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Apple frowns upon Papers Please's pixelated nudity 13
by Phill Cameron [12.11.14]
UPDATEThe developer behind the upcoming iOS version of Papers Please was forced to revise his game after Apple deemed certain parts of it to be "pornographic" in nature.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

The Top 10 Game Developers of 2014 46
by Staff [12.11.14]
With 2014 coming to a close, it's time for our end of year roundups, starting with perhaps our most important annual list: The Top 10 Game Developers of 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Ken Levine pitches devs on the idea of 'Narrative Legos' 8
by Staff [12.10.14]
At GDC 2014, Irrational Games cofounder Ken Levine explains his theory of 'Narrative Legos' -- breaking narrative down to its smallest non-abstract elements and mixing them up to create new stories.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Inside Valve's 'Cabal' design process for Half-Life 10
by Ken Birdwell [12.10.14]
In this classic article, Valve details the design process and teamwork – or "Cabal process" — that turned the initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success.
Console/PC, Design, Production

The strengths of optional narratives in Dark Souls  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.14]
"The stories of three NPCs in the game give a taste of what optional narrative has to offer: a greater sense of immersion and a desire in the player to learn about the story rather than simply be pulled along it."
Console/PC, Design

GDC 2015 will host a Classic Game Postmortem of Star Control 3
by Staff [12.10.14]
Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, the cofounders of Toys For Bob, will be delivering a Classic Game Postmortem on the influential 1990 space adventure game Star Control at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Dragon Age: Inquisition scripting tools get deconstructed at GDC  
by Staff [12.10.14]
The Frostbite engine is a multi-talented piece of tech, and it drives everything from Dragon Age: Inquisition to Battlefield 4. Learn how its scripting system works at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Blog: Video games, luck, and Orange Juice 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.14]
"At first glance, this game seems horrendous... But by loading the game with an absurd amount of random elements, the quirky board game draws out the positive effects of luck in video games."
Console/PC, Design

Video: DreamHackathon - VR Winners and Presentations  
by Phill Cameron [12.09.14]
DreamHack has posted a video of all the presentations and winners from their DreamHackathon:VR game jam, tasking developers with creating a virtual reality game during DreamHack.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Get a job: Obsidian is hiring a UI/UX Designer  
by Staff [12.09.14]
Got a mind for interface design? Obsidian Entertainment is looking to hire a UI/UX designer to work alongside the design, art and programming teams at its Irvine, CA studio.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The 'Door Problem' of game design 36
by Liz England [12.09.14]
"I find myself explaining what game design means to a lot of people from different backgrounds, some of whom don’t know anything about games. I like to describe my job in terms of 'The Door Problem.'"
Console/PC, Design

Making a game in 1993: A look back at the Amiga 500 21
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.14]
A look back at the Amiga 500, a classic PC embraced by the European development scene in the 1990s, and what sprung from this fertile ground, as limited as it may have been.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History

'Gamerliness' - How games can evolve by looking inward 21
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.14]
"'Painterly' art doesn’t try to look realistic -- instead, it uses its unique aspects as a constructed object to its advantage. I hope that, as games continue to grow, we get to see a truly 'gamerly' game."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

SWTOR dev demonstrates why F2P isn't always evil at GDC 2015 2
by Staff [12.09.14]
Damion Schubert, former lead on Star Wars: The Old Republic, will share lessons learned from the MMORPG's remarkably successful conversion from subscription-based to free-to-play during the F2P Summit at GDC 2015.
Social/Online, Design, GDC

This Week in Video Game Criticism: The 'Freedom' of GTA 5 and a 'Morality Run' of BioShock 1
by Alan Williamson [12.08.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Alan Williamson on topics ranging from Grand Theft Auto 5's reappearance in the news to an analysis of a BioShock 'morality run.'
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Our interview with game industry patriarch Ralph Baer  
by Benj Edwards [12.08.14]
Ralph Baer, legendary engineer and inventor of the first video game console, has passed away at the age of 92. Learn more about who he was and how his work shaped our industry in this classic feature.
Console/PC, Design

The era of monetizing pain and misery in games is over 17
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"Instead of making them fear 'monetization opportunities,' how about instead giving them something they value. Not just for pain mitigation, but for the long-term?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Writing believable women for games - a few words on Dying Light 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"We tried our damnedest to take Dying Light's female characters out of the one-dimensional, trope-defined roles seen so often -- way, way too often -- in games."
Console/PC, Design

Playing with cause and effect 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"It has slowly dawned on me that perhaps the most interesting capacity of games is their ability to let the player explore a unique, consistent and mysterious relationship between cause and effect."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Stepping away from unit-on-unit combat in strategy games 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"Without tactical complexity to act as a hurdle to deep strategic understanding, even new players can appreciate the implications of their choices."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design