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Building Runbow, the first nine-player Wii U platformer Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [10.29.14]
13AM Games in Toronto has figured out how to make a 9-player competitive platformer for the Wii U. But how do they solve the design challenges of fitting that many players on a single screen?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: Our X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Postmortem 1
by Peter Lincroft [10.28.14]
Former LucasArts programmer Peter Lincroft details some of the design and programming challenges the developers of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter faced in this classic postmortem.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

9 GDC Next talks you shouldn't miss  
by Staff [10.28.14]
Game industry veteran Raph Koster, programming wizard Borut Pfeiffer, industry attorney Mona Ibrahim and Playful Corp CEO Paul Bettner are just a few of the experts speaking at GDC Next this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Of Dress Spheres and Metal Gear 1
by Kris Ligman [10.27.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the fashion of Final Fantasy X-2 to a meditative tribute to Metal Gear Solid 3.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Far Cry 4 creative director: Resolution is not an interesting topic 13
by Christian Nutt [10.27.14]
What to ask yourself about a game: "It's like, is it fun, is it interesting, is it new, is it fresh, are there interesting questions?"
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Making a great game you can play with your kids isn't easy  
by Alex Wawro [10.27.14]
Flying Wild Hog cofounder Klaudiusz Zych explains some of the challenges his studio has faced in transitioning from releasing Shadow Warrior to developing the family-friendly cooperative platformer Juju.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Collaboration, curation collide in Sunset Overdrive Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [10.27.14]
Insomniac Games' stylish Xbox One shooter Sunset Overdrive changed significantly between conception and realization. Game director Drew Murray explains.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Video Postmortem: The successes and failures of SteamWorld Dig  
by Staff [10.27.14]
Brjann Sigurgeirsson reveals how he and the team at Image & Form stumbled through the process of making SteamWorld Dig a multi-platform hit in this GDC Europe 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Sunset Overdrive design challenges laid bare at GDC 2015  
by Staff [10.27.14]
GDC 2015 attendees have the opportunity to learn about the development of Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac game designer Liz England, who will speak at length during next year's March conference.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Blog: Legally speaking, how close can you get without cloning? 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.27.14]
"With the $10,000 raised by the project, there just doesn’t seem to be much left over in the budget to fight a long legal battle. We won’t know until it happens, however."
Indie, Design

Game jam postmortem: Suddenly, Thousands  
by Gamasutra Community [10.24.14]
"Honestly, I'm really satisfied with Suddenly, Thousands for the time I spent on it. However, I had a few easily avoidable slip-ups that I need to be careful next time I attend events like these."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

New social issue games tackle education, big pharma Exclusive 26
by Leigh Alexander [10.24.14]
Subaltern Games' No Pineapple Left Behind and Twice Circled's Big Pharma are two new games that represent a humorous, provocative approach to social issues.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast on Shadow of Mordor 3
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra's Mike Rose grabs two British developers -- Thomas Was Alone and Volume creator Mike Bithell, plus Gun Monkeys and Privates dev Dan Marshall -- to talk about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

On that incredible demo from the maker of Papers, Please... Exclusive 7
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope released an early build of his next game this week, and spoke to Gamasutra about the genesis of its remarkable mechanics and '1-bit' visual style.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Infinifactory and the next generation of the 'Minecraft genre' Exclusive 9
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Zach Barth about Infinifactory, and how he's attempting to build the next-generation for the block-building genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: The Super Meat Boy postmortem 45
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [10.22.14]
Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash indie hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that led to the remarkably successful retro revitalization.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing educational games that grow up with the child  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"As we work with developers around the globe, we’ve come to understand that the most successful games for kids are a balance of both education and fun, but also stretch a child to reach the next level."
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design

Video blog: 10 things you need to know about game dev 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
Beginners come into the industry starry-eyed at the possibilities before meeting the hard realities. This video presentation from educator Lewis Pulsipher is designed to deliver those truths.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Game Design Deep Dive: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 4
by Teddy Lee [10.22.14]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Deep Dive