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Inside the PlayStation 4 With Mark Cerny 74
by Christian Nutt [04.24.13]
When the PlayStation 4 was announced, lead system architect Mark Cerny called out its "supercharged PC architecture" -- but what does that mean? Gamasutra spoke to Cerny at length, and this article details precisely what the hardware is capable of.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Console/PC

Programmer, Interrupted 17
by Chris Parnin [04.22.13]
There are many distractions at work, and unfortunately, our understanding of interruption and remedies for restoring focus are not too far from homeopathic cures and bloodletting leeches. But what is the evidence, and what can we do about it?
Programming, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive

A Journey to Monaco: Andy Schatz Looks Back 9
by Mike Rose [04.18.13]
The developer of the IGF grand prize winner reflects on the game, almost four years in the making -- recounting his personal struggles, his business problems, and the solutions he's learned over the course of making the game.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview, Indie

Postmortem: Overhaul Games' Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 6
by Trent Oster [04.15.13]
How did a PC classic get reborn as a multiplatform "enhanced edition"? Founding BioWare developer Trent Oster takes us behind the scenes of the development of the Baldur's Gate remake, and all of its complications.
Postmortem, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Making a Game the Nintendo Way - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 7
by Christian Nutt [04.12.13]
Nintendo will work on games for a long time before it's ready to ship, making sure that the gameplay is polished, fun, and surprising. This Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon interview gets to the bottom of the process.
Design, Programming, Production, Interview, Console/PC

Behind the Scenes of the Paragon Studios Shutdown 31
by Chris Morris [04.10.13]
The 2004 MMO City of Heroes shut down late last year, but there was an abortive attempt by studio personnel to buy the game from publisher NCsoft and keep it running -- and Gamasutra brings you that story now.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Social/Online

The Designer's Notebook: Three Problems for Interactive Storytellers, Resolved 56
by Array [04.08.13]
Building on his PhD research, Gamasutra's longtime columnist explores the ways in which game narrative is still problematic, testing theories and solutions, and offering potential suggestions based on years of research and thought.
Design

Why are We Still Talking about LucasArts' Old Adventure Games? 32
by Frank Cifaldi [04.05.13]
What was it about the environment at Lucasfilm Games during the golden age of its graphical adventure games in the 80s and 90s? Why are we still talking about those games today? We polled our development community.
Design, Interview, Console/PC, Exclusive, History

Postmortem: Q-Games' Pixeljunk 4am 6
by Rowan Parker [04.03.13]
The postmortem of the IGF-nominated interactive music title for PlayStation Network which was originally printed in Game Developer magazine -- complete with new up-to-date commentary from the game's developers.
Audio, Design, Postmortem, Production, Indie

ANGELINA: The Computer Program that Designs Games 37
by Joe Martin [04.01.13]
Michael Cook of London Imperial's Computational Creativity Group has created an AI that can design its own games. As the tech forges ahead at a phenomenal pace, Joe Martin queries the underlying philosophy of it all.
Design