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User experience insights: Criminal Case 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
How could the popular casual title's UX be improved? This post by a Gameloft UX designer takes a critical look at the hit, and offers suggestions for making it better.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design

Putting a fake nose in your VR game may make it less nauseating 7
by Alex Wawro [03.26.15]
Researchers at Purdue University believe that rendering a virtual nose in your first-person virtual reality game can help extend the amount of time people can play it without feeling sick.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Successful principles of an indie game bottom feeder 42
by Jeff Vogel [03.26.15]
Going indie? Find an underserved niche audience, "accept what you can't change, be as awesome as you can, charge what you're worth, and stand proud," writes Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Level design for melee combat systems: Talking to the experts 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
On combat, with God of War's Alex Sulman, DmC: Devil May Cry's Rahni Tucker, The Last of Us' Anthony Newman, Aztez's Ben Ruiz, Dead Island 2's Daniel Nordlander, Killzone's Doug Walker, and others.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Thinking about people: Designing games for social simulation 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris (Redshirt) comprehensive look at the elements that are essential to a good social simulation, and how those things have worked in existing games, both AAA and indie.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Rust experiments with racial empathy by assigning players' skin tones 19
by Alex Wawro [03.25.15]
The latest Rust update assigns all players a permanent, randomized skin tone and face. Developer Garry Newman says it's led to an increase in racism, and also some intriguing player behavior.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How theater influenced the design of Kentucky Route Zero  
by Staff [03.25.15]
Cardboard Computer's Tamas Kemenczy delivers an intriguing GDC 2014 talk about the the environment design and cinematography of Kentucky Route Zero.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Inside the PlayStation 4 with Mark Cerny Exclusive 73
by Christian Nutt [03.25.15]
In this classic feature, Gamasutra sits down with PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny as he explains the nuts and bolts of designing a new console with developers' desires in mind.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How Sony's Net Yaroze ignited indie console development 6
by John Szczepaniak [03.24.15]
This classic Net Yaroze feature includes interviews with developers who got their start on the system, as well as academics who used it in some of the world's earliest hands-on game dev programs.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Turning data into enemies: How we used Google Spreadsheets with Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.24.15]
"We used Google Spreadsheets as our Content Management System (CMS). In this post I'll talk about how we've integrated those spreadsheets into our game development process."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

Screen ecologies, 'multi-gaming,' and designing for different kinds of engagement 7
by Gamasutra Community [03.24.15]
"Rather than designing games meant to consume a player’s entire attention, maybe its worth designing games to be slow, tedious or even boring. We think this can be attractive to players."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How Dark Souls' multiplayer mechanics are invading other worlds Exclusive 12
by Alex Wawro [03.24.15]
What is it about how Souls games handle player invasions that made them so compelling? We talk to a few developers to explore why the mechanic is so exciting, and how they put their own spin on it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Exclusive

Get a job: Wargaming is hiring a Gameplay Engineer  
by Staff [03.23.15]
World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net is looking for a gameplay engineer to work on the company's current and upcoming multiplayer projects alongside the team in its Hunt Valley, Maryland offices.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Video: Building guns to drive the Counter-Strike: GO economy  
by Staff [03.23.15]
Speaking at GDC 2014, Valve's Bronwen Grimes describes how the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team figured out what kinds of content players would pay for, then created it with just 2 artists.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Altgames and Alternative Histories  
by Kris Ligman [03.23.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from game development's punk scene to game reviews from a timeline where the industry turned out very differently.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game analytics from a game designer's perspective 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.15]
"Game analytics can change the face of game development. Where we had to guess before, we designers can now make decisions based on real data!"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Postmortem: Petroglyph's Grey Goo - getting back to the roots of RTS 5
by Ted Morris [03.23.15]
Grey Goo executive producer Ted Morris recounts Petroglyp's experiences, both positive and negative, as they sought to make a classic RTS game for the modern marketplace.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Cloud Imperium Games is hiring a Script Supervisor  
by Staff [03.20.15]
The house responsible for Star Citizen is hiring an experienced script supervisor to manage dialog and motion capture alongside the team at the the company's U.K. headquarters in Manchester, England.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Solving multiplayer growing pains in Subterfuge 8
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.15]
Ron Carmel (World of Goo) walks us through changes the team is making in the alpha version of his latest game, Subterfuge -- and the data and insight that backs them up.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 89
by Cliff Beszinski [03.20.15]
Boss Key founder and Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies game developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production