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Dynamics of social platforms in mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [08.28.15]
"Though there may be some differences in specification and use cases, they share common aspects to meet users' same needs. How can we use those features in game design and user experience design?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Rocking the Wii U GamePad with Runbow Exclusive  
by Alex Rushdy, Thomas McCall [08.28.15]
13AM Games explains how it got the most out of the much-maligned GamePad with new Wii U-exclusive indie game Runbow -- and made the game more fun for everybody in the room.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Dishonored's Smith: It's not right that 'if you slaughter everybody... you're a hero' 13
by Christian Nutt [08.27.15]
Often discussed is the impact of violent games' on players. Less often discussed is the ultimate strangeness of violent games. In a new interview Harvey Smith tackles the issue.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: What Ubisoft learned from making Far Cry 2 15
by Chris Remo [08.27.15]
In this timeless feature, Ubisoft's Patrick Redding reflects on what the Far Cry 2 team learned during its 3-year development cycle, reflects on current industry trends that informed its development.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Games as art, and the time-waster: A look at 'Machinalism' 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.15]
"Machinalism is a game movement that triggers a very peculiar state of mind, somewhere between meditation and hypnotism, dead trapped in the moment of play."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Designing a jump in Unity 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.15]
"Cloud Critters is all about jumping. We decided early in the development of Cloud Critters that we wanted a jump with variable height and power -- something closer to Super Mario or Metroid."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Can World War I game Valiant Hearts be a history lesson? 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.27.15]
Could Ubisoft's World War I game Valiant Hearts be used in classrooms? A designer picks apart its suitability as a teaching aid from a variety of perspectives.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How The Witcher taught CD Projekt Red about RPG design 15
by Tom Curtis [08.26.15]
In this classic interview, key staffers from CD Projekt RED reflect upon The Witcher series, noting what went right, wrong, and how the games have affected the studio's plans for the years ahead.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Reminder: GDC 2016 call for submissions closes tomorrow!  
by Staff [08.26.15]
The call for proposals for Main Conference talks, roundtables and panel sessions for the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA ends tomorrow (8/27). Don't miss your deadline!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mechanics and characterization: A Remember Me boss fight analysis 2
by Katherine Cross [08.26.15]
Solid characterization can elevate a game. But as Capcom's Remember Me proves, a poorly conceived villain can undermine a great boss battle.
Console/PC, Design

Test your game designs as bulk simulations, with map/reduce  
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.15]
"it is crucial to verify that all starting scenarios provide an engaging flow from curiosity to thirst. Designers need to use a testing tool to exercise and evaluate more scenarios than is possible using manual testing."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

Into the asylum: A postmortem of Human Head Studios' Lost Within  
by Chris Rhinehart, Ryan Jackson [08.26.15]
A detailed, candid postmortem of the mobile horror game -- from concept to crunch and everything in between, this article tells the story of what it took to build Weatherby Asylum.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sega Networks is hiring a Unity Developer  
by Staff [08.25.15]
Handy with Unity? Sega Networks is looking to hire someone like you to join its Three Rings studio in San Francisco, CA and work alongside the team building new mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Video: Understanding why your game 'feels' bad (and how to fix it) 7
by Staff [08.25.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, indie developer Nicolae Berbece breaks down what we mean when we say a game "feels great" and rebuilds a bad-feeling death animation live, on stage, into one that feels satisfying.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Developers take to Twitter to share pithy game design tips  
by Alex Wawro [08.25.15]
An interesting smorgasbord of game design advice is accruing on Twitter today under #ShareAGameDesignTip as developers of varying experience levels, backgrounds and projects offer lessons learned.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

'Hooray for Hollywood': Warren Spector's vision for transmedia 12
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.15]
Warren Spector writes about his vision for collaborating with Hollywood creators -- where the paths should meet but also how the two media, movies and games, ultimately diverge.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Crucial lessons from 7 game jam prototypes that went commercial 6
by Bryant Francis [08.25.15]
Game jams aren't just a way to try out new ideas and unclog your creativity--they can also result in viable commercial products! We looked for lessons in several jam titles that made it to market.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Life lessons from Rocket League  
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.15]
"Lessons I feel that Rocket League can teach and how they might be applied to life. My examples are pretty skewed towards games development."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Valve uses Team Fortress 2 as a game dev guinea pig Exclusive 10
by Tom Curtis [08.24.15]
The seminal Team Fortress Quake mod is twenty years old this month, and now Team Fortress 2 has become a critical part of how Valve operates. In this classic feature, Valve's Robin Walker explains how.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: Tips on making believable VR games from a Project Morpheus dev 1
by Staff [08.24.15]
At GDC Europe 2015, Sony London (The Getaway, The London Heist) dev John Foster shared some of the studio's big takeaways from trying to create immersive VR experiences for Project Morpheus.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault