anthony Bourdain was a Chef, Writer, Traveler and so much more. What did I learn after watching his shows and reading his books about making games? Everything I needed to know.

Posted by Caleb Compton on 12/12/18 10:02:00 am in Design
The Hero's Journey is one of the oldest storytelling structures in history, but is still incredibly effective. This is the first part of a series in which I look at the Hero's journey and how games can take players through this experience.

Posted by Bram Stolk on 12/12/18 09:55:00 am in Business/Marketing, Indie
This is my contribution for data-points on the Indiepocalypse. Wherein I compare my best-rated and best-selling games.

Posted by Egor Yusov on 12/11/18 10:05:00 am in Programming, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
This article introduces the problem of resource state management and synchronization in modern graphics APIs such as Direct3D12 and Vulkan and describes a solution offered by Diligent Engine.