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Defender's Quest: By the Numbers, Part 2 22
by Lars Doucet [02.20.13]
Indie developer Lars Doucet takes us back for another look at how his game has performed now that it's received a massive update and, in the process, landed on stores like Steam and GOG, detailing both his gross revenue and what, on the developer's end, goes into generating those numbers.
Business/Marketing, Design, Indie

Proteus: A Trio of Artisanal Game Reviews 27
by Ian Bogost [02.15.13]
What is Proteus? How can it be appreciated? Setting aside the ongoing debate on whether or not it's a game, Noted academic and developer Ian Bogost here presents three reviews as three lenses through which to approach and appreciate it.
Design

The Rise of the Mobile Collectible Card Game 14
by Christian Nutt [02.14.13]
Rage of Bahamut was a surprise smash hit -- and brought the collectible card game to prominence on mobile. But is it just a fad, or does it have sticking power? DeNA, Ngmoco, Gree, Konami, and Cygames weigh in.
Design, Interview, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Storyboarding for Games User Research 5
by Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Lennart Nacke [02.13.13]
You can do user testing, and that can generate massive volumes of data -- but how can you feed that data back down to the team in a helpful way? Game user researchers Mirza-Babaei and Nacke discuss a useful storyboarding technique.
Design

The Writer's Job: If Breaking Bad Became a Game... 24
by Susan O'Connor [02.12.13]
In this article, experienced game writer Susan O'Connor explores what a writer brings to the creative process, by analyzing hit TV series Breaking Bad -- as though she were in the kick-off meeting for its game adaptation.
Design

Postmortem: zGames' Pong World 5
by Chris Howard, Tanya Aulachynskaya, Artyom Vorobyov [02.11.13]
What does it take to build a winning mobile game -- literally? This postmortem details the development of Pong World, the game that won Atari's Pong Indie Developer Challenge contest, with a focus on practical solutions in mobile game development.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Beyond MUDs: Kate Flack on Designing Ultima Forever 7
by Brandon Sheffield [02.08.13]
Can moral choices actually teach us about who we are, and can online RPGs ever break the bounds of text-based MUDs? Lead designer Kate Flack hopes that the answers to both of these questions are "yes," as she discusses the latest Ultima game with Gamasutra.
Design, Interview, Social/Online

Postmortem: Intelligence Engine Design Systems' City Conquest 25
by Paul Tozour [02.06.13]
A candid and detailed look at the difficulties one team encountered when developing a mobile and tablet-based strategy game -- including everything from problems with Kickstarter to networking code, and how some difficulties were solved with automation.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Developer Roundtable: Triple-A, Free-to-Play 7
by Patrick Miller, David Daw [02.04.13]
In this Game Developer magazine reprint, find out how free-to-play games Tribes: Ascend, PlanetSide 2, and MechWarrior Online are making inroads into core PC audiences -- and how their developers view working in the space.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Social/Online

Accessible Strategy is not an Oxymoron: Design Pillars for Skulls of the Shogun 15
by Jake Kazdal, Borut Pfeifer [02.01.13]
How did the developers of the new indie strategy game strive to break the bounds of the strategy genre? In this article, 17-Bit's Jake Kazdal and Borut Pfeifer break down the decisions that lead to the design choices they made.
Design, Indie