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Lessons learned from designing enemies for kids 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.15]
"The problem -- you canít rely on any kind of skill progression in very young kids. How do we increase the challenge of later enemies when we canít guarantee that the players skill will increase?"
Console/PC, Design

The heart of game systems 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.15]
"I hope that this approach of dissecting the individual parts of the game experience, will help to single out certain design challenges that we face along the way of creating awesome games."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Developing Deus Ex: An oral history Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [06.23.15]
15 years ago this week, Ion Storm Austin released its seminal first-person cyberpunk game Deus Ex. Gamasutra spoke to some of its lead creators to learn more about how they developed it -- and what it did to them.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Fury Road to Bullet Hell 1
by Kris Ligman [06.22.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from what games writers can learn from Mad Max: Fury Road to a bullet hell game which learns from its player.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

8 player archetypes for break-testing your game design 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.15]
Can your game be "broken"? Figure it out with these types: "I formulated heuristics for solo playtesting and created a set of ideal (in the psychological sense) player archetypes."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Different player types for co-op games 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.15]
"Over the course of my time developing cooperative games, I ended up creating my own, more specific list of player types. They are a result of years of extensive playtesting."
Console/PC, Design

Opinion: Games could be doing so much more with sex 31
by Katherine Cross [06.22.15]
Columnist Katherine Cross asks if any games are saying or doing anything interesting with sex, and explores how the medium might truly capture the sublime nature of the act.
Design

Let's shatter the delusion that sports game devs aren't creative 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.15]
"Donít overlook a CV just because the applicant has only worked on sports games. We're creative guys with huge ability and lots of fresh ideas. Don't push us aside for the same old, same old."
Console/PC, Design

Mending the developer/player relationship with Threes free-to-play 3
by Phill Cameron [06.22.15]
We talk to Asher Vollmer of Sirvo about Threes free to play, and how they found an advertising model that isn't at war with the player.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Vicarious Visions seeks a character combat designer 3
by Staff [06.19.15]
The Activision-owned studio behind more than one of the Skylanders games and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 seeks a designer who can oversee all aspect's of character combat design.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

When does 'influenced by' become stealing someone's design? 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.19.15]
"This was a set of components that kept screaming, 'Mod me, mod me, Iíll promise Iíll be good, just mod me and make me a game!' So I did."
Indie, Design

What goes into a game title? 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.19.15]
"The title serves a larger purpose than simply occupying a placard on the wall next to the work. It is the name of the app, the anchor for the game's opening screen, the name of the website, and much more."
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Action Henk's jump physics Exclusive  
by Roel Ezendam [06.19.15]
Roel Ezendam, Game Coder at RageSquid: "Having control over the height of the jump is another way to create player decisions and deeper mechanics."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Edge of Nowhere a strong argument for third-person, gamepad games in VR 6
by Kris Graft [06.18.15]
At E3 2015, Insomniac Games, the studio behind games including Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, showed off its first VR effort, the action adventure game Edge of Nowhere.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Game mechanics and player agency in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture 6
by Kris Graft [06.18.15]
The Chinese Room has been working on its next game, Everybodyís Gone to the Rapture, which aims to evolve the storytelling ideas in Dear Esther.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Using big-scale touchscreens to transform local multiplayer 8
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.15]
"Working on these devices has transformed my perspective as a developer. The design focus is less about creating an experience out of intertwining mechanics, and more about communicating with the player."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

A 2D level editor in 30 seconds 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.15]
"This is the gripping TRUE STORY of failed prototypes, wasted time, custom level editorsÖ and UNEXPECTED SALVATION at the hands of the HUMBLE SPREADSHEET."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Designing around a premise sentence 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.15]
"Itís a one line sentence that, using tropes or common knowledge, summarizes the contents of a creative work while at the same time building excitement about it."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The benefits of a family-friendly conference at Ludolunch 1
by Phill Cameron [06.18.15]
We talk to Simon Roth and Nia Wearn about their unconference Ludolunch, which benefited from a strong focus on being family friendly.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The difficulty of creating difficulty 7
by Gamasutra Community [06.18.15]
Designing difficulty levels is hard, but one dev shares his methodology here -- categorizing players, like the "HardCurious casual" and the "Faux-Hardcore."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design