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Blog: Drawing inspiration from a global community of game devs  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.18]
For me, the best thing about game conferences is meeting fellow developers from around the world and hearing their stories. Here's why I value those interactions above all else.
Design

Blog: Making strategy games interesting to read  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.18]
In a strategy game reading is the process of parsing the information on the board, allowing players to identify threats and opportunities. This article can help you make that text interesting to read.
Design

Building the boss fights of X-Morph: Defense - Part 1  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.18]
This article is the beginning of the series in which we will describe the design and implementation of boss fights in X-Morph:Defense.
Design

Why the Cultist Simulator devs built their Lovecraftian game on a house of cards  
by Carli Velocci [05.22.18]
Cultist Simulator devs Alexis Kennedy and Lottie Bevan speak to the highs and lows of designing games around cards, the value of a minimalist interface, and walking the tightrope of indie game dev.
Indie, Design

Video: The combat design of DOOM 1
by Staff [05.21.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, id Software's Kurt Loudy & Jake Campbell go into the philosophy behind the combat design of 2016's DOOM and its implementation.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Game design beyond screens and joysticks - Part 1  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.18]
Tatiana Vilela dos Santos is an indie designer and digital artist making games with special interfaces, and she wants to talk about game design beyond the world of screens and joysticks.
Design

Microsoft calls on community to help make Xbox more accessible
by Chris Kerr [05.21.18]
The console maker plans to run an 'idea drive' on its new Xbox Ideas site dedicated to ease of access across the Xbox ecosystem. 
Design

Blog: How we created a bullet hell brawler  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.18]
In this article I talk about my effort to bring together two, somewhat incompatible, game types into a single game.
Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Secret Of Harry's Binding  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.20.18]
This week's highlights include a gigantic video on the seminal The Secret Of Monkey Island, a look at Harry Potter vs. Fortnite in the mobile arena, and the future of The Binding Of Isaac, among many others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch Scavenger Studio discuss making Darwin Project a watchable game 1
by Bryant Francis [05.18.18]
Lead developers Simon Darveau and Keane Tan discuss the process of making 'watchable' multiplayer games while we stream Darwin Project.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Microsoft's next Halo game is an arcade cabinet  
by Emma Kidwell [05.18.18]
Microsoft announced yesterday that its next game in the Halo franchise is actually an arcade-exclusive light-gun shooter titled Halo: Fireteam Raven.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: A study into procedural generation and replayability
by Gamasutra Community [05.18.18]
Continuing our study on replayability, it's time for a quick refresher on the difference between randomly and procedurally generated content.
Design, Production

Blog: Break the loop and improve your game  
by Gamasutra Community [05.18.18]
Growth and change come from breaking out of our loops, for games and their stories this can be hard. But not all change has to be related to the gameplay loop. There are other ways to express it.
Design

Adding and computing online skill rankings for Inversus Deluxe  
by Gamasutra Community [05.18.18]
Game dev Ryan Juckett offers a fascinating deep dive the online skill ranking system of Inversus Deluxe, covering everything from the low-level math up to the user presentation.
Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: The visual development of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes  
by Staff [05.17.18]
In this GDC 2013 sponsored session, Hideo Kojima and members of Kojima Productions discuss the workflow and development of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Level design basics from a Call of Duty modder turned pro 5
by Staff [05.17.18]
Treyarch's Muhammad Ayub talks about the different design elements and considerations that go into creating a quality multiplayer map for a first-person shooter like Call of Duty.
Console/PC, Design

Opinion: Can World of Warcraft 'stat squish' its XP levels? 3
by Katherine Cross [05.17.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross checks in on the state of Blizzard's aging MMORPG titan and asks: 'Why not simply hit the reset button and make the new level cap...60 once again?'
Social/Online, Design

Blog: Cultural approaches to horror game design  
by Gamasutra Community [05.17.18]
An analysis of the different approaches developers in the Far East and West take when it comes to designing horror games.
Design

Microsoft launches Xbox Adaptive Controller to make games more accessible 1
by Chris Kerr [05.17.18]
Earlier this week the internet was hit with leaked photos of an all new, accessible Xbox One controller, and now Microsoft has officially lifted the lid on the device. 
Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The importance of a strong visual identity 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.17.18]
This week I woke up to news feeds announcing a new trailer for Bethesda's Rage 2, and after watching it, it really got me thinking again about the importance of creating a strong visual identity for your game.
Design