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Updates » GDC
Fortnite's unconventional launch 1
by Simon Parkin [03.21.18]
Head of publishing at Epic Games Ed Zobrist discusses Fortnite's unconventional beginnings.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sonic the Hedgehog's origin story, according to the devs who made him 1
by Alex Wawro [03.21.18]
At GDC today original Sonic devs Naoto Oshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara talked about how they designed the game's iconic main character and its many twisting, turning levels.
Console/PC, Art, Design, History, GDC

How Mario Kart influenced Nintendo's fighting game, ARMS  
by Simon Parkin [03.21.18]
While there may appear to be few surface-level similarities between the games, lessons learned from Nintendo’s long-running racing game series informed many aspects of its new fighting game IP.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Game Workers Unite to Jen MacLean: 'We want to work with you' 5
by Katherine Cross [03.21.18]
A member of Game Workers Unite sits down to discuss the organization's movement during GDC.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Platinum designed and tuned Nier: Automata to 'feel' good  
by Alex Wawro [03.21.18]
Game director Yoko Taro talks about how the game's multi-layered narrative was designed, while game designer Takahisa Taura digs into the nuts and bolts of how it was tuned to 'feel' good.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

There is no right way to be queen in Reigns: Her Majesty 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.21.18]
Narrative designer and writer Leigh Alexander discusses the narrative design of Reigns: Her Majesty.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Sex as a narrative tool: The dos and don'ts of writing sex scenes in games 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.21.18]
As Michelle Clough explained during her talk “Eros in Play: Writing Sex Scenes in Games,” sex can be a useful tool for writers and narrative designers looking to flesh out their characters and worlds.
Design, GDC

As Fortnite rises, Epic champions community & cross-platform tech  
by Alex Wawro [03.21.18]
The current phenomena driving games and driving players -- it's Twitch, it's YouTube, it's these influencers, right," Epic chief Tim Sweeney tells Gamasutra. "They'll bring you the users."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

HTC to launch standalone Vive Focus headset outside of China  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.18]
The headset had previously only been made available in China, but HTC now wants to put it in the hands of developers and consumers around the world.
VR, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo working to improve discoverability of Switch titles on eShop  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.18]
Nintendo is aware of the discoverability and visibility issues facing Switch games on the eShop, and is actively working on solutions. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Ex-BioWare scribe Mike Laidlaw shares storytelling lessons  
by Katherine Cross [03.20.18]
Mike Laidlaw, who recently stepped down as creative director at BioWare, took a break from his new consulting firm to talk to GDC about what he’s learned about writing and narrative design from his many years with the legendary game studio.
Design, GDC

Military-themed video games can promote a damaging vision of real war 6
by Simon Parkin [03.20.18]
“We need less killing and more war,” argued writer and veteran Andrew Barron. “Combat is dangerous and game mechanics should reflect this.”
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Atari reveals its nostalgic 'Ataribox' game console as the Atari VCS 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.18]
Atari’s shadow-shrouded return to the hardware business has been detailed this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Console/PC, GDC

Darkest Dungeon devs share golden rules for good creative partnerships  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
“Having two bosses...it’s not streamlined,” said Red Hook's Tyler Sigman at GDC today. “But we truly believe the game would not have been successful without that messy, imperfect structure.”
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Writing comedic games the West of Loathing way  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
“Taking about comedy is one of the least funny things,” said West of Loathing game dev Zach Johnson as he opened his talk at GDC 2018 today about the art of writing good comedy games.
Indie, Design, GDC

Gorogoa: how the hit indie game derived from a failed comic book  
by Simon Parkin [03.20.18]
"I came to realize that composing the page was more interesting to me that sequential storytelling," shared Gorogoa dev Jason Roberts "I had to do something with it, even if it wasn't going to be a comic."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

The player-directed level design of Tacoma  
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.18]
Fullbright's Steve Gaynor and Nina Freeman discuss the level design of Tacoma and how different facets of design depended on each other during development.
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

The AI systems that govern Final Fantasy XV's believable NPCs  
by Katherine Cross [03.20.18]
Square Enix veteran Youichiro Miyake talked in detail about the AI that governs NPC behavior in Final Fantasy XV in a fast-paced, data-rich talk: “Eos is Alive: the AI Systems of Final Fantasy XV.”
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

SimCity creator Will Wright's new game will harvest your memories 3
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
"This is a game where we actually uncover the hidden you, your subconscious, your inner-Id, and bring it to the surface and bring it to life so you can interact with it."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, GDC

Unity getting new rendering, machine learning, and performance tools  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
Unity shared a glimpse of its 2018 roadmap at GDC, explaining it'll be focusing on building out next level rendering, machine learning, and performance tools.
Programming, Design, Production, GDC