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Unity Pro now free to all PlayStation developers 5
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
Game engine maker Unity said this morning it would be making the full Unity Pro suite free to all licensed PlayStation developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: Finding the beat in Crypt of the NecroDancer Exclusive 8
by Ryan Clark [09.17.14]
Brace Yourself Games launched its rhythm-based roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer earlier this year. Here, creator Ryan Clark explains how he stumbled upon -- and carefully tweaked -- the game's signature beat mechanic.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Video: How Ubisoft modernized the gunplay of Splinter Cell  
by Staff [09.16.14]
Ubisoft designer James Everett says he faced some tricky challenges when he started work on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, chief among them the problem of making players feel like they're a modern military professional.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A postmortem look at the making of Elite 4
by Staff [09.16.14]
To mark the 30th anniversary of Elite's release, watch co-creator David Braben explain the genesis of the genre-defining space sim that stood against industry demands for arcade games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Why you need to play Bond Breaker and Algebra Assembler 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"We are entering a golden age for educational video games. Portal and Braid sowed the seeds of revolution... they introduced a spirit of expressiveness."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design

Blog: A.I. Lessons: The cost of memories 20
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"At this rate a year in-game would take about 2000 megabytes or 2 gigabytes and 50 years in-game would take about 100 gigabytes. This is just for about 7 characters."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
20 "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Don't Miss: The fundamental pillars of a good combat system 26
by Sébastien Lambottin [09.15.14]
"With the help of other designers, I have decided to gather and formalize what knowledge I can on the fundamental rules in designing a combat system. This article is the result of that exercise."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: How I killed the joy of video games 33
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
"Out of everything I could say, the concept of how making games fundamentally changes someone’s enjoyment of them is the most difficult to express."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Battlefield 4 monetization analysis 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
"I will explain some ways that Battlefield 4 could have made me as a player feel more positively about my IAP experience without upsetting the balance of gameplay."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

When Shining Force meets Cannon Fodder: The design of Squids 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.15.14]
Emeric Thoa, creative director at The Game Bakers, explains the design decisions behind turned-based tactical RPG, Squids.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Lessons learned from the development of Divinity: Original Sin  
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke reflects on lessons he learned from the studio's recent success launching its Kickstarted PC RPG Divinity: Original Sin.
Console/PC, Design, Production

What to steal from Destiny’s UI 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"This isn’t a review, I’m not a critic, just noticed a bunch of clever stuff that wouldn’t be hard to duplicate on an indie budget. Polish costs time, but my goodness does a game benefit from it."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Quick tips: Finding the core gameplay 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"One of the biggest challenges in designing a new system is to establish a solid core to build the game upon. I usually start by searching for a solid core system that could sustain the entire game going forward."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Story in games - Speaking through song  
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.14]
"Worldbuilding is something I try to push a lot when it comes to audio, and there are a few different elements that I consider when doing so."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design

Using PAX as a test bed: How Spry Fox updated its demo builds daily 3
by Christian Nutt [09.11.14]
"PAX is one of the best opportunities we have each year to observe lots of 'real gamers' of all ages, sexes, etc, playing our games," says Spry Fox's David Edery.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The dev who spent 13 years making his childhood game Exclusive 13
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
When Adam Butcher was 14, he had a vision for a video game that he wanted to make. It was a little bulky in scope, sure, but it was the game he wanted to play, and he had the tools to make it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

RPG design: Alternatives to magic points 65
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"I find many implementations pretty tedious (buying/using MP restorative items constantly, or saving all magic for the boss), but preferences aside, it's just plain boring when so many games do the same thing."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Reminder: GDC Next's ADC 'Best in Apps' contest closes next month  
by Staff [09.11.14]
Developers have until 10/15 to submit their app to the Best in Apps free contest at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC and earn a free ADC pass.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

The SETI Institute is running its own game jam next month 2
by Mike Rose [09.11.14]
The SETI Institute, a not-for-profit organization that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, has today announced that it is looking to get game developers involved via a game jam.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing