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Features » Design
Harnessing the power of motion control in video games 1
by Mike Rose [10.30.13]
A variety of developers with plenty of experience in the field of motion controls give Gamasutra insight into how studios should go about tackling the space. Devices discussed include Kinect, Leap Motion and PlayStation Move.
Design, Console/PC, Advanced Input and Output

How Tale of Tales lets creativity, collaboration rule game development  
by Christian Nutt [10.16.13]
In this interview, conducted shortly after GDC Europe concluded, Tale of Tales discuss letting creativity and collaboration rule game development while leaving behind the ties to the games that inspired them in the past.
Design, Art, Interview, Indie

Postmortem: DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 6
by Chris Harvey [09.23.13]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed PlayStation Network Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

A New Pokémon for a New Era 9
by Christian Nutt [09.19.13]
Pokémon X and Y launches next month, and Gamasutra speaks to director Junichi Masuda about the encroachment of smartphones, changing player habits, and staying inspired 18 years on.
Design, Interview, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Puppeteer: A macabre fairy tale game made 'the Japanese way' 9
by Christian Nutt [09.10.13]
British ex-pat and 10-year Sony Japan Studio studio veteran Gavin Moore, director of Puppeteer, discusses why Japanese developers deserve respect, and how console games are turning off audiences and creators both.
Design, Console/PC

Animal Crossing's Strange, Unresolved Conflict 7
by Ian Bogost [09.05.13]
While some are learning about the peculiar pleasure of Animal Crossing thanks to the series’ latest release on Nintendo 3DS, the game has long charmed and puzzled players and critics. Game designer, critic and academic Ian Bogost takes a look back at the 2002 original GameCube version.
Design

Designing local multiplayer games for microconsoles  
by Leigh Alexander [08.30.13]
Gamasutra talks to developers who've brought games to Ouya and other venues about designing for a communal, local multiplayer experience, with particular attention to the microconsole space.
Design, Smartphone/Tablet, Microconsole

Grunge, Grrrls and Video Games: Turning the dial for a more meaningful culture 135
by Leigh Alexander [08.16.13]
The grunge music movement usurped the big-haired incumbents during the 1990s. Will a similar supersession play out in the culture of video games? Leigh Alexander offers thought-provoking commentary, originally presented at the Nine Worlds Convention in the UK.
Business/Marketing, Design

Getting from Modern War to the Future of Video Games 5
by Christian Nutt [08.14.13]
A conversation with Splinter Cell Blacklist creative director Maxime Béland and lead writer Richard Dansky about how triple-A creatives struggle to tell meaningful stories in a difficult medium.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Console/PC

Going Platinum: Bayonetta 2, combat design and the Nintendo angle 2
by Christian Nutt [08.06.13]
Director Yusuke Hashimoto and producer Atsushi Inaba are determined to make Bayonetta 2 better than the original -- and talk about working with Nintendo, combat design, and what being an independent developer means.
Design, Console/PC