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Postmortem - Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension 11
by Whitney Wade, Chacko Sonny [06.19.13]
In this postmortem from the final issue of Game Developer, Sony Santa Monica senior producer Whitney Wade and director of internal development Chacko Sonny discuss bringing multiplayer to the God of War experience.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Programming, Production, Console/PC, GD Mag Exclusive

Building the Ship as it Sails: The Creation of Ubisoft Singapore 15
by Brandon Sheffield [06.18.13]
What does it take to build a new triple-A studio from nothing? Olivier de Rotalier, general manager of Ubisoft Singapore, explains both how the studio grew to 300 and how he keeps things working day-to-day.
Interview, Console/PC, Recruitment

Variants: The Challenge of Changeable Design 18
by Keith Burgun [06.12.13]
If achievements should be abandoned because they're counter to good design practices, what should take their place? Variants, Keith Burgun argues, and in this article he explains what they are and are not.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

What Lies Beyond: Doorways in Gaming 5
by Dale Dobson [06.10.13]
How the door affects the human mind, and how games have used that transition in the past.
Design, Art, Console/PC

Video Games Under Fire 28
by Brandon Sheffield [06.07.13]
Recent tragedies have once again called into question the role of video games in real-life violence -- and Brandon Sheffield talks to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, developer of many first person shooters, about where responsibility lies.
Interview, Console/PC

Advanced Audio Streaming in Unity 12
by Ben Long, Fredrik Kaupang [06.06.13]
In the midst of making a simple casual game as part of a personal jam, Ben Long and Fredrik Kaupang uncovered a great trick for streaming audio in Unity.
Audio, Programming, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Not Puzzles, but Scenes: Cinematic Gameplay Interactions 8
by Lucas González [06.05.13]
How the developers of Deadlight stepped back from their puzzle system -- which absolutely was not working with the way their game was designed -- and reenvisioned it to much greater player satisfaction.
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Inside the striking art and design of Hawken 9
by Brandon Sheffield [06.03.13]
Hawken leader and Adhesive game's CEO Khang Le has been doing visual development for movies and games for years, and he took a unique approach to the game's art and design. Rather than aiming for the moon, he and his team tried to create a game that played to the strengths of its members.
Business/Marketing, Art, Interview, Console/PC, Social/Online

Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games 42
by Zack Wood [05.31.13]
Zack Wood studied game design in Japan, and here shares the philosophies that inform the rich, appealing worlds and characters of games developed in that country -- a new way of looking at building your worlds and creating their inhabitants.
Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Intro to User Analytics 4
by Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, Magy Seif El-Nasr [05.30.13]
An intro to analytics written by the editors of Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data, a compendium of insights from more than 50 experts in industry and research, which covers the most relevant questions: what to track, and how to analyze the data.
Business/Marketing, Design, Game Developer Magazine, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GD Mag, GD Mag Exclusive