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Why you should participate in game jams 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.15]
Lots of reasons, including: "Making prototypes, you will find a lot of tools and tricks that you can use on later prototypes or full games because you already tried them and know what they are best suited for."
Indie, Production

Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids 29
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.15]
In this light-hearted 2014 post, a studio shares twenty "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Classic Postmortem: Ratchet & Clank GDMag Exclusive  
by Ted Price [11.27.15]
The PS2 platformer was released 12 years ago this month. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price wrote this detailed postmortem of the game's development for Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Don't Miss: Avalanche's model for video game boat physics 13
by Jacques Kerner [11.26.15]
In this 2014 feature Avalanche senior coder Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming piece.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Blog: The fanatic and his RPG 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.15]
"In early 2004, a middle-aged man with the Fallout-derived moniker 'Vault Dweller' wrote a brief forum post that began, 'Long story short, Iíve decided to make a game...' By late 2015, he had posted some 30,000 more messages."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Classic Postmortem: Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II GDMag Exclusive  
by Thomas Engel [11.26.15]
Factor 5's arcade-style action game was release 14 years ago this month. Here's an in-depth postmortem that first appeared in Game Developer magazine.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Solo iOS dev by an AAA vet: Lessons learned along the way 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.15]
"Swing Racers is a 3D racing game on iOS where you pull your car around the house with a rubber band -- the idea came from a dream I had. Hereís a write-up on the things Iíll do differently on the next project."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Classic Postmortem: Myth: The Fallen Lords GDMag Exclusive  
by Jason Regier [11.25.15]
Bungie's Myth: The Fallen Lords was published 18 years ago today. Check out this in-depth postmortem of the real-time tactics title from Game Developer magazine.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Blog: What engine do you use? 7
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.15]
"In game development, we are the beautiful well-respected people who look good doing what we do, and inspire aspiring developers to invest in the same brands."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

How one Unity 5 port threatened a studio's entire future  
by Chris Kerr [11.25.15]
"Doing episodic development on a story-driven and graphics-heavy game with a team of ten people is a harrowing task. I wouldnít recommend it to anyone."
Console/PC, Production

Testing your game? Test EVERYTHING else too!  
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.15]
"I already asked my testers for feedback, why not turn that into a dialogue? Heck, why not extend it further to other areas? Marketing and business development folks have been doing market testing for decade, after all."
Indie, Design, Production

Procedurally generating a narrative in Forest of Sleep 2
by Phill Cameron [11.24.15]
Ed Key and Nicolai Troshinsky of Twisted Tree Games are attempting to expand procedural generation into storytelling with their game Forest of Sleep.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Massive, 4,000-page Infocom design and biz archive posted online 2
by Christian Nutt [11.23.15]
The Internet Archive now offers 4,000 pages of archives from the storied 1980s game developer of classics like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get into the mix of Forza Motorsport 6's audio at GDC 2016  
by Staff [11.23.15]
GDC officials highlight a fresh pair of great GDC 2016 race day talks from Turn 10 Studios & Criterion devs about the tricks to making great racing games.
Console/PC, Audio, Production, GDC

Classic Postmortem: Star Wars Starfighter GDMag Exclusive  
by Chris Corry [11.23.15]
LucasArts' action-heavy space sim was released fourteen years ago. Here's an in-depth postmortem by the developers of the game that first appeared in Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Classic Postmortem: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune GDMag Exclusive 6
by Richard Lemarchand & Neil Druckmann [11.19.15]
Half-tucked hero Nathan Drake made his debut eight years ago today. Here's Naughty Dog's detailed postmortem that first ran in Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Steal that look: Skylanders dev shares rendering tips at GDC 2016  
by Staff [11.19.15]
As GDC 2016 draws nigh organizers announce two new graphics talks: one on mixed resolution rendering in Skylanders, the other on how to best use a super-limited color palette (think: black, white and red.)
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Production, GDC

Classic Postmortem: Tomb Raider: Underworld GDMag Exclusive 12
by Eric Lindstrom [11.18.15]
The eighth installment in the Lara Croft franchise was released seven years ago today. Here's Eric Lindstrom's in-depth postmortem from Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, History, GD Mag Exclusive

Don't Miss: Designing the rocket jumping in Rocket League 7
by Dave Hagewood [11.18.15]
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

A PC game for consoles: Remaking Divinity: Original Sin 1
by Kris Graft [11.18.15]
Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke explains the challenges of bringing PC RPG Divinity: Original Sin to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and has sound advice for studios looking to target the console market.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing