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Video: Indie dev tips on picking projects, or, 'pro strats for pre-pre-production'  
by Staff [08.17.17]
Finji Games cofounder Adam Saltsman takes the stage at GDC 2016 to give a talk about how to decide what game you should be making before you start.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Making better games through neuroscience-- and good UX  
by Staff [08.16.17]
Epic Games' Celia Hodent takes the stage at GDC 2015 to talk about how game designers can leverage neuroscience to design better games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the process (and philosophy) of animating Cuphead  
by Staff [08.15.17]
At GDC 2017, StudioMDHR's Jake Clark (an animator and designer on the game) took the stage to break down how Cuphead's vibrant visuals are created, as well as the studio's philosophy of design.
Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Making exploration rewarding in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  
by Staff [08.14.17]
Eidos Montreal's Clemence Maurer speaks at GDC 2017 about how Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's hub city of Prague was thoughtfully laid out to reward players for exploring its nooks and crannies.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Naughty Dog gets realistic performances out of animated characters  
by Staff [08.11.17]
At GDC 2017 Naughty Dog's Ryan James gets into the "chewy" details of how Naughty Dog designs, captures, and implements character narratives and performances in games like Uncharted 4.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Jesse Schell's guide to great game studio management 1
by Staff [08.10.17]
Schell Games chief Jesse Schell takes to the stage at GDC 2015 to deliver a frank breakdown of what's involved with being a great manager in games, sharing six actionable bits of advice in the process.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How continuous world generation works in No Man's Sky  
by Staff [08.09.17]
at GDC 2017 Hello Games' Innes McKendrick explains how the game works, focusing on techniques used to generate planets and the supporting structures allowing this to happen continuously in real-time.
Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Producing cinematic dialogue for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1
by Staff [08.08.17]
At GDC 2016 CDPR's Piotr Tomsinski takes the stage to break down how the studio designed and implemented dialogue in its non-linear open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: The rise and fall of Flash games -- A postmortem 1
by Staff [08.07.17]
With Flash on the way out, Kongregate's John Cooney takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a postmortem of Flash games and the Flash game dev community in general.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned from making a multiplayer VR game engine
by Staff [08.04.17]
At GDC 2017 Unity's Liz Mercuri showcases how she used new VR tools and tech to build her own engine: the Horror Engine, a multiplayer VR game engine created entirely from C++ libraries.
VR, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Peter Molyneux walks through the making of Black & White  
by Staff [08.03.17]
Looking back at this GDC 2000 keynote from Molyneux offers insight into how games were made & talked about at the turn of the millennium, as well as perspective on how the game industry has grown.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: 5 proven designers share their personal game dev tricks  
by Staff [08.01.17]
At GDC 2016, five accomplished game designers (Liz England, George Fan, Michael de Plater, Lee Perry, and Emily Short) share a favorite rule of thumb they use when designing their own games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Bending physics engines to your will for fun and profit  
by Staff [07.31.17]
At GDC 2015 QWOP creator Bennett Foddy shares tips for eliminating those dreaded 'floaty physics' without causing instabilities -- along with some weird tricks for abusing physics engines.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Dots dev offers tips on making maximum use of minimal UI
by Staff [07.28.17]
At GDC 2017 Playdots' (Dots, Two Dots) Margaret Robertson through a set of design principles that show how simple visual elements can be brought to life through thoughtful implementation.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Beyond Ageism -- Developing VR games for an older audience  
by Staff [07.26.17]
At GDC 2017 Miami University's Bob De Schutter draws from his own and third-party research with older players to discuss the potential of VR technology to entertain older audiences.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Video: (Opportunity) cost-effective marketing & PR for indie devs  
by Staff [07.25.17]
At GDC 2017 experienced indie game PR wizard Chris Dwyer gives indie devs with limited financial, mental and time budgets a few good (and more importantly efficient) marketing & PR strategies.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Animating pups, boars & other quadrupeds in The Flame in the Flood  
by Staff [07.24.17]
At GDC 2017 The Molasses Flood's Gwen Frey, sole animator on The Flame in The Flood, discusses how to rapidly generate triple-A quadruped locomotion as an indie dev.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Avoiding the scourge of 'evil data' in playtesting  
by Staff [07.21.17]
At GDC 2017, indie dev Adriaan de Jongh shares all the "evil data" he gathered in 6 years of playtesting 8 games and offers practical advice for playtesting your game effectively.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Shigeru Miyamoto's classic 1999 GDC keynote  
by Staff [07.20.17]
In this classic video, restored from the GDC archives, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto speaks to his fellow game makers as part of his keynote address at the 1999 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Video, Vault

Video: Practical tips on how (and why) to focus your indie dev career  
by Staff [07.19.17]
At GDC 2017 indie dev Jenn Sandercock breaks down how, just like a game jam theme, a set of constraints can help guide your overall career as an indie developer in the direction you want to go.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault