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Adding female Kerbals: The art iteration process  
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
"After overcoming all the challenges that the design exposed, Val felt like an already member of the Kerbal Universe. She become, as stated at the beginning of the post, more than polygons and textures."
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Postmortem of the jam process: Looking back at our Ludum Dare meetup 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
"Why would we have a real-world meeting for a game jam that prides itself in being online? The short answer is that a real-world gathering provides a number of distinct advantages."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Design 101: Complexity vs. depth 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
"You might be seriously worried that the game simply wonít be deep enough to meet your design goals without the added complexity. Thatís a valid concern. Not once have I ended up adding the complexity back in."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Sunset: Not that seventies style 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
Tale of Tales' Michael Saymn writes about capturing the style of a decade through reference material -- not just visual, but political and cultural -- in Sunset.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 8
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Be a Cinematic Artist for Telltale Games  
by Staff [05.22.15]
The studio responsible for (among other things) Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are aiming to hire a cinematic artist to join the team at Telltale's San Rafael, CA office. There will be a test.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow Exclusive GDMag Exclusive 6
by Toru Iwatani [05.22.15]
35 years ago today, Namco released Pac-Man in Japan and jumpstarted a new age of game development. In this classic 2005 Game Developer Magazine feature, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani explains how.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

Who am I to tell their story? Writing for diversity  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I will specifically highlight my insecurities while writing about people of color who lived in the age of colonialism. An honest and realistic answer to the question: Who am I to tell their story?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Opinion: Why Guild Wars 2's 'execution'-style ban was a bad idea 16
by Katherine Cross [05.22.15]
ArenaNet recently banned an infamous hacker from its MMO Guild Wars 2 -- by way of virtual execution. But public humiliation is not really the way to go about it, argues Katherine Cross.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

Learning a lot, fast by jamming in VR  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I cannot remember when in the past I learned so much in just one month. We proved we are capable of doing a 3D and VR game in this young technology."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tackling mental illness in game design: A Vanishing Point postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A tough task: Representing mental illness with respect and relevance. "Vanishing Point lacked the laser-precise direction to unite its constituent parts into something thematic, relevant, and positive."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Point-and-click in the age of touch: Interface design for adventure games 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"Create something new nobody has seen before that ultimately fits your game! Seriously! I'd like to encourage that! There should be more adventure games with innovative and new interfaces."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How to use Photoshop Layer Styles: An advanced guide for game illustrators 7
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"If you're like many Photoshop users, you might not use Layer Styles much. Or maybe you think that they're only good for cheesy bevel and drop shadow effects. Actually, Layer Styles can be very powerful."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Desura is not paying developers, but promises a fix 1
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
After devs complain publicly about not being paid, the digital download platform releases a statement saying it's "working to correct" problems. Gamasutra speaks to its head of dev relations to find out more.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Nintendo prototypes games, starring its first new IP in years: Splatoon 1
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
The road to creating the ink-based shooter -- which releases very soon -- was anything but smooth, a new interview with the developers reveals.
Console/PC

Tapping VR's potential for putting you into an experience  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
"Two years from now, I guarantee youíll be standing in the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath, instead of watching it on TV."
Console/PC, Design

League of Legends begins testing automated 'player reform' system  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
For players in North America who partake of "verbal harassment," there's a new world of punishment opening up -- as Riot further aims to stamp out toxicity.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Study Sony's Morpheus Heist demo in action 1
by Alex Wawro [05.21.15]
Sony brought a Morpheus game demo to GDC this year that got a lot of people talking, and now VR-curious developers who missed it can now see how The Heist works in action.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Behind the scenes of Guilty Gear Xrd's striking 2D/3D art 1
by Staff [05.21.15]
At GDC 2015, Guilty Gear Xrd artist Junya C. Motomura explains how the team rebuilt a classic 2D fighting game in a full-3D graphical framework, while maintaining all of its old-school 2D charms.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

How to manage a 2D art team  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Here I have some tips to share of how to manage an art team. We do outsourcing work, and I think if your art team is a developerís internal team, it doesnít make much difference."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art