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Ammo systems and BioShock  
by Gamasutra Community [05.03.16]
"The more I use it the more comfortable I get with it, and thus the more I use it. This increasing preference-for/reliance-on a single gun poses a couple problems from a game design standpoint."
Console/PC, Design

Saltsman: The pros and cons of procedural generation in Overland  
by Joel Couture [05.03.16]
"There are a few things that we get from procedural generation: more emergence and unpredictability, as opposed to being a roller coaster for the player to only experience the things I wanted them to feel."
Indie, Design, Video

Video: 20 lessons learned from 20 years of making Magic: The Gathering  
by Staff [05.02.16]
"Not a lot of people design the same game for twenty years," said venerable Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark Rosewater in his GDC 2016 game design talk. "Not a lot of games last twenty years."
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Consequences in games 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.02.16]
"Consequences are a form of constraints, and contemporary players do not like constraints. They want to do whatever they want to do, as though they were on a playground or playing with toys."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Blog: Unexpected narrative in games  
by Gamasutra Community [05.02.16]
"Metroid isn't the only game to use this type of storytelling. Journey, Ico, Sword & Sworcery, and others tell their stories with very little text or cinematic sequences."
Console/PC, Design

Patrice Desilets: 30 words on creativity, plus a peek at 1666  
by Brandon Sheffield [05.02.16]
In his talk at the Reboot Develop conference, Patrice Desilets discussed 30 words that he associates with creativity...and showed off some in-engine footage of his game 1666: Amsterdam
Console/PC, Design

Dishonored, and tactile interface metaphors  
by Gamasutra Community [05.02.16]
"The consistent and weighted emphasis of the moral dichotomy of player choice in Dishonored becomes only reinforced, as our bodily interactions with the controller approach our assumptions of how we might expect the actions to feel."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was made 4
by Zied Rieke & Michael Boon [05.02.16]
Infinity Ward's influential shooter debuted almost a decade ago. Now, read this classic postmortem the lead designer and technical art director wrote of it for Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How Apple TV forced us to rethink mobile UX 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.02.16]
"I agree with Tim Cook’s notion that the future of the TV is apps. But an app is just a bundle of code. What makes a great app is the experience it offers to its specific user."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Devs Answer: how much did your parents support playing video games as a kid? 8
by Bryant Francis [04.29.16]
We polled developers on how their parents felt about them playing games as kids to see which ones had full support, and which ones were only able to justify it once they'd built a career on them.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The unexpected creative genesis of Her Story  
by Christian Nutt [04.29.16]
"If all your ideas are coming from movies, that can be a problem. An artist has already gone out into the world and compressed a lot of information to create that film."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Designing without a pitch - The FTL postmortem 1
by Staff [04.29.16]
FTL devs Matthew Davis and Justin Ma speak frankly at GDC 2013 about how and why they frequently altered or abandoned aspects of the game's design as they developed it to evoke a specific feeling.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Molyneux and Webley recount the history of Lionhead  
by Simon Carless [04.29.16]
Now that Lionhead is closed, look back at this 2006 feature where Peter Molyneux and Mark Webley speak at length about how they helped create the company, and their lessons learned along the way.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Games as revolutionary acts: Historians talk 1979 Revolution  
by Gamasutra Community [04.29.16]
History Respawned's Bob Whitaker talks with historian Zackery Heern about the choice-driven narrative game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, which is based on real history.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Applying lessons from Warcraft's world to Overwatch arenas  
by Bryant Francis [04.29.16]
We spoke to Blizzard's Aaron Keller about the design of Overwatch's first-person shooter arenas, and how lessons he learned from designing maps for World of Warcraft still matter today.
Console/PC, Design

Japanese indie dev on designing for NicoNico Video's new game platform  
by Lena LeRay [04.28.16]
The indie dev known as Krobon describes the unique challenges of creating a platformer (Pharaoh Rebirth+) designed to be released episodically on NicoNicoVideo's new game platform.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The designers of Thief and Deus Ex talking shop at GDC  
by Staff [04.28.16]
Deus Ex designer Warren Spector and Thief designer Doug Church grill each other on stage at GDC 2002 about their design decisions and how to talk shop without destroying the "magic of game creation."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Atari cofounder Nolan Bushnell cuts new deal to make mobile games  
by Alex Wawro [04.28.16]
Game industry veteran Nolan Bushnell has made a deal with Dutch game company Spil Games that will see the two working together to design and launch three or more mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Life after leaving a game studio, according to narrative designer Chris Avellone 2
by Brandon Sheffield [04.28.16]
Chris Avellone might shower less these days, but he definitely writes more. Here, he discusses his creative life after Obsidian, and the difficulty of working with established franchises.
Console/PC, Design, Production

'There are a lot of ways to chop off a head' - Double Fine's Tim Schafer on humor 20
by Brandon Sheffield [04.28.16]
Tim Schafer discusses the challenges and triumphs of creating games with humor, as he illustrates his storied career.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production