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Blog: I went to the woods - Tracy Fullerton's Walden 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"Walden has been in development for nearly seven years, and it served as a centerpiece to Tracy Fullertonís musings on what game narrative is evolving towards."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Meridian: New World is a full-blown classic RTS - made by one person Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [04.18.14]
When Ede Tarsoly started development of Meridian: New World way back in July 2011, he had a main goal in mind: Create the perfect old-school styled real-time strategy game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Reminder: GDC Europe 2014 call for talks ends Monday  
by GDC Staff [04.18.14]
Don't miss the April 21 deadline to submit proposals for talks, roundtables and panel sessions at GDC Europe 2014, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Can we learn anything from strange old adventure games? 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
Leigh Alexander goes retro: "I'm interested in what happens if we apply the let's play format to unexpected titles -- strange old games, or design spaces with defunct or unconventional structures."
Console/PC, Design

Monetization analysis: Crytek's The Collectables 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"On the face of it, one would expect The Collectables to make a big splash on the iOS marketplace. Yet the game has failed to crack the top 200 grossing for iPhone or iPad in the US."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV Exclusive 10
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot Square Enix's failed MMO into an all-new project.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Fear and foreboding are design pillars in The Conjuring House Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [04.17.14]
Former Ubisoft Casablanca developers are tackling the survival horror genre with The Conjuring House. One of Rym Games' co-founders tells us how the studio plans to design for fear.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, Video

Developing Bioshock, 'everyone had something to prove' 3
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Eurogamer has published an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the development of Bioshock that includes interviews with lead team members like Jordan Thomas, Paul Hellquist and Ken Levine.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Glitchspace is a first-person programming game Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [04.17.14]
I've played pretty much every first-person puzzler under the sun, so it's rare to find a game that really throws me a curveball. Glitchspace is very much that curveball.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Blog: Game monetization design analysis - Clash of Clans 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
A look at how Clash of Clans' "well-designed core loop rewards players for being active and promises progress for each return session," based on the devs' own words.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Procedural, dynamic room generation 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
On making a game that evolves as the player plays: "The maps generated with this new technique were much more interesting to navigate, as well as connecting much more fluidly."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Can Zynga change? FarmVille 2 launches on mobile today 5
by Christian Nutt [04.17.14]
Zynga needs FarmVille 2, which launches today, to become its crown jewel on mobile -- but is that possible? Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to the developers to find out.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing for empathy, with Papo & Yo dev Minority Media Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [04.17.14]
For Vander Caballero, designer at Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, his style of games may need a label in order order to thrive.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

School of Dragons postmortem: Juggling PC and mobile dev on an MMO  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.14]
An in-depth look back at the development of School of Dragons, with an eye toward production process and live services -- and challenges hit when the game changed platforms during development.
Programming, Design, Production

GDC Europe 2014 opens registration, continues call for papers  
by GDC Staff [04.16.14]
You can now register early at a discounted rate to attend this year's GDC Europe, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13. Also, you still have time to submit talk proposals for the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

How I got into games: On delayed artistic expression 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.14]
On growing as a person and as a game developer: How mentors help, how creation helps, and how "self-confidence changes everything."
Console/PC, Art, Design

Blog: Cube & Star - An arbitrary postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"The game wasn't designed for sale or critical attention. It wasn't designed with any overt rules or goals. It was a zen little garden with which I could explore some concepts and enjoy the process of development."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Getting Oculus VR immersion right, with Please Don't, Spacedog! 2
by John Polson [04.15.14]
"Everyone else is doing immersion wrong," says Please Don't, Spacedog! developer G.P. Lackey. His game uses an Oculus and MIDI controller combination to confront players with unfamiliar territory.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Visualizing dynamic player behavior flow  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"Games can generate massive amounts of behavioral telemetry data... In this post we focus on in-game behavioral telemetry (gameplay telemetry) and one specific machine learning approach: clustering."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

The thinking behind the design: 1 turn = 1 year in Hero Generations 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"Very simply, rules and constraints in games are the engine that create challenge and choice. Making choices, and overcoming challenges are what lead to fun, 'a-ha' moments, and joy."
Console/PC, Indie, Design