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Game design analysis: Silent Hills playable teaser P.T. 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
A blog that tackles how the "playable teaser" from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro makes players feel uneasy -- and where it draws its influences.
Console/PC, Design

Final Fantasy XV director: Game must be amazing or 'it's meaningless' 4
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
"Before I joined Square Enix, I always looked at Final Fantasy games as the benchmark for game consoles. Each new game showed what was possible on video game hardware."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: A crash course in design-related analytics  
by Staff [09.22.14]
Information is now everywhere. If you work for a large company or a publisher, someone is going to come to you with analytics, and you need to be able to understand them in order make proper use of them.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault, GDC, GDC Europe

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Do We Overuse the Term 'Interactive'? 1
by Lindsey Joyce [09.22.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from our overzealous use of the term 'interactivity' to whether games can exist sans politics.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Creating epic-scale games on an indie budget 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"While you’ll always face compromises, there is nothing stopping anyone from creating a vast, engaging, and epic-scale game on an indie budget."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: User interface iteration magic 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"Archmage Rises is a UI-heavy game, and the interface is core to the entire game experience. Proper software development methodology mandates that we take on the highest priority and risk items first."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

After 20 years working with VR, Jesse Schell speaks his mind Exclusive 36
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
He started working with VR in 1993, and professionally in 1995. Now he's making prototypes for the Oculus Rift and teaching students how to develop in VR. What does he think of the medium's future?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, VR

Procedural generation: By molecule or mythology 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"This post will help you choose the best 'zoom level' for your game. It’s part post-mortem, part raw idealism, and entirely intended to be just one way to think about design within a procedurally generated system."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Don't Miss: The Gamasutra community's game developer flashcards 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
Developers from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this quirky taxonomy of personalities and situations that you're likely to encounter if you spend much time in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

What does it mean to be a game dev and a parent? #DevParents 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"We parents should embrace our fate and use the rollercoaster of emotions which is accompanied by parenthood to our advantage to create games only we can come up with."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Keys to working with offsite writers  
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"Having offsite writers is crucial for our workflow, and I’ve compiled some best practices on how to manage the multiple personalities and work styles."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Making educational games for the younger you 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"During this convergence of opposing chapters in our lives, all of a sudden the boring term ‘educational game’ doesn’t seem to be the big YAWN it used to be."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Designing mobile games for thumbs in an era of giant screens 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"We can’t just treat screens in the 5.5” range simply as a scaled-up version of a smaller phone. Grips completely change, and with that, your interface might need to do so, as well."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Don't Miss: Building the AI for Hearthstone 5
by Staff [09.18.14]
The AI postmortem is a perennial high point for GDC's AI Summit, and GDC 2014 was no exception as former Blizzard engineer Brian Schwab delivered a frank talk on the AI design of Hearthstone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

GDC Next adds talks on Starcraft II and the secret life of ads  
by Staff [09.18.14]
Blizzard Entertainment's Jordan Womack joins speakers from MIT's Game Lab, the GameHeart mod project and the LiveRail ad platform at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Mistranslated worlds: Dark Souls, Wizardry, and accidental storytelling 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"There's not much of a plot to the player-controlled protagonist, but there's an incredible sense of depth and history to the setting itself. It's all very cohesive and consistent."
Console/PC, Design

Blog: 'Mobile VR' is much more about VR than mobile 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"What I do know is this: once it’s all released, it will stand for itself, and the players will quickly figure out what mobile VR is really good for."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VR

How to build the sprawling nightmare that is branching conversation 20
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"A brilliant conversation that looks like a tangled knot will drag your project down ... Spending hours trying to untangle your own work (or expecting colleagues to do so) isn't an efficient use of time."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 87
by Staff [09.17.14]
Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production