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Creating terrifying, memorable 2D monsters  
by Diego Arguello [07.29.19]
Devs who've worked on Battle Chef Brigade, Darkest Dungeon, Guacamelee and more share their favorite tips and techniques for designing fantastic 2D monsters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: GTA Online's Casino, Game Discoverability  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.28.19]
This week's roundup includes Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, & articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A dev's guide to testing game AI  
by Staff [07.26.19]
In this 2017 GDC session experts Emil Johansen, Dave Mark, Sergio Ocio Barriales and Mike Robbins share techniques for creating less brittle AI and best practices for debugging and testing that AI.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How devs deal with making enemies that feel 'okay' to kill 5
by Staff [07.25.19]
Gamasutra chats with devs from around the industry about good enemy design, and what's involved with creating enemies that feel 'okay' to kill -- without making killing feel okay.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Video: How 20XX survived and thrived in Early Access  
by Staff [07.25.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk 20XX devChris King discusses concrete tactics for building, maintaining, and leveraging a game's Early Access community to maximize your game's opportunity for success.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The art of the tutorial 15
by Staff [07.24.19]
Experienced devs from across the industry share their perspective on the best way to make people feel comfortable the first time they play your game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Deep Dive: Burdening players with the power of the system in Legal Dungeon 4
by Joel Couture [07.24.19]
Korean game developer Somi's latest game Legal Dungeon has players organizing police investigation documents - and having to decide whether to indict the accused criminals or not. Here's how Somi did it.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: The challenges and rewards of designing local multiplayer games 12
by Staff [07.23.19]
We talk to the developers of Super Pole Riders, Overcooked and Spaceteam about the appeal of developing a local multiplayer game, and the benefits over taking your game online.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Doppio raises $1.1 million from Google and Amazon for voice-controlled games  
by Alissa McAloon [07.23.19]
Doppio has raised a total of $1.1 million to fund the development of voice-controlled video games at its Portuguese studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio

A Bloodstained Q&A with Koji 'Iga' Igarashi  
by Kris Graft [07.23.19]
Legendary game developer Koji "Iga" Igarashi of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame answers our questions about the making of his latest game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: An actor's advice on getting great mocap performances in games  
by Staff [07.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, actor Andrew Ray shares techniques developed over time to improve motion capture performances for video games.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

5 tips for surviving and thriving in game design 5
by Jai Kristjan [07.22.19]
This excerpt of "We Deserve Better Villains: A Video Game Design Survival Guide" by Jai Kristjan offers up 5 detailed pieces of advice for how to effectively manage your game design career!
Indie, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: In The Sky, The Dungeon Master Reigns  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.20.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Thatgamecompany's Sky, the rise of the professional dungeon master, and the far-ahead tech of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on N64, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A postmortem of Tacoma's experimental VO production  
by Staff [07.19.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Brightskull's Michael Csurics reveals the extensive, experimental lengths taken to create the voiceover performances in Fullbright's award-winning narrative game Tacoma
Indie, Audio, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Letting Go - The Florence postmortem  
by Staff [07.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Mountains' Ken Wong discusses the journey of designing the studio's hit debut game Florence, a poignant look at the ups and downs of relationships.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Inside Steam Diving Bell, a tool for 'Wikipedia binging' Steam games 7
by Lars Doucet [07.18.19]
"Diving Bell's chief strength is its dumbness," says dev Lars Doucet, creator of the recommendation tool. "It's dead simple, transparent, & predictable, but the results are delightful and surprising."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A postmortem of Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide 4
by Martin Wahlund [07.17.19]
"I would guess that 70 percent of all games today are released too early. Luckily we had the funds to allow us to delay the release." Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Living the freelancing dream while avoiding the nightmare  
by Staff [07.17.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game writer Greg Buchanan discuses strategies to cope with the positive and negative aspects of freelance work, and ultimately build your career and reputation!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

GOG puts Heaven's Vault up for sale after declining to sell the game at launch 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.16.19]
The CD Projekt-owned storefront GOG has walked back an earlier decision about Inkle Studios' Heaven's Vault, announcing that it has changed its mind and will now sell the game on the digital store.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Designing experimental game Cultist Simulator for commercial success  
by Staff [07.16.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy discusses the challenges and the advantages of the decisions made while creating the studio's digital tabletop sect sim Cultist Simulator.
Indie, Video, Vault