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Don't Miss: How to design for horror, from SOMA dev Frictional Games Exclusive 5
by Kris Graft [09.22.15]
As Frictional's psychological sci-fi horror title, SOMA hits shelves, find out how the studio learned to manipulate fear by throwing away the game design rulebook.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

How paying for content ratings is hurting devs who release in Europe Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [09.16.15]
Some indies pay $300-$1k per platform to get their digital console game PEGI-rated so they can release in Europe. How is this affecting European indie dev, and what is PEGI doing to change things?
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' Exclusive 18
by Thomas Grip [09.15.15]
Amnesia: The Dark Descent's "sanity meter" feature was born out of darkness. In this timeless feature, creative director Thomas Grip explains the evolution of the meter's design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Analysts react to Nintendo's new president Exclusive 2
by Chris Baker [09.14.15]
Analysts weigh in on Nintendo's appointment of former general director Tatsumi Kimishima to be their new president, replacing the irreplaceable Satoru Iwata
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Secrets of Mario level design from Nintendo's Hayashida Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [09.02.15]
In this classic interview, Koichi Hayashida, director of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS and Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii, shares some of Shigeru Miyamoto's secrets for engaging level design.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: What Metal Gear Solid 4 taught us about war economies Exclusive 6
by Zoran Iovanovici [09.01.15]
Writer Zoran Iovanovici examines Metal Gear Solid 4's polarizing relationship with the military-industrial complex and the war economy in this classic 2010 feature.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Making VR games reminds Infinity Ward expats of PS1 game dev glory days Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [09.01.15]
Reload Studios CEO James Chung chats with Gamasutra about what the L.A.-based studio staffed by former Call of Duty devs has learned about making virtual reality FPS games that don't make people sick.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: What Metal Gear Solid 3 taught us about hyperreal narrative Exclusive 4
by Zoran Iovanovici [08.31.15]
In this classic feature, writer Zoran Iovanovici reflects on Snake Eater's focus on deception and "the struggle to gain understanding in the sea of messages which may or may not be truth or reality."
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Classic Postmortem: Deadly Premonition Exclusive 2
by SWERY et al. [08.31.15]
The open world survival horror comedy game Deadly Premonition turns five this month. We celebrate by reprinting an exhaustive Game Developer magazine postmortem of this cult classic.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, GD Mag

How Heat Signature has shifted focus away from...heat signatures Exclusive 1
by Phill Cameron [08.28.15]
We talk to Tom Francis about what happened when the central mechanic of his game Heat Signature--the mechanic that he named the game after--ceased to be the central mechanic
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

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

How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers Exclusive 16
by Alex Wawro [08.27.15]
We often hear about how playing violent or otherwise disquieting games affects people, but how does the process of working on these projects affect developers? Gamasutra chats with a few to find out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Audio, Exclusive

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

Dont Miss: The quotable history of Nintendo's Virtual Boy Exclusive 18
by Frank Cifaldi [08.21.15]
As one of Nintendo's weirdest creations turns 20, take a trip down memory lane with our quotable history of Nintendo's evanescent Virtual Boy.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

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

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

How 'walking simulators' allow us to touch other worlds Exclusive 5
by Katherine Cross [08.14.15]
As the term "walking simulator" evolves, we'd do well to understand the appeal of such games. Science fiction, as it so often does, provides us with guidance.
Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: 10 seminal postmortems every developer should read Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [08.13.15]
These timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

How The Flame in the Flood builds tension through motion Exclusive 3
by Phill Cameron [08.12.15]
We talk to Forrest Dowling about how the pressure of constant movement works to elevate the survival genre in The Flame in the Flood.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How to make a Rapture Exclusive 10
by Christian Nutt [08.11.15]
Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room's new first-person experience is set in a quaint town where everyone's disappeared. Here, the developer talks about prototyping and delivering story-as-gameplay.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive