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Dive deep into the design of Subnautica at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.14.19]
Everyone's talking about Unknown Worlds' space scuba sim Subnautica, so make sure you don't overlook a special session at this year's GDC that affords you a unique perspective on the game's design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: What happens when your UI is the game? 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.19]
The sci-fi MMO Prosperous Universe is played entirely through a futuristic user interface. Read about our initial inspirations, the challenges we faced, and the solutions we came up with.
Design, Production

Blog: A simple format to archive design decisions 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.19]
How we keep an archive of decision-making within the design documentation with the help of a few simple icons.
Design

Was classic JRPG grind that bad?: An in-depth analysis 12
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.19]
Game designer Radek Koncewicz times various gameplay elements in JRPGs from the fourth console generation. Was the random encounter grind really that bad?
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Dusk Of The Bandersnatch Game Jam  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.13.19]
This week's highlights include pieces on formidable '90s-style first-person shooter Dusk, the classic '80s game that inspired the Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch, and 2018's best 'game jam' games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Double Fine approaches rapid prototyping to create games  
by Staff [01.11.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, Double Fine's Nathan Martz, Brad Muir, Lee Petty and Tim Schafer explain the inspiration and ideas behind their rapid prototyping process (dubbed the Amnesia Fortnight).
Console/PC, Design, Video

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Sucker Punch, Within, Skydance, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [01.11.19]
Studios across the globe are looking for engineers, designers, programmers, animators, artists, and more right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [01.11.19]
How going "old-school" with game saves -- they're manual! -- created a sorely-needed sense of tension in Creative Assembly's first-person horror-shooter Alien: Isolation.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Applying level flow in games like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.19]
The past few months I have been doing research in the level flow and environment design in games like, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us. This blog will discuss my findings.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Growing the conversation on game design 12
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.19]
Despite how it has come to define this industry, the study of game design for a lot of people continues to be discounted, and it's time for that to change.
Design

Video: Creating the characters and world of Mafia III
by Staff [01.10.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk, Hangar 13's William Harms discusses how the team used real history to inform Mafia III's characters and overarching narrative
Console/PC, Design, Video

GDC is the place to be if you want to sharpen your VR game dev skills!  
by Staff [01.10.19]
If you want to level up your skills and make better, more successful virtual reality experiences, this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is where you want to be!
VR, Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: HELLCOUCH  
by Joel Couture [01.10.19]
HELLCOUCH has players playing with seating arrangements, "performing the sacred butt ritual" in order to free a demon from a couch.
Indie, Design, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Go inside the design of Supercell's new hit game Brawl Stars at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.10.19]
Between Clash of Clans and Clash Royale the folks at Finnish game dev Supercell have proved they've got serious game design chops, and at GDC you'll get to see how they've built their latest hit!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Blog: A look at the virtual cities of Grim Fandango  
by Chris Kerr [01.10.19]
An excerpt from the forthcoming Virtual Cities atlas taking a closer look at Grim Fandango's Rubacava.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Direction tools for writing in-game dialogue  
by Gamasutra Community [01.10.19]
We present some concepts that might enrich your available toolset when writing and designing in-game dialogue, mostly inspired by comic design.
Design, Production

More than a throwback: How Dusk nails the best parts of 90s FPS games  
by John Harris [01.10.19]
After years in development including a period in Early Access, Dusk finally hit full release a month ago. We talked to creator, programmer, level builder and game designer David Szymanski about this successful Quake homage.
Console/PC, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Table44  
by Joel Couture [01.09.19]
Table44, a table of shimmering colors and song, looks to bring players together through its dazzling light show and accessible design.
Indie, Design, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Blog: A guide for optimizing audio imports in Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.09.19]
Freelance game audio designer Zander Hulme has put together a guide that explains how to use Unity's audio import settings to improve game performance.
Programming, Audio, Design

Berlin museum opens exhibition exploring the queer history of games  
by Chris Kerr [01.09.19]
The major exhibition will encompass over 30 years of media history, and will spotlight playable titles, concept art, fan-made mods, and documents from notable online communities.
Design, Production