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Level design analysis: Gears of War's 'Knock Knock' 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.24.15]
"Crafting satisfying combat encounters is by no means a simple feat. Much can be learnt through analysing some of the best examples that are on offer." Here is one such in-depth analysis.
Console/PC, Design

Sympathy for the dragon drives Kamiya's development of Scalebound  
by Alex Wawro [08.21.15]
Gamasutra chats with PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya to learn a bit more about what passions influence his design of Scalebound, and how his long career in the game industry has shaped its development.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Death positivity in video games 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.15]
"In a sea of video games with tired death mechanics, itís interesting to look at what games are using death differently and how that is allowing players to really think about it."
Console/PC, Design

Darkest Dungeon dev lets players disable unwanted features 11
by Chris Kerr [08.21.15]
Darkest Dungeon developer Red Hook has responded to fan complaints by giving them the ability to disable unwanted gameplay features.
Indie, Design

How ChemCaper teaches kids chemistry, Final Fantasy-style 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.21.15]
"And contrary to popular belief, kids donít have anything against learning -- they just donít like to be bored while theyíre at it."
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Philosophy, God, and robots: Writing The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna 7
by Chris Baker [08.21.15]
Tom Jubert, a writer on indie projects like FTL, Penumbra, and The Swapper, describes what it was like to co-create the world of The Talos Principle and its followup DLC The Road to Gehenna
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Valuable design lessons you can learn from board games 3
by Staff [08.20.15]
Game designer Soren Johnson (Offworld Trading Company, Civilization IV) speaks at GDC 2014 about how (and why) board games should matter to video game developers.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The all-or-nothing postmortem of Frozenbyte's Trine 9
by Staff [08.20.15]
"Trine had a lot riding on it. If it would not be successful...debts would probably devour the company. But it was also a project full of potential -- Trine was to be the rebirth of Frozenbyte."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Subtext and the importance of feedback, in game narrative 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.15]
"When creating a story about intrigue, mystery and secrets, one of the most important aspects is subtext. It's what keeps the player on the edge through every bit of dialogue, detail and interaction."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video blog: Good once, good three times, or always good? 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.15]
"Robert Heinlein at one point says this about the nature of jokes: Funny once, funny twice, or always funny.' Think about it, itís true. And I think itís become true of games, as well."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Making the move from spare time to full time game development  
by Phill Cameron [08.20.15]
We talk to Heat Signature's Tom Francis about making the move from developing in his spare time to making it his full-time job.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

GDC Europe 2015 talks are now available on the GDC Vault  
by Staff [08.19.15]
GDC officials are happy to announce that the many talks delivered by game industry at experts at GDC Europe 2015 earlier this month in Cologne, Germany are now available to watch on the GDC Vault.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Everything I learned about dual-stick shooter controls 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.15]
"Dual-stick shooter controls should be a completely solved problem by now, shouldnít they? I was very surprised to realize that Iíd bang my head against walls to get everything up to an acceptable level of quality."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Rocket jumping in Rocket League Exclusive 7
by Dave Hagewood [08.19.15]
Psyonix founder Dave Hagewood explains how Rocket League's "rocket boost" mechanic started as a simple nitro button and wound up becoming a critical part of the game's acrobatic high-level play.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Deep Dive

IndieCade expands conference for 2015  
by Christian Nutt [08.18.15]
The popular independent development festival returns for a new year -- with a revamped conference track and a keynote from notable indies Naomi Clark, Nina Freeman, and Robert Yang.
Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Narrative lessons from Road Not Taken  
by Christian Nutt [08.18.15]
Spry Fox's Daniel Cook expounds on the narrative design of his "roguelike puzzle game about surviving lifeís surprises," Road Not Taken.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Letting players set their own difficulty 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.18.15]
"Unlike dynamic difficulty, these designs embody the ranges of challenge in missions, scenarios and systems -- and so are visible to the player."
Console/PC, Design

Danish dev Press Play wants players to help develop its next game  
by Chris Kerr [08.18.15]
Microsoft's Press Play is looking to open up its development process to the world with new "transparent development initiative."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

For Oculus, the future of VR game development lies in your hands Exclusive 9
by Alex Wawro [08.18.15]
Oculus aims to stand out from the pack by emphasizing "hand presence" -- touch and finger-tracking in VR -- as core to its game design philosophy. Gamasutra chats with CEO Brendan Iribe to learn why.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Classic Postmortem: Double Fine's Psychonauts GDMag Exclusive  
by Caroline Esmurdoc [08.17.15]
In honor of the classic game's tenth anniversary this week, we present the unedited Game Developer magazine postmortem of Double Fine's mind-bending platformer Psychonauts.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag