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Shadow of Mordor takes top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards 1
by Staff [03.04.15]
Monolith Productions' open-world action game netted the Game of the Year award this evening at the 15th annual GDC Awards, which also honored titles like Monument Valley and people like Brenda Romero.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Outer Wilds wins top honors at the 17th annual IGF Awards  
by Staff [03.04.15]
The celestial exploration game netted Team Outer Wilds the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game (and it's accompanying $30,000 cash award) at tonight's 17th annual IGF Awards.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Creative Assembly Brought Fear To Alien: Isolation Exclusive 3
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Alien: Isolation creative director Alistair Hope speaks at GDC 2015 about how Creative Assembly focused on building a horror game, not an action game, through deliberate design choices.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Weta Digital, Epic Games, and the future of film, games, and VR 1
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
Weta Digital head of R&D Alisdair Coull and Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri talk about the creation of the Smaug VR demo, the convergence of film and games art, and the opportunity for devs in VR.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, VR, GDC

Balance balls make better games? Tips from Swery65 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.04.15]
The always-spirited Swery65 offered a bevy of surprising and insightful development tips on everything from making better motion controls and creating more empathy to getting along with your team.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Carmack's perspective on the future of mobile VR game development Exclusive 5
by Alex Wawro [03.04.15]
Oculus CTO John Carmack spent nearly two hours today speaking to GDC attendees about the ups and downs of mobile VR development, and what developers can do to make better VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Hands-on: Full-room SteamVR highly-impressive, even as a prototype  
by Kris Graft [03.04.15]
Valve Software was on hand at Game Developers Conference 2015, doing behind-closed-door demos of full-room SteamVR, and even in prototype form, the company's offering is already impressive.
Console/PC, Indie, VR, GDC

Xbox's vision for a cross-platform future 2
by Simon Parkin [03.04.15]
Microsoft plans to create a single, unified platform for game developers with the forthcoming launch of Windows 10, which will have Xbox Live integration to allow for cross-play across devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Epic's Sweeney: Unreal Engine is at the epicenter of a graphics-intense future 10
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
At GDC this morning, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney gave a talk that essentially had one main point: As realtime, photorealistic graphics rise in importance, Unreal Engine will be at the forefront of that movement.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Unity won't be sold, and is planning for a VR future: John Riccitiello speaks 6
by Christian Nutt [03.04.15]
Unity's CEO holds court with Gamasutra, dismissing the possibility of an acquisition, charting the future of the engine, and talking about what sets the company apart. Oh, and yeah, he talks pricing.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sony's Project Morpheus release window announced  
by Kris Graft [03.03.15]
During Game Developers Conference week, Sony announced a commercial release date for its virtual reality headset, codenamed Project Morpheus.
Business/Marketing, GDC

The secrets behind This War of Mine's emotional impact Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
11 Bit Studios Pawel Miechowski talks about how disrupting players' expectations, studying their decision-making process and creating opportunities to imagine helped make This War of Mine acclaimed and impactful.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive, GDC, IGF

Writing presence: How good storytelling helps a VR game feel real Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
It's hard enough to make a VR game that's comfortable and satisfying to play for extended periods of time; how do you tell a good story in the process -- and why should you bother?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

The rise of games you (mostly) don't play 21
by Simon Parkin [03.03.15]
"Idle games," or games that virtually play themselves, are a nascent genre that sometimes become unexpectedly popular. Anthony Pecorella with Kongregate explains.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Space Oddity: Deconstructing the curious design of Gravity Ghost Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
Ivy Games' lush 2D space physics puzzler Gravity Ghost wears its nonviolent nature on its sleeve, but creator Erin Robinson says it has its roots in one of the earliest shooters ever made: Asteroids.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

Narrative tips for mobile games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [03.03.15]
Veteran multimedia narrative designer Christy Marx offers key takeaways from her experience with Zynga's CastleVille for telling stories in mobile games, with all their challenges and limitations.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Unity focuses on small teams doing big things at its GDC event 1
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
Unity's GDC press conference was geared toward not just showcasing Unity 5, but marrying the company's longtime message of democratized development with a focus on how damn good Unity games can look.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Exploring what it takes to make a funny game Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Why is comedy in games so rare -- and so hard to get right? Developer Zoe Quinn took the stage at GDC today to explore the topic and offer fellow developers a few potential ways to make funny games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, GDC

What to do before you start building a free-to-play game Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Ethan Levy explores better ways to design F2P games and reminds F2P developers to be as rigorous in their business design as their are about their game design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

How Divinity: Original Sin resurrected a fallen series Exclusive  
by Simon Parkin [03.02.15]
At GDC 2015, Swen Vincke, creative director of the critically acclaimed co-op role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin, described how the game brought Larian Studios back from the brink of disaster.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC