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Blizzard taps pro Hearthstone player to join its design team  
by Alex Wawro [08.29.14]
Competitive Hearthstone player Ryan Masterton announced this week that he is joining Blizzard's ranks as an associate designer who will be "looking out for the interests of the player."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Don't Miss: Valve's design process for creating Half-Life 9
by Ken Birdwell [08.29.14]
Valve engineer Ken Birdwell walks us through the "cabal" procedures that helped turn the company's initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Video: #1ReasonToBe inspires European devs at GDC Europe 2014  
by Staff [08.29.14]
GDC Europe 2014 saw the triumphant European debut of one of the most popular GDC sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, GDC Europe

Get a job: Sucker Punch seeks a Lead Mission Designer  
by Staff [08.29.14]
The house that built InFamous: Second Son is looking to hire an experienced mission designer to take a lead role alongside the team in Sucker Punch's Bellevue, WA studio.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Recruitment

Constraining the design space of possibility 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"I have always defended 'laser-focused' game design that keeps only what is absolutely needed and cuts off any 'unnecessary' parts... but Iíve been exploring a more balanced approach."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

How I teach game design: Games and rules 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
NYU's Eric Zimmerman: A rules-centric approach is a very dry and restrictive way of looking at game design. Itís a formal approach to game design (more on that below). But itís often incredibly useful."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Parodying Final Fantasy in a game jam: Rude Bear RPG  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.14]
"I already knew I was going to do an JRPG going in, because this is the seventh Rude Bear, and there was no way RBVII wasnít going to be a Final Fantasy parody."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Video: Miegakure dev offers perspective on designing 4D movement 5
by Alex Wawro [08.28.14]
A new promotional video for Marc Ten Bosch's 4D puzzler Miegakure seeks to explain how the game implements four-dimensional movement as a puzzle-solving mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Let's retire the word 'gamer' Exclusive 137
by Brandon Sheffield [08.28.14]
"The word 'gamer' is regressive. It accepts the portrait of us painted by the mainstream news media, and every time I hear it or read it it actually makes me feel a little sick."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Exclusive

'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over. Exclusive 201
by Leigh Alexander [08.28.14]
'Game culture' as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- itís not even culture. Itís buying things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and itís getting mad on the internet.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

GDC Next adds fresh talks on F2P design and app store conquest 1
by GDC Staff [08.28.14]
The cofounder of YetiZen shares secret strategies for gaming the app stores and Ethan Levy offers tips on designing ethical, successful free-to-play games at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Making an effective tutorial 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
How to tutorial: "Like everyone else, I hate tutorials. Eventually over several iterations, I settled on a much more decentralized tutorial system."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Freedom, simplicity of solo development in The Next Penelope Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.28.14]
The developers behind Hell Yeah! needed the game to be a big hit if Arkedo was going to keep making games. When Hell Yeah! fell short, one of Arkedo's founders tried something new.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Pretend it matters - a Ludum Dare postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.14]
"I decline to draw sharp lessons from this, no what-went-right or what-went-wrong. Each new approach has a little of both."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Selling a game before it's 'done': Tips and insight for paid alphas Exclusive 8
by Kris Graft [08.28.14]
These days, some of the most successful games out there aren't even out yet. Developers engaged in notable paid alpha campaigns share their experiences so far in a roundtable Q&A.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: A Lucasfilm Games postmortem, told by those who lived it 2
by Staff [08.27.14]
This GDC 2014 postmortem featuring six of Lucasfilm Games' earliest employees asks the questions: "What mix of creative and business forces shaped this studio?" and "Could it be duplicated today?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Wage gauge: Industry salary stats from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [08.27.14]
In this edition you'll find lots of great data aimed at preparing you for a career in game development, including the results of Gamasutra's most recent industry-wide salary survey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: Composition in level design - An in-depth examination 9
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.14]
A comprehensive look at what goes into creating first person shooter levels for a sense of visual composition -- and what that means in terms of guiding players to experience your gameplay best.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Blog: On the brink of a nervous breakdown 13
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.14]
A developer discovers the game he's been slaving over -- which he thought was original -- has similarities to other titles. In this post, he confronts his feelings on finding out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

How the Jagged Alliance 2 developers dealt with '90s gun culture  
by Alex Wawro [08.27.14]
An interesting excerpt from game industry veteran Darius Kazemi's book on Jagged Alliance 2 elucidates how the game drew upon -- and later shied away from -- contemporary gun culture.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing