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Updates » Design
Video: How Move or Die continued to gain players after launch  
by Staff [06.13.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Those Awesome Guys' Nicolae Berbece talks about how he and his team handled the release of their online party game Move or Die.
Indie, Design, Video

Get a job: Skydance Interactive is hiring a Systems Designer  
by Staff [06.13.18]
Skydance Interactive is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Systems Designer to work on a The Walking Dead VR title.
VR, Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Remastering Double Fine's Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
Double Fine's Oliver Franzke and Shiny Shoe's Mark Cooke dig into the interesting improvements and challenges they encountered while remastering both for PS4, PS Vita, PC, and mobile.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Come out to XRDC and get expert advice on designing games for VR arcades!  
by Staff [06.13.18]
It promises to be fascinating, especially if you're interested in the end-to-end pipeline of doing business with and optimizing games for VR arcades, so don't miss it at XRDC in October!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Making our first indie game  
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.18]
Here's a quick retrospective on what developing my first indie game was like here a year after finishing University.
Design

Video: Building the coop-friendly levels of Dead Space 3  
by Staff [06.12.18]
At GDC 2013, (now former) Visceral Games dev Seth Marinello explains how the team built Dead Space 3's levels and encounters to work for both one and two players in drop-in/drop-out cooperative play.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Nintendo designed the inviting mini-world of Animal Crossing 4
by Staff [06.12.18]
In this classic 2013 interview, Gamasutra sits down with Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi -- also the producer of the Wii Sports series -- to ask him some questions about the design of Animal Crossing.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Game design beyond screens and joysticks - Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [06.12.18]
Tatiana Vilela dos Santos is an indie designer and digital artist making games with special interfaces, and she wants to talk about game design beyond the world of screens and joysticks.
Design

Blog: A mini-retrospective on Cultist Simulator 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.12.18]
This post looks at what happened when we launched Cultist Simulator, and why we think it happened.
Design, Production

Blog: Creating a type-safe object pool for Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.12.18]
In this article I discuss object pooling and generics, and present a simple type-safe object pool for Unity.
Programming, Design

The sales & design thinking that gave SpyParty a strong launch  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.18]
We chatted with Chris Hecker, lead developer on SpyParty to explore what other developers can learn from the game's launch on Steam Early Access.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: How environment artists can learn from modern interior design  
by Staff [06.11.18]
In this GDC 2014 session, Ubisoft Toronto's Dan Cox discusses the parallels between interior design techniques and how they intersect with level art and design.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Using Assassin's Creed III to trace the dos and don'ts of open world design 2
by Staff [06.11.18]
Ubisoft game designer Stanislav Costiuc on the dos and don'ts of open-world game design.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Telltale Games is hiring a Sr. Designer  
by Staff [06.11.18]
Telltale is looking to hire an effective leader in the role of Sr. Designer to help its team in San Rafael create unique episodic games.
Design, Recruitment

Game Design Deep Dive: Making VR movement feel like a superpower in Gunheart 1
by Brian Murphy [06.11.18]
Drifter Entertainment creative director Brian Murphy walks us through how the studio successfully made movement in its co-op VR shooter Gunheart feel good by treating it like a superpower.
VR, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diggin' In Bethesda's Carts  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.10.18]
This week's highlights include a retrospective of the Diggin' In The Carts game music album, a unique video on the history of Bethesda, and many more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

RPG design and writing veteran Chris Avellone working on Dying Light 2 1
by Kris Graft [06.10.18]
Chris Avellone, veteran RPG writer and designer known for his work on Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Prey (2017) and many other games, is now working on Techland’s Dying Light 2 as narrative designer.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Don't Miss: Tackling real-world problems through game design in Life is Strange  
by Staff [06.08.18]
When is it appropriate to tackle real-world issues in games? How can game designers do so effectively, and respectfully?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Blog: Building the boss fights of X-Morph: Defense - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [06.08.18]
In the next article of the series we describe the creative process behind one of the bosses from X-Morph: Defense, the Tarantula Mk V.
Design

Video: How Bungie's technical designers helped animate Destiny  
by Staff [06.07.18]
In this GDC 2015 session, Bungie's Jami Jeffcoat goes over what technical designers in animation mean to Bungie.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video