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Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete  
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Ex-Blizzard frontman Rob Pardo shares his approach to game design  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson talks to ex-Blizzard designer Rob Pardo (Warcraft 3, Starcraft II) about his career and his approach to design in the new Designer Notes podcast.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The neuroscience of survival horror 14
by Maral Tajerian [10.30.14]
How do survival horror games like The Evil Within work on our brains? Neuroscientist M. Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia, Dead Space and Silent Hill in this classic feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Blog: How much friction? Tension in Alien: Isolation 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"The game is good, evoking the tension of Ridley Scott's original movie by pitting a single protagonist against a nigh-unstoppable xenomorph. But about 2/3 of my way through the game I started feeling annoyance, rather than tension."
Console/PC, Design

Designing a 'playable' UI that secretly teaches how to play 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"We could have relied on traditional, text-based tutorials, but most players would have just ignored them to then have a hard time playing the game like it’s supposed to be played."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Developers, get ready: GDC Next kicks off on Monday  
by Staff [10.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next Monday. Here's what you need to know about where to go and what to see while you're there.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Creating an atmospheric, non-Euclidian environment 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"When the player walks off the side, they’re teleported to a corresponding point on the adjacent side and rotated ninety degrees. The result is suitably disorienting: walk long enough in a straight line and you’ll make figure-eights."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

How Spelunky helped Dan Marshall reinvent The Swindle Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
Last year, developer Dan Marshall cancelled The Swindle, a game he had been working on for two years. Now the dev has resurrected the game with a new direction -- and it's all thanks to Spelunky.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Screencheat is a game about screencheating Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [10.30.14]
I reckon the team behind Screencheat must have been dirty rotten cheaters in the days of local multiplayer. Originally dreamt up during the Global Game Jam earlier this year, Screencheat is an experience entirely centered around looking at what everyone else is doing.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Making better tutorials and menus for mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"If you take a critical eye to modern games and see what they’ve done well and what they haven’t, you can apply these to your own games. With a bit of thought and some testing, you can make your game a much nicer experience for everyone."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Using games to treat anxiety, autism  
by Christian Nutt [10.29.14]
"The program starts to not feel like a game ... It feels real. You know it is an alternate reality, but you feel the same emotions you would feel in the actual situation you are practicing."
Console/PC, Serious, Design

Don't Miss: Amnesia developer shares 4 ways to design for horror Exclusive 5
by Kris Graft [10.29.14]
Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip seems like a pretty affable guy. But the games he makes scare the living crap out of people.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Game design in VR: Pushing off from a new frontier 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
"VR is demanding we re-investigate from the ground up all things we have been assuming about UI/UX, and that we look deeper into cognitive science to address questions about how we perceive our environments."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Blog: What does a game value? 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.29.14]
"There is a problem with his characterization as a kind and merciful commander, though: the gameplay. The only way to gain experience in this game is to kill enemy units."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Building Runbow, the first nine-player Wii U platformer Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [10.29.14]
13AM Games in Toronto has figured out how to make a 9-player competitive platformer for the Wii U. But how do they solve the design challenges of fitting that many players on a single screen?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: Our X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Postmortem 1
by Peter Lincroft [10.28.14]
Former LucasArts programmer Peter Lincroft details some of the design and programming challenges the developers of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter faced in this classic postmortem.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

9 GDC Next talks you shouldn't miss  
by Staff [10.28.14]
Game industry veteran Raph Koster, programming wizard Borut Pfeiffer, industry attorney Mona Ibrahim and Playful Corp CEO Paul Bettner are just a few of the experts speaking at GDC Next this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Of Dress Spheres and Metal Gear 1
by Kris Ligman [10.27.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the fashion of Final Fantasy X-2 to a meditative tribute to Metal Gear Solid 3.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Far Cry 4 creative director: Resolution is not an interesting topic 13
by Christian Nutt [10.27.14]
What to ask yourself about a game: "It's like, is it fun, is it interesting, is it new, is it fresh, are there interesting questions?"
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Making a great game you can play with your kids isn't easy  
by Alex Wawro [10.27.14]
Flying Wild Hog cofounder Klaudiusz Zych explains some of the challenges his studio has faced in transitioning from releasing Shadow Warrior to developing the family-friendly cooperative platformer Juju.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing