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Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 7
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

Video: Designing an immersive user interface for Hearthstone  
by Staff [05.22.15]
Hearthstone senior UI designer Derek Sakamoto breaks down Blizzard's approach to UI design at GDC 2015, in the process shedding light on how you can best craft a great UI for your own game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow Exclusive GDMag Exclusive 3
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

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

Point-and-click in the age of touch: Interface design for adventure games  
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

Tapping VR's potential for putting you into an experience  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
"Two years from now, I guarantee you’ll 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

The 'strange attractor' in video game design 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Before gameplay, mechanics, monetization, or any other key design consideration, a new video game design needs to consider the most important aspect of all: a good concept."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe for tips on soft-launching your next mobile game  
by Staff [05.21.15]
GDC Europe 2015 is months away, and conference organizers are highlighting two can't-miss sessions on the process of soft-launching your iOS game and the trick to coding adaptive clothing systems for open-world games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Making a VR game ASAP: Galaxy Grapple, a Gear VR jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
Quick iterations and gameplay experimentation: A look back at the dev process for a VR game developed under tight constraints for a competition.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

How Tim Schafer thinks about games 2
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
"Video games are ... a personal perspective on the world that’s consistent within that world. ... Someone really dug deep into their own mind to pull out something personal to say in a game."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Q&A: Crafting The Old Blood as a Wolfenstein palate cleanser  
by Alex Wawro [05.20.15]
In conversation with Gamasutra, Machine Games' Tommy Björk hed some light on how the studio weaves compelling narratives into the design of an FPS and why Wolfenstein: The Old Blood became a prequel.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: 'Roguelikes' - Getting to the heart of the it-genre 23
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Over the last few years, the roguelike has become the it-genre in games. In this classic 2014 feature, Gamasutra spoke to developers at Klei, Spry Fox and more to get to the heart of its appeal.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

PSA: European Innovative Games Showcase submissions close this Friday  
by Staff [05.20.15]
GDC Europe 2015 officials are still seeking submissions to the 2nd annual European Innovative Games Showcase at the Cologne, Germany show this August. You still have time!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC, GDC Europe

Creating the 'right' kind of player in the weird FPS Sub Rosa  
by Phill Cameron [05.20.15]
We talk to Cryptic Sea's Alex Austin, about developing Sub Rosa to encourage players not to shoot each other, even though they have automatic weapons and cool suits.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Video

Blog: Are missable collectibles okay, from a design standpoint? 12
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.15]
"I don't like miss-able collectibles either as a player or a designer. They aren't a thing that ruin games for me, but if they are included it will bother me."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: John Carmack shares his vision for the future of mobile VR  
by Staff [05.19.15]
Speaking at GDC 2015, Oculus CTO John Carmack offers 90 minutes of actionable VR development advice, technical details, techniques and strategies you can use to amp up the quality of your VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Secret of Mana's enduring influence on game design 23
by Christian Nutt, Douglas Wilson [05.19.15]
What makes Secret of Mana for Super Nintendo so timeless? Back in 2013, Die Gute Fabrik's Douglas Wilson and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt discussed the topic on the week of the game's 20th anniversary.
Console/PC, Art, Audio, Design

The Room dev challenges the taboo of open world VR 1
by Alex Wawro [05.19.15]
Fireproof co-founder Barry Meade discusses how a studio best known for making mobile puzzle games that take place in a single room came to create a high-flying "spy with a sweet jetpack" VR game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video