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Video: How Obsidian built Pillars of Eternity by looking back while moving forward  
by Staff [01.31.19]
At GDC Europe 2016 Obsidian's Josh Sawyer looks at Pillars of Eternity's origins, and how Obsidian went about trying to update the RPG genre while paying tribute to the games that inspired it.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: King's guide to level design for casual games  
by Staff [01.30.19]
King's Jeremy Kang takes the stage at GDC Europe 2016 to deliver a rare look at how King (Candy Crush Saga) goes about designing levels for its various free-to-play mobile games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: A game dev's guide to designing great tutorials  
by Staff [01.29.19]
Can you design a tutorial so good your players don't know they're in it? Those Awesome Guys' Nicolae Berbece thinks so, and in this GDC Europe 2016 talk he explores how to pull it off.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the design of the app-integrated board game Mansions of Madness  
by Staff [01.28.19]
In this GDC 2018 talk,  Fantasy Flight Games' Andrew Fischer shares what the design team learned while making the app-assisted cooperative board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition!
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Carving out a successful freelance career in game audio  
by Staff [01.09.19]
At GDC 2018, experienced audio professional Akash Thakkar breaks down the process of successfully freelancing in video game audio, exploring everything from finding high-quality work to setting rates.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the AI design of Dishonored 2  
by Staff [11.28.18]
At the GDC 2017 AI Summit, Arkane's Laurent Couvidou and Xavier Sadoulet explain how the AI of Dishonored 2 was designed to pit players against challenging, crafty, and yet outwittable foes.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Playing with Pride -- When game culture & LGBTQ culture collide  
by Staff [11.27.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, documentarian Matt Baume shares interviews with a wide array of LGBTQ devs and players to help you better understand the needs and challenges of players in the LGBTQ community.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: An apology for Roger Ebert 6
by Staff [11.09.18]
Loom creator Brian Moriarty takes the stage at GDC 2011 to deliver a thoughtful defense of critic Roger Ebert's industry-stirring sentiment that 'video games can never be art.'
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Video: BioWare's postmortem look at the making of Star Wars: The Old Republic  
by Staff [10.12.18]
At GDC 2012, BioWare Austin leads Richard Vogel and Dallas Dickinson share how Star Wars: The Old Republic positioned itself to break into the World of Warcraft-dominated MMO game market.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A design-centric approach to developing characters & stories  
by Staff [10.11.18]
At GDC 2011, veteran game designer Matthias Worch delivers a great talk that examines how game makers can more effectively reconcile developer-defined and player-derived character identities.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building Brink's SMART parkour traversal system  
by Staff [10.05.18]
At GDC 2012 Splash Damage's Arne Olav Hallingstad, presents a detailed programmer-oriented overview of the freedom of movement implementation in the studio's 2011 multiplayer shooter Brink.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Breaking the rules of game design  
by Staff [10.04.18]
At GDC 2012, Naughty Dog's Kaitlyn Burnell took to the stage to question conventional game dev wisdom and ask: when you learn to follow game design rules, when is it right to break them?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: A retrospective look at 'girl games' of the '90s  
by Staff [10.02.18]
At GDC 2018 devs Laura Groppe, Brenda Laurel, Jesyca Durchin Schnepp, Sheri Graner Ray & Ernest Adams revisit and deconstruct the whole genre of "girl games" that found success in the 1990s.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Crafting the narrative of Reigns: Her Majesty  
by Staff [10.01.18]
At GDC 2018, Reigns: Her Majesty writer (and former Gamasutra editor) Leigh Alexander shared her own process for designing narratives that walk the tricky political tightrope of women's power.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Creating the music of Assassin's Creed Syndicate  
by Staff [09.28.18]
At GDC 2016, composer Austin Wintory and Ubisoft's Christian Pacaud explain how they crafted an intricate, adaptive score steeped in the 19th century sensibilities of Assassin's Creed Syndicate!
Console/PC, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: A classic postmortem of the trailblazing Ultima Online  
by Staff [09.25.18]
In this 2018 GDC session, Raph Koster, Starr Long, Richard Garriott de Cayeux (Lord British himself) & Rich Vogel talk about the things that went wrong and right in making and running Ultima Online.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Lessons learned from trying to gamify death  
by Staff [09.19.18]
At GDC 2012, game dev Margaret Robertson explains how UK studio Hide&Seek was asked to make a documentary game about the discovery of a corpse in a busy London block of flats -- and what they learned.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Surviving the transition from college to indie dev  
by Staff [09.11.18]
At GDC 2018, noted indie developers Ted DiNola, Asher Vollmer and Jenny Jiao Hsia take the stage to offer their own stories about how they succeeded after (and during) college in different ways!
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: How Ubisoft reinvented Rayman  
by Staff [08.03.18]
In this GDC 2013 talk Anais Dusautois and Christophe Villez (animators on Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends) walk through the process of reinventing a classic franchise for modern audiences.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Watch top designers dissect a single system from their games  
by Staff [08.02.18]
In this GDC 2015 talk game designers Bennett Foddy, Tanya X. Short, and Dan Cassar each took the stage to dive into a system from each of their games!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault