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Designing and developing a location-based mobile RPG 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
"While playing in the car, the game layers real-world data including weather, time of day, and everything you pass on the road -- like streets, schools, buildings, parks, lakes and popular locations -- on top of the fantasy world."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

GDC Next adds talks on Shroud of the Avatar, Wooga's 'Hit Filter'  
by GDC Staff [08.26.14]
Shroud of the Avatar developer Starr Long gives crowdsharing advice and Wooga exec Sebastian Kriese reveals how his company's proven "Hit Filter" strategy works at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC in November.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Clash of Clans vs. Boom Beach: The hook 12
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
Two Supercell games, but they have very different first time user experiences. This post contrasts what the mega-popular Finnish mobile developer changed when it made its latest game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Gods Will Be Watching and the question of fun 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
"Gods Will Be Watching makes a lot of experiments with the form and I am very happy that they did so. Sadly, not all of them paid off."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: Building the AI for Hearthstone 5
by Staff [08.25.14]
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 took the stage to deliver a thorough, frank presentation on the AI design of Hearthstone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How 80 Days redefines the mobile text adventure Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.25.14]
One mobile game single-handedly changed the way Gamasutra's Mike Rose thinks about text-based adventure games: 80 Days from Inkle Studios, a non-linear tale of Phileas Fogg's famous journey.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: The perfect game character 14
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
"At one point maybe these alpha males and turbo girls were fulfilling a need, but not any more. The players of games today are as diverse as ever and we must represent, not the minority, but the actuality of players."
Console/PC, Art, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Ageism to the Downfall of Neopets 9
by Mark Filipowich [08.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Mark Filipowich on topics ranging from the economic downturn of Neopets to ageism in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Game feel tips: Speed, gravity, friction 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
"If there’s anything in the world that is capable of moving me into instant tears, it's stiff movement in your video game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Why make a game a week?: Learning game development in public Exclusive 6
by Leigh Alexander [08.25.14]
Adriel Wallick has been making a game a week for some 38 weeks, and shares what she's learned in the liberating exercise -- and how a willingness to be vulnerable can help improve one's design practice.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC Europe

From the Gold Box to a new golden age 15
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
On how the classics pay it forward: "I am taking the elements I think are worthwhile (the gold) from ‘90s era RPGs and bringing it to a modern context."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

RPG balancing wisdom from an Obsidian veteran 3
by Christian Nutt [08.22.14]
How do you tweak an RPG to make it the best experience for players it can be? Obsidian's Josh Sawyer offers a look inside the process.
Console/PC, Design

Making Formula 1 accessible with Motorsport Manager Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
There's a mobile game crashing through the App Store paid charts right now -- and you might be surprised to hear that it's a Formula 1 simulation game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: How Girls Make Games aims to shake up the industry Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [08.22.14]
With help from sponsors and the expertise of Tim Schafer, Kellee Santiago and Tracy Fullerton, the Girls Make Games program has launched to resounding success, helping young girls learn game-making.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Narrative and the MDA framework 5
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"Narrative can drive aesthetics by providing a general set of feelings you want to evoke, but it’s a mistake to write a full story at the start."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Evolution of MMO maps: Moving bases 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"Astro Lords: Oort Cloud allows players to constantly move their bases. This blog outlines the opportunities and challenges it creates for game design, and the consequences it has on processing power and hardware needs."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Game design is the meta-medium 15
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"What does philosophy say about art? What does it say about games? How do games fit into the world of art? I want to ask and answer these questions for their own sake."
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Indie game dev advice and inspiration 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
A collection of advice from indie game luminaries. Now that you're making your own games, what should you do? These quotes and articles help keep things in perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tribe hopes to foster a new genre of games with Velvet Sundown Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [08.22.14]
What if an adventure game was multiplayer? Tribe Games has spent four years building a platform that can answer that question, and now its hoping to kickstart a new genre of drama games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Exclusive, Video

Monzo attempts to bring model kit construction to your mobile Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.21.14]
Following gory titles like Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, Madfinger Games is now building a game about... model kits.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video