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Don't Miss: 7 JRPGs game developers should study 6
by Staff [04.06.20]
We reached out to some game makers and asked them to name some JRPGs that they believe all devs should study.
Console/PC, Design

Analgesic has open-sourced its 'Zelda-like' adventure game Anodyne  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.20]
The studio has uploaded the game's source code, art, level editor, and music to Github, and has implored fans to get creative.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Balancing fun gameplay and realism when introducing new classes 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.20]
Adding a brand new class to a game five years after its release isn't easy, so here are some tips we learned after bringing submarines to World of Warships.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 5
by Staff [04.03.20]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Year Of The Pac  
by Simon Carless [04.03.20]
The latest picks for the week's best writing & videos about video games includes a look at Over The Alps, Good Job!, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: What does games culturalization involve?  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.20]
This article introduces the 'Three Levels of Culturalization' model to demonstrate why knowing your global players and their context is critical to the success of games studios.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Why you need a technical designer  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.20]
It's important to understand what a technical designer is and how it can help a production by improving the workflow of designers to let them focus on creative tasks, not technical issues.
Design

Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium win big at BAFTA Games Awards 1
by Chris Kerr [04.03.20]
Indie darlings Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium were the big winners at the British Academy Games last night.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Journey to the Savage Planet a reaction to a past life of AAA development  
by Aron Garst [04.03.20]
After life as creative director on huge Ubisoft games like Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4, Alex Hutchinson was ready to make games at his own small studio.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Get a job: Heart Machine is hiring a Level Designer  
by Staff [04.02.20]
We're looking for talented, passionate, smart, highly communicative and just plain good people to become part of our crew, to collaborate, shape and build something ambitious and unique.
Design, Recruitment

USC Games Expo swaps to virtual for 2020 student game showcase  
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.20]
The annual student game exhibition is switching over to an all-digital event for 2020 as more and more events pivot to offer social distancing-friendly shows during the coronavirus pandemic.
Design

Unity launches 'Unite Now' digital series to help devs stay in the know during pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [04.02.20]
Unity has launched a new digital programming series of talks, how-tos, demos, Q&As, and stories under the 'Unite Now' banner to help developers learn more about its tech during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The difference between random and randomized progression 9
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.20]
Lootbox design has often been equated to randomized progression seen in ARPGs, but today's post will dispel that myth and how random and randomized progression aren't the same for the player.
Design

Blog: Historians discuss Through the Darkest of Times  
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.20]
Historians Bob Whitaker and Ned Richardson-Little discuss the historical strategy game Through the Darkest of Times.
Design, Production

Interview: Tuning promotion to make Academia a success  
by Simon Carless [04.02.20]
How Squeaky Wheel co-founder Ryan Sumo helped scale his studio's game Academic: School Simulator to $1 million in gross Steam revenue.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Give players a place to feel 'cozy' and they'll keep coming back  
by Alissa McAloon [04.01.20]
"It's like eating mac-and-cheese in video game form." Slime Rancher dev Nick Popovich says that capturing that comfort-food feeling is key to bringing players back to your game time and time again.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How Gearbox baked accessibility features into Borderlands 3 1
by Staff [04.01.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk, Gearbox Software's Andre Bair discusses how accessibility features were embedded into the design of Borderlands 3 at an early stage in development.
Console/PC, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Fire Hose Games is hiring a Progression and Monetization Designer  
by Staff [03.31.20]
Join Fire House Games in Cambridge, Massachusetts and help develop sustainable monetization strategies and engaging progression systems for a live game.
Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The Valkyrie Profile-inspired design of Indivisible 1
by Bryant Francis [03.31.20]
Mike Zaimont and Mariel Cartwright of Lab Zero Games break down the design and production processes that brought Indivisible to life.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Using forgiveness mechanics to design better games  
by Staff [03.31.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk Butterscotch Shenanigans' Seth Coster examines forgiveness mechanics, game systems that allow the player to be 'off' in their inputs but still get desirable results.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault