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Understanding Challenge 12
by Chad Kilgore [01.08.13]
What is challenge? Day 1 Studios (F.E.A.R. 3) technical designer and Iowa State University instructor Chad Kilgore examines the types of challenge that games present to players, putting them into a usable framework.

The Surprising Design of Crusader Kings II 8
by Rowan Kaiser [01.06.13]
Though Paradox has been delivering niche strategy game sfor years, its latest has been a surprise hit, thanks to its design -- allowing for emerging scenarios based on the opinions of the characters in the game. Gamasutra speaks to project lead Henrik Fhraeus to find out more.
Design, Interview

Amnesia Fortnight: How Double Fine Embraces the Future 5
by Christian Nutt [01.04.13]
Can a new way of developing games save a company? Gamasutra speaks to two Double Fine developers about what the recently ended public Amnesia Fortnight means to the company, and why the failure of Brtal Legend was a blessing.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Console/PC, Indie

The Secrets of Promotion for Indies 38
by Erik Sebellin-Ross [01.03.13]
How do you connect with reviewers and bloggers to build buzz around your game? This simple guide will show you the basic steps you need to follow to get people interested in your project.
Business/Marketing, Indie

Game Developer Magazine's 2012 In Review 4
by Gamasutra staff [01.01.13]
2012 has been a big year for the game industry, and here, Game Developer polled accomplished industry veterans and indies alike for their respective takes on what we're glad to be done with, looking forward to working with, year-end shout-outs, and more.

The Future Human: An Interview with Tim Sweeney 18
by Brandon Sheffield [12.28.12]
How will technology empower and shape the future of games, consoles, and even human experiences in reality? Will all platforms converge into one? Or will there be a healthy future for different kinds of devices and technologies? Gamasutra speaks to Epic's Tim Sweeney.
Interview, Smartphone/Tablet

The 50 Games That Defined 2012 4
by Gamasutra staff [12.26.12]
This isn't a list of awesome games from 2012, but instead, it's a list -- containing not-so-great games, games that didn't release, or even will never appear -- of games that are representative of a trend or interesting story that captured the zeitgeist of 2012, and they all say something about what happened this year.

Gamasutra's Best of 2012 4
by Gamasutra staff [12.24.12]
2012 has been a landmark year for shifts in the game industry, and that's why Gamasutra, in the form of this round-up feature of our annual year-end pieces, has taken an expansive look back at the year -- to closely examine what has happened in the past 12 months.
Business/Marketing, Design, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The Designer's Notebook: Bad Game Designer, No Twinkie! XIII 22
by Ernest Adams [12.21.12]
Hostess might be bankrupt, but the denial of Twinkies continues! In the 13th annual installment of The Designer's Notebook's popular column, Ernest Adams tackles more reader-submitted design decisions that mystify and dissatisfy players.

The Case for Casual Biometrics 7
by Stefano Gualeni [12.20.12]
Plenty of triple-A productions use biometric testing of players -- but can it work for casual games, too? Developer Stefano Gualeni writes here about how he and his team tested iOS puzzle game Gua-Le-Ni using a simple lab setup.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet