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Game Design Deep Dive: Re-imagining the double-jump in The Messenger  
by Thierry Boulanger [05.23.19]
Thierry Boulanger at Quebec-based studio Sabotage goes in-depth on the design of the "Cloudstep" -- the core gameplay mechanic of standout platformer, The Messenger.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Video: The care and feeding of live narrative game Fallen London  
by Staff [05.22.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Failbetter Games' Olivia Wood looks at the difficulties of maintaining a live narrative game like Fallen London and how Failbetter has adapted to surmount them.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Come to XRDC and see how VR devs are improving healthcare for kids!  
by Staff [05.22.19]
Register now for XRDC 2019 this October in San Francisco's beautiful Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, where Packet39 cofounder Shachar Weis will show you how VR is improving healthcare for kids!
VR, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Making the player the AI in outer space thriller Observation  
by Diego Arguello [05.22.19]
With a not-so-subtle nod to the sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, NoCode this week embarked on its latest adventure with the launch of the brilliant horror game, Observation. We speak with creative director Jon McKellan.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: Slime Rancher dev's guide to making games that stand out and survive 1
by Staff [05.21.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Monomi Park (Slime Rancher) founder Nick Popovich explains how you can make your game stand out and survive amongst the thousands of games released every year.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blog: The 'how' of bittersweet game design  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.19]
JoyMasher co-founder and game design specialist Thais Weiller asks what happens when fun isn't enough?
Design

Blog: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.19]
Independent accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton has put together a useful summary of some of the great things the industry has been doing for GAAD 2019.
Design

Blog: The contradiction between hard fun and accessibility 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.19]
An attempt to formulate a rigorous formalist reply to the accessibility debate that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sparked.
Design

Behind the enthralling dystopian student game, Burning Daylight  
by John Harris [05.21.19]
It's not often that one's very first game finds an audience, but the student-developed Burning Daylight is an exception. We speak with game director Frederik Jeppesen.
Design, Production, Video

Video: Designing Path of Exile to be played forever  
by Staff [05.20.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk, Grinding Gears' Chris Wilson explains how Path of Exile is designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: What would Mavis Beacon do? Punish you  
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.19]
A short essay looking at the design of the game Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Teaches Typing.
Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Environmental storytelling in Generation Zero  
by Emil Kraftling [05.20.19]
Here at Avalanche Studios we often refer to our game worlds as the "main character," and seeing as there were almost no other characters in Generation Zero, that felt more relevant than ever.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.17.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The world design of Diablo III 21
by Staff [05.17.19]
Blizzard designer Leonard Boyarsky talks to Gamasutra about the process of expanding the Diablo universe significantly with the third installment of the series, talking about what has both worked and what has not.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Video: Writing and designing Star Trek: Bridge Crew for VR  
by Staff [05.17.19]
In this talk from GDC 2017, Red Storm Entertainment's Jay Posey shares his experience as lead writer and senior designer developing Ubisoft's VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
VR, Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

'Herd' is the word: Developing the Pikmin-inspired The Wild at Heart  
by Aron Garst [05.17.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Moonlight Kids, who aim to expand on the ideas of Nintendo's Pikmin and add their own twist to "herd-like" game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How RimWorld found success through ridiculous, contrarian design 1
by Staff [05.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester looks at how it was designed not as a game, but as a story generator, and how its crazy, ridiculous design found surprising success.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

A peek at the design process behind Astro Bot Rescue Mission  
by Alissa McAloon [05.16.19]
The PlayStation Blog's latest developer interview offers a look at the creation of the PlayStation VR platformer Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
VR, Console/PC, Design

Blog: Peeping under the hood of a rhythm game in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [05.16.19]
Quick guide to some of the programming that goes into creating a rhythm game. The article uses Unity to build a game, but the principles could be applied to most engines.
Programming, Design

Exploring the potential of 'metroidvania' design in Supraland  
by Aron Garst [05.16.19]
The "metroidvania" genre has been around for decades, but has it sufficiently evolved over the years? David Münnich, developer on Supraland, thinks more can be done to get the most out of metroidvania design.
Indie, Design