An Alternative to Achievements76 by Keith Burgun[01.25.13]
Are achievements really good for your game? Could there be a better alternative? Designer Keith Burgun examines the very concept at its core, looking at how they're used, how they might be used in the future, and how they might even change totally -- for the better.
Focusing Creativity: RPG Genres53 by Jordane Thiboust[01.24.13]
What defines your RPG experience? This article, written out of research undertaken while in preproduction for a next generation title, helpfully delineates the essential ingredients for each type of RPG -- and what should be included, and excluded, from a title in these sub-genres.
Understanding Challenge12 by Chad Kilgore[01.08.13]
What is challenge? Day 1 Studios (F.E.A.R. 3) technical designer and Iowa State University instructor Chad Kilgore examines the types of challenge that games present to players, putting them into a usable framework.
The Surprising Design of Crusader Kings II8 by Rowan Kaiser[01.06.13]
Though Paradox has been delivering niche strategy game sfor years, its latest has been a surprise hit, thanks to its design -- allowing for emerging scenarios based on the opinions of the characters in the game. Gamasutra speaks to project lead Henrik Fåhraeus to find out more.