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Video: Stanford seminars examine the societal impact of games  
by Alex Wawro [03.31.15]
Stanford is publicly sharing videos from its Interactive Media & Games Summit, an ongoing series of open lectures on how games intersect with art, healthcare, education and other aspects of society.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: Axiom Verge creator discusses Metroidvania design Exclusive 1
by Christian Nutt [03.31.15]
Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ digs into how and why he went about designing his game as a love letter to the genre pioneered by Super Metroid, and what room remains for other designers to explore.
Indie, Design, Exclusive

Remaking Gabriel Knight: A 20th-anniversary postmortem  
by Katie Hallahan [03.31.15]
This in-depth postmortem tackles the new remake of Gabriel Knight: "we wanted to make sure we did it right -- that this game got the love, attention and hard work it richly deserved."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New Twine game simulates life as a AAA game writer 4
by Alex Wawro [03.30.15]
Developer Matthew S. Burns has written a Twine game about writing for big-budget games that sheds light on what it might feel like to be in the narrative hotseat during a AAA game design meeting.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Call for Blogs: MOBAs, from design to business, and onward 5
by Christian Nutt [03.30.15]
The MOBA genre has blossomed into forms both PC and mobile, and influenced the design of other genres -- and their business models. We want to know how and why.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Remembering LucasArts' groundbreaking Maniac Mansion 6
by Frank Cifaldi [03.30.15]
Ron Gilbert shares an "odd collection of memories" about the making of 1987's Maniac Mansion, the influential point-and-click adventure that began what many consider a golden era at Lucasfilm Games.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The undying allure of the Metroidvania Exclusive 18
by Christian Nutt [03.30.15]
From Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ to Symphony of the Night's Koji Igarashi, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to a swath of developers about the timeless appeal of the "Metroidvania" genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Games, stories, and words: Can we bridge the divide in our debate? 7
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.15]
"Everyone seems to have an opinion with regards to the complicated relationship between stories and games. People fight about it often, and they’ve been fighting about it for a long time."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Strategy game UI dos and don'ts 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.15]
"Thinking more about it and what makes a good UI, I return back to Rise of Nations, and how it really was and still is ahead of its time, with one of the best UIs I've seen."
Console/PC, Design

The History of Captain Forever Exclusive 10
by Farbs [03.30.15]
Veteran indie games developer Farbs details the checkered history of his Captain Forever series of games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #4: Who in the world is 'Richard Lemarchand'?  
by Staff [03.27.15]
Relive GDC 2015 through the magic of podcasting! Special guests include IGDA's Kate Edwards, Harmonix creative director Matt Boch, and an impromptu appearance by a man named Richard Lemarchand.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

10 can't-miss video postmortems from the GDC Vault  
by Alex Wawro [03.27.15]
From Steamworld Dig to Shenmue, this collection of video postmortems covers a variety of games. What they have in common is that they're free to watch, and can't-miss viewing.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Get a job: Sucker Punch seeks a Narrative Writer  
by Staff [03.27.15]
InFamous developer Sucker Punch is seeking a narrative writer for "story development, game dialogue, and general narrative contribution" to the company's new project.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure 27
by Mike Stout [03.27.15]
Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into eight different beats, and runs two notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Free-to-play: What about player skill? 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.15]
"Those 'near misses' keep the player feeling like they can beat the level, they just need to play a few more times or convert. With higher player skill, this becomes much more difficult to achieve."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Traffic systems in Cities: Skylines Exclusive 7
by Antti Lehto, Damien Morello, Karoliina Korppoo [03.27.15]
Colossal Order launched Cities: Skylines earlier this year to remarkable acclaim. Here, the developers explain how they went about designing and coding the city builder's robust traffic systems.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

User experience insights: Criminal Case 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
How could the popular casual title's UX be improved? This post by a Gameloft UX designer takes a critical look at the hit, and offers suggestions for making it better.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design

Putting a fake nose in your VR game may make it less nauseating 25
by Alex Wawro [03.26.15]
Researchers at Purdue University believe that rendering a virtual nose in your first-person virtual reality game can help extend the amount of time people can play it without feeling sick.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Successful principles of an indie game bottom feeder 46
by Jeff Vogel [03.26.15]
Going indie? Find an underserved niche audience, "accept what you can't change, be as awesome as you can, charge what you're worth, and stand proud," writes Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Level design for melee combat systems: Talking to the experts 8
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
On combat, with God of War's Alex Sulman, DmC: Devil May Cry's Rahni Tucker, The Last of Us' Anthony Newman, Aztez's Ben Ruiz, Dead Island 2's Daniel Nordlander, Killzone's Doug Walker, and others.
Console/PC, Indie, Design