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The role of luck: RNG isn't the answer 11
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"We've concluded that itís possible to design a compelling competitive game without luck. Possible. Not easy. Not necessarily doable. But possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The most important trait for a game designer is empathy 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"If you donít know how people work, you canít make stuff for people to interact with. The most talented and technical designer that lacks empathy will make something that only he/she can enjoy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Why anything but games matters 14
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"A couple months ago, I was talking to a friend in technology media. 'Sometimes I wonder why Iím in tech,' he started saying. He paused for a beat. 'Then I think, at least Iím not in games.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley 2
by Brandon Sheffield [10.19.14]
Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don't usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company's third game, sold over 1 million copies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC, GDC China

Looting game design gold from Sid Meier's Pirates! 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"I glibly wrote that Pirates! could be the most important game ever made... and at first, I felt this was a ridiculous thought. Later on, I realized that may be right after all!"
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: John Carmack on engineering Rage 20
by Kris Graft [10.17.14]
In this extensive interview conducted while he was at id, legendary programmer John Carmack reflects on the id Tech 5 engine and his mistakes regarding the evolution of console and PC games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Indies, resist the urge to 'juice it or lose it' 3
by Staff [10.17.14]
Independent game maker Folmer Kelly explains why developers might want to avoid the temptation to "juice up" their games, especially when it comes at the expense of player immersion.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Randomness and game design 46
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
On not introducing randomness into your game's design: "I believe the current assumptions with regard to randomness in strategy games are largely wrong."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The level design of a Zelda dungeon 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"The following is the result of a study that I made a while back after playing multiple Zelda games in order to better understand the patterns and design decisions of a Zelda dungeon."
Console/PC, Design

The charming heart of darkness: Former Spec Ops team's Curious Expedition 3
by Leigh Alexander [10.17.14]
Former Spec Ops: The Line developers are building a charming roguelike hybrid about the great explorers of the 19th century -- and building an indie game is a new adventure for this former AAA team, too.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Get a job: Telltale Games seeks a Senior Character Modeler  
by Staff [10.16.14]
The house that built The Walking Dead is hiring a senior character modeler to with significant experience to work alongside the team in Telltale's San Rafael studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why ethical free-to-play game design matters Exclusive 106
by Greg Costikyan [10.16.14]
"Consider: Would you rather work for a company that has loyal fans eager to play your game, or a company that assumes games are disposable trash, and players, marks to be fleeced?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Making better designers 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"How fast you can iterate, and how much trust you have with your team to try new ideas, will dictate almost everything about how good a game designer you become."
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Unity and Google address dev concerns in GDC Next sponsored talks 1
by Staff [10.16.14]
With weeks to go until GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC takes place in L.A., here are a few of the most useful sponsored sessions from major companies that developers should check out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Luck-based monetization in free-to-play mobile games 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"The first two things you want to think about are: What kind of rewards should be available? And what are the chances to get these?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Alien: Isolation and the evolution of horror simulators 37
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
Amnesia's Thomas Grip tackles the latest Alien game: "I think that horror simulation is the sort of design we want to strive for when making horror games."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Design wisdom from the man behind Super Mario 3D Land Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida reveals how he abandoned much of the series' post-1996 legacy by developing the game as though it were the first 3D Mario title ever made.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

BAFTA has a new career-boosting program for UK game developers  
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is launching a training program that offers UK-based game developers an opportunity to study and discuss game design with their peers and a selection of industry luminaries.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Churn prediction and prevention in high value players 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A review of work done by social games company Wooga to retain players -- either in the game they're already playing, or moving them over to other titles.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing