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Don't Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' 16
by Thomas Grip [03.05.15]
Amnesia: The Dark Descent's "sanity meter" feature was born out of darkness. Creative director Thomas Grip explains the evolution of the meter's design.
Console/PC, Design

Don't save your bullets: Darkest Dungeon's Red Hook on Early Access  
by Phill Cameron [03.05.15]
We talk to Red Hook Studios, makers of Darkest Dungeon, about how to manage to successful Early Access game, and not saving your big guns for later.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The value of 'rubber banding' as a casual engagement driver 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.05.15]
"Theoretically, you can say the concept and effect of rubber banding is a high engagement driver in casual games and is less effective in hardcore games."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Shadow of Mordor takes top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards 1
by Staff [03.04.15]
Monolith Productions' open-world action game netted the Game of the Year award this evening at the 15th annual GDC Awards, which also honored titles like Monument Valley and people like Brenda Romero.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Outer Wilds wins top honors at the 17th annual IGF Awards  
by Staff [03.04.15]
The celestial exploration game netted Team Outer Wilds the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game (and it's accompanying $30,000 cash award) at tonight's 17th annual IGF Awards.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Creative Assembly Brought Fear To Alien: Isolation Exclusive 3
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Alien: Isolation creative director Alistair Hope speaks at GDC 2015 about how Creative Assembly focused on building a horror game, not an action game, through deliberate design choices.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Balance balls make better games? Tips from Swery65 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.04.15]
The always-spirited Swery65 offered a bevy of surprising and insightful development tips on everything from making better motion controls and creating more empathy to getting along with your team.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Carmack's perspective on the future of mobile VR game development Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [03.04.15]
Oculus CTO John Carmack spent nearly two hours today speaking to GDC attendees about the ups and downs of mobile VR development, and what developers can do to make better VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Xbox's vision for a cross-platform future 2
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Microsoft plans to create a single, unified platform for game developers with the forthcoming launch of Windows 10, which will have Xbox Live integration to allow for cross-play across devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Analyzing Monkey Island 2 puzzle dependencies and game balance 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"What makes a good puzzle chain? How can charts and graphs help you get the right feeling if the puzzles you wrote work as intended concerning the overall game experience?" This post answers that question.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: You don't always have to commit 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"In games, it feels like when you make something, it is supposed to be all the way. That if you make horror, the horror has to be pitch-black... but the world doesn't work in absolutes."
Indie, Design

Complexity and complication in game design (Also: Why I love Go) 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
"Let me tell you about Go. The rules are very, very simple. The possibilities, the implications of each single move, are more than any human can grasp."
Console/PC, Design

Postmortem: Failbetter Games' Sunless Sea 7
by Alexis Kennedy [03.04.15]
Failbetter Games co-founder Alexis Kennedy takes you behind the scenes of what went right (and wrong) during development of the studio's darkly comedic roguelike game Sunless Sea.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Our tutorial doesn't work. What next? 11
by Gamasutra Community [03.04.15]
A redesign blog: "How many people got overwhelmed and just stepped away because of the sheer number of tutorials? We have no way of knowing."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Valve debuts Source 2 for free in bid to compete with Epic, Unity 11
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Valve is officially debuting its long-rumored Source 2 engine at GDC this week alongside a host of other new technologies, and it's expected to launch at a competitive price: free.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The secrets behind This War of Mine's emotional impact Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
11 Bit Studios Pawel Miechowski talks about how disrupting players' expectations, studying their decision-making process and creating opportunities to imagine helped make This War of Mine acclaimed and impactful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC, IGF

Writing presence: How good storytelling helps a VR game feel real Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
It's hard enough to make a VR game that's comfortable and satisfying to play for extended periods of time; how do you tell a good story in the process -- and why should you bother?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

The rise of games you (mostly) don't play 21
by Simon Parkin [03.03.15]
"Idle games," or games that virtually play themselves, are a nascent genre that sometimes become unexpectedly popular. Anthony Pecorella with Kongregate explains.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Don't Miss: My hardest bug ever 31
by Gamasutra Community [03.03.15]
A coder on the original Crash Bandicoot explains how his first big game almost shipped with a destructive save-wiping bug -- and how he and the team at Naughty Dog eventually solved it.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Space Oddity: Deconstructing the curious design of Gravity Ghost Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Ivy Games' lush 2D space physics puzzler Gravity Ghost wears its nonviolent nature on its sleeve, but creator Erin Robinson says it has its roots in one of the earliest shooters ever made: Asteroids.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC