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Video: Applying psychology to build better games 1
by Staff [03.09.15]
At GDC 2013, game designer Jason VandenBerghe sought to find a practical game development application of the 5 Domains psychological model of personality types -- or die in the attempt.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Sony is hiring a Combat Designer  
by Staff [03.09.15]
Sony Computer Entertainment America seeks someone with a senior combat designer's skillset to work alongside the team in its Los Angeles, CA studio.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Developers weigh in on Apple Watch as a platform for games 3
by Alex Wawro [03.09.15]
As Apple reveals more details on its upcoming Watch, multiple game developers share their thoughts with The Guardian on what it means for the future of mobile game development.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda 64
by Staff [03.09.15]
Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more.
Console/PC, Design

Pathing and movement on a 3D grid 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"There are a lot of things to consider with movement in a 3D game, even a grid-based one. Some of these issues we tackled ahead of time, while others required playtesting and iteration."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Postmortem: Human Extinction Simulator 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"I was now in the right state of mind to work on my best game yet that would let me get my hopes up for the first time. I was ready to put to good use the last seven years I spent 'trying' to actually 'making.'"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

'I'm still creative!' - Game industry vets rally against ageism Exclusive 15
by Alex Wawro [03.06.15]
David Mullich and a group of other game industry veterans shared advice on beating ageism in the game industry and offered concrete examples of how our industry can improve today at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Warren Robinett reflects on his 'signature' game: Adventure Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [03.05.15]
Game industry veteran Warren Robinett reflects on some of the curious challenges he faced in developing Adventure, his seminal Atari 2600 action adventure game, today at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, GDC

'We should have been more audacious' - A Civilization: Beyond Earth retrospective 7
by Simon Parkin [03.05.15]
Firaxis was too concerned about alienating players of previous Civilization games when creating the most recent title in the series, Beyond Earth, the game's lead designers said at GDC 2015 today.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How games can shape American culture - and vice versa Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.05.15]
Mushroom 11 developer Julia Keren-Detar gave a brief a history of early American board games today at GDC, and showed how the games we make influence (and are influenced by) culture.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #1: Pipelines 'n' Tubes Exclusive  
by Staff [03.05.15]
Guests from Naughty Dog, Campo Santo, Vlambeer, Undead Labs, and much more join One Life Left and Gamasutra for fun stuff, smart stuff, and random stuff from GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Podcast, GDC

Being smart, being stupid with Hitman Go's design  
by Kris Graft [03.05.15]
At Game Developers Conference 2015, Daniel Lutz, game director at Square Enix Montreal, explained how designing with constraints in mind helped lead to the success of the stealthy mobile game Hitman Go.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

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