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Video: Designing efficient, effective branching narratives for games  
by Staff [12.12.19]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Cassie Phillipps offers a crash course on how to create meaningful story branches without making narratives that are convoluted, confusing or shallow.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How women-in-games initiatives make a difference  
by Staff [12.11.19]
In this 2016 panel, devs Stephanie Fisher, Sagan Yee, Gemma Thomson, Rebecca Cohen-Palacios and Zoe Quinn explore the impact women-in-games initiatives have had on their lives and communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

Video: The alchemy and science of machine learning for games  
by Staff [12.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Ubisoft Montreal's Yves Jacquier explains Ubisoft's strategy for incorporating modern AI and machine learning while making games like Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six: Siege!
Video, Vault

Video: Writing for Lord Shaxx, Destiny's supportive space coach  
by Staff [12.09.19]
At GDC 2019 Bungie's Jonathan To discusses Lord Shaxx's creation as Crucible announcer in the Destiny series, and how the character grew from supporting character to fan favorite.
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Rare's classic postmortem of GoldenEye 007 for the N64  
by Staff [12.06.19]
In this 2012 GDC Europe Talk, Martin Hollis shares how his team created GoldenEye 007, the biggest Nintendo 64 release that wasn't a Mario game. 
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, Video, Vault

Video: How Eve Online addressed exploit abuse with customer care  
by Staff [12.05.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, CCP Games' David Einarsson discusses the handling of an impactful exploit in EVE Online and the many challenges entailed therein.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: A game dev's guide to designing games with social impact  
by Staff [12.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Elizabeth Maler presents her innovative ways of designing, writing and playtesting social impact games, and gives advice on how to ensure their ability to change lives. ​
Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Breathing life into the machines of Horizon Zero Dawn  
by Staff [12.02.19]
In this 2018 GDC session, Guerrilla Games' Richard Oud discusses what it took for the team to create the mechanical beasts of Horizon Zero Dawn from scratch.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Embracing the co-op model in indie games  
by Staff [11.26.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel, developers Scott Benson, Ted Anderson, Steve Fillby, Ian Thomas and Bethany Hockenberry discuss life as indie devs and share their experiences forming workers co-ops.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How Riot creates new League of Legends champions  
by Staff [11.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Riot Games' Jeremy Lee shares the creative tools and production framework they've developed to create new champions for League of Legends.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Adopting continuous delivery to combat crunch on Sea of Thieves  
by Staff [11.21.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Rare's Jafar Soltani explains how Rare changed its culture and approach for developing Sea of Thieves by adopting 'continuous delivery,' resulting in minimized crunch and has sustainable new features to players.
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the art design of Firewatch  
by Staff [11.20.19]
In this 2015 GDC talk Firewatch artist Jane Ng discuss the challenges of translating a bold 2D graphic style into the game's vibrant 3D environments. 
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: Game design insights from the GDC 2019 Failure Workshop  
by Staff [11.19.19]
In this set of talks from GDC 2019 set of talks, three modern game makers share real talk and lessons learned from some of their recent failures.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Rockstar tackles environment design as spatial cinematography  
by Staff [11.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Rockstar North's Miriam Bellard explores the concept of spatial cinematography in theory and practice using examples from GTA V Online DLC. 
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Top game composers share hard-won advice and lessons learned  
by Staff [11.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC session composers Mick Gordon, Jason Graves, Grant Kirkhope, Wilbert Roget, Rich Vreeland and Austin Wintory share stories of lessons they learned in the professional trenches.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Inside Far Cry Primal's character pipeline and customization tech  
by Staff [11.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Julien Lalleve and Kieran O'Sullivan describe how they moved from their 3DS Max-based pipeline to a cross-software character pipeline for Far Cry Primal..
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How Techland built Dying Light's remarkable parkour system  
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC session, Techland's Bartosz Kulon shares the colorful story of how movement, running, and climbing was implemented in Dying Light.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: An indie game dev's guide to contracting  
by Staff [11.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, ClutchPlay Games' Amy Dallas explores different ways to structure contract projects for game devs in the world of freelance.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Insights from the GDC 2019 Narrative Innovation Showcase  
by Staff [11.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk a group of creative game makers share stories behind their innovative narrative creations: the ambitions they had, the challenges they faced, the solutions they invented.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How to make your game more metal  
by Staff [11.08.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Dakota State University's Jeff Howard explores how themes common in the heavy metal genre can become a foundation for video game storytelling.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault