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Uncovering innovation in the hidden picture genre Exclusive 2
by Bryant Francis [07.31.15]
Serbian studio Eipix proves that there's a lot of innovation happening right now in the genre known as HOPA (hidden object puzzle adventures). You just have to know where to look for it...
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

The difficulty with game difficulty: Advice from the 2015 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [07.30.15]
Looking for advice on how to tackle game difficulty? Klei Entertainment designer and programmer James Lantz offers a slew of practical advice on the topic, in our free-to-download Game Career Guide.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

How a ragtag band of modders restored Star Wars KOTOR II Exclusive 8
by Bryant Francis [07.29.15]
How a ragtag band of rebel modders fleshed out crucial missing sequences in Obsidian's Knights of the Old Republic II, and how that material came to be incorporated into the official Steam version of the game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Street Fighter for Designers: Top 8 Lessons from Evo 2015 Exclusive 4
by Patrick Miller [07.27.15]
The Evo Championship Series gives game designers a chance to see how fighting games try to create a rich, rewarding and diverse competitive play space. (And how players try to break it)
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Chris Crawford advises devs: 'Don't settle for the same old crap' Exclusive 10
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
23 years after he charged out of the game industry with sword held high, Chris Crawford is still trying to revolutionize game development. Now, if he has his way, the revolution will be patronized.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Exclusive

What Yoko Ono's art teaches us about video games Exclusive  
by Katherine Cross [07.23.15]
Yoko Ono's brilliant performance art pieces were designed to be interactive and impermanent, ensuring that each audience member had their own unique experience of them.
Indie, Serious, Art, Design, Exclusive

Could Dota 2's new mod tools spawn a Dota-killer? Exclusive 4
by Phill Cameron [07.22.15]
We talk to Greg Kasavin of Supergiant games, and Awesomenauts creators Ronimo games about the potential of Dota 2's custom games scene.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The striking sound design of Journey Exclusive 14
by Steve Johnson [07.21.15]
Sound designer Steve Johnson breaks down his work on thatgamecompany's remarkable Journey, providing samples from the game to elucidate each of his points about what makes a game sound great.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Exclusive

What's next for Nintendo? Industry analysts weigh in Exclusive 7
by Chris Baker [07.20.15]
How will the death of Nintendo's CEO and president change the future of the company? How can they possibly replace him? We asked several industry analysts for their take.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The ups and downs of doing online multiplayer as an indie Exclusive 14
by Mike Rose [07.17.15]
Including online multiplayer is a tricky challenge, particularly for small teams. In this 2014 feature, Gamasutra speaks to indies who've been in the trenches to get their take on how to do it right.
Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

'Why bet on an IP like Mirror's Edge?' Exclusive 6
by Kris Graft [07.17.15]
EA DICE general manager Patrick Bach has been thinking about the risk and opportunity that come with making a game that lands outside of the Battlefield franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Start your own game company right: Advice from the 2015 Game Career Guide Exclusive  
by Staff [07.16.15]
In this edition, the founder of MK-Ultra Games offers advice for fellow indie game makers starting their own companies: take it seriously, get your paperwork straight, and don't spend your own money!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: An oral history of developing Deus Ex Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [07.16.15]
15 years ago, Ion Storm Austin released the seminal cyberpunk game Deus Ex. Gamasutra speaks to some of its lead creators to learn more about how they developed it -- and what it did to them.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Dean Hall on his losing battle with the New Zealand government Exclusive 56
by Phill Cameron [07.16.15]
We talk to DayZ creator Dean Hall about his struggles to set up a studio in New Zealand, and the ensuing furor online when he Tweeted about his troubles.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

When numbers and narrative live in harmony Exclusive  
by Katherine Cross [07.15.15]
Hanako Games' visual novel Black Closet balances narrative with tabletop-style dice rolls without getting bogged down in a meaningless numbers game, says columnist Katherine Cross.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Postmortem: Technocrat's cyberpunk adventure game Technobabylon Exclusive  
by James Dearden [07.15.15]
James Dearden of Technocrat Games talks about the highs and lows developing Technobabylon, a classic 1990s-style cyberpunk adventure game that was five years in the making.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How to design effective co-op campaigns Exclusive 12
by Tim Keenan [07.14.15]
What does it take to implement meaningful co-op in your game? A Virus Named Tom developer Tim Keenan delves into the thorny issue, discussing his own challenges and triumphs in this 2012 feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive

7 crafting systems game designers should study Exclusive 12
by Bryant Francis [07.14.15]
A deep and rewarding crafting system is a central feature in an increasing number of hit games. Some of the most well-crafted crafting systems have a lot to teach all developers.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: How Iwata and Miyamoto shaped the future of Nintendo Exclusive 2
by Osamu Inoue [07.13.15]
In this classic 2010 excerpt from Nintendo Magic, author and reporter Osamu Inoue explains how Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto joined Nintendo and shaped the company's philosophy of game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Overhaul's Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition postmortem Exclusive 5
by Trent Oster [07.10.15]
What goes into remaking a classic PC game? Founding BioWare developer Trent Oster takes us behind the scenes of the development of the Baldur's Gate remake, and all of its complications.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive