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Updates » Design
Blog: Evolving classic RTS interactions for VR - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.18]
Here's how we approached the challenge of letting players interact with their units when developing a virtual reality real-time strategy title.
Design

Blog: Object design for web-based games 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.18]
Many strong developers building their first web-based game quickly discover that constructing items is not an easy task. This post might help.
Design

Check out the pitch documents for the original Pokemon games  
by Chris Kerr [09.17.18]
The documents offer some interesting insights into the formative days of the now globally recognized franchise, including concept art, sprite designs, and map layouts.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Assassin's Creed III creative director explains how he'd update the remaster 1
by Chris Kerr [09.17.18]
For starters, he'd incorporate some of the optional side-missions into the main narrative, primarily because they help present a more well-rounded view of protagonist Connor.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Why I love physics-based games 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.18]
Independent video game developer Peter Stock explores how and why physics can provide enduringly fun gameplay.
Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating Falcon Age's feathered companion
by Outerloop Games [09.17.18]
Let’s do a deep dive of the design of the falcon, animation and rig setup, AI and navigation, feather tech, and raptor sounds.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Video: The iterative programming pipeline of Far Cry 4  
by Staff [09.14.18]
In this 2015 GDC talk, Ubisoft Montreal's Remi Quenin discusses game-changing improvements applied to the programming pipeline of Far Cry 4.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Long-running game dev interview series Don't Die now available in audio form  
by Emma Kidwell [09.14.18]
Interviews with game developers from the series Don't Die have been converted as audio and uploaded to YouTube, featuring discussions with individuals from experimental indies to triple-A vets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

XRDC speaker Q&A: Chris O'Connor and using AR & VR in the auto biz  
by Bryant Francis [09.14.18]
Zerolight's Chris O'Connor explains how the automotive industry is taking advantage of virtual reality technology in this Q&A for his upcoming XRDC talk.
VR, Design

Don't Miss: The strange, unresolved conflict in Animal Crossing 6
by Ian Bogost [09.14.18]
In this classic 2013 feature Ian Bogost explores how, through the years, Animal Crossing's overall themes remain constant: the strange, unresolved conflict between consumption and naturalism.
Console/PC, Design

Got a great idea for a VR/AR talk? Pitch it for GDC 2019's VRDC!  
by Staff [09.14.18]
Got a great AR/VR/MR talk in mind? If it has to do with games or entertainment in general, GDC 2019 is still accepting VRDC talk submissions -- but only until Friday, October 5th at 11:59 pm Pacific!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding the design of the 'magic circle' 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.14.18]
The magic circle is a magical world that players step into when entering the world of the game, and it is also very misunderstood from a design perspective.
Design

Head like a hole: The wisdom of Donut County dev Ben Esposito  
by Alex Wawro, Bryant Francis [09.14.18]
Ben Esposito spent six years of his life making a wonderful game about a hole that eats up a California county -- and he learned a lot along the way.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: The risky development of Sword & Sworcery  
by Staff [09.13.18]
In this classic GDC 2012 talk, Capy Games' Nathan Vella outlines the choices made by the team that helped one of the App Store's weirdest games become a critical and financial success.
Indie, Design, Video

Opinion: The dark allure of We. The Revolution  
by Katherine Cross [09.13.18]
Columnist Katherine Cross examines We. The Revolution, a gorgeous strategy-simulation game from Polish studio Polyslash that puts players in the role of a Revolutionary Tribunal during the French Revolution.
Indie, Design

Mobile marketplaces accused of publishing apps violating kids' privacy laws  
by Emma Kidwell [09.13.18]
An analysis by The New York Times examines a lawsuit filed by New Mexico’s attorney general claiming mobile game Fun Kid Racing violated a federal children’s privacy law.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Finding the balance between too little and too much to do in Destiny 2  
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.18]
“We found with Destiny 2 – and this is the case, I think, on any game – that players don’t want to be told when to stop playing.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Don't Miss: Creating Assassin's Creed III's memorable seafaring experience 4
by Staff [09.13.18]
One of the most impressive components in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III was the game's naval battles. Ubisoft Singapore's Hugues Ricour explains how the studio made that possible.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Designing a game without words  
by Gamasutra Community [09.13.18]
Lead artist Łukasz Sałata and chief designer Daniel Gizicki dig into the challenges of creating a game with no verbal communication.
Design

Pitch your exciting, insightful game UX talks for GDC 2019's UX Summit!  
by Staff [09.13.18]
GDC organizers are still accepting UX Summit talk submissions -- but only until Friday, October 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC