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Updates » Design
Weekly Jobs Roundup: Remedy Entertainment, Atlus USA, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [08.17.18]
These studios and many many more are looking for developers across multiple disciplines right now on the Gamasutra Job Board!
Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Sebastien Benard breaks down the fine details of Dead Cells' design  
by Bryant Francis [08.17.18]
Motion Twin game designer Sebastien Benard took some time to break down the fine design details of Dead Cells over on the Gamasutra Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: How we made a stealth-em-up arena brawler  
by Gamasutra Community [08.17.18]
We recently released Black & White Bushido on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, so we thought it was time to take a look at what we've learned on our journey so far.
Design, Production

We're talking to one the devs behind Dead Cells at 12PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.17.18]
Join us for a conversation with one of the brains behind Dead Cells starting at 12PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Tips for building VR and AR device-independent Unity projects  
by Gamasutra Community [08.17.18]
How does a Unity developer "create once, build many" while dealing with the rich, varied, constantly changing plethora of VR or AR toolkits and services?
VR, Design, Production

What live game developers can learn from studying urban planning 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.17.18]
Spurred by a recent visit home, Amplitude Studios' Maxence Voleau reflects on some good lessons that game devs can learn from how cities inform people about roadwork & other aspects of urban planning.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production

Video: How to design games with user experience in mind  
by Staff [08.16.18]
In this GDC 2016 talk, educator Christina Wodtke explores the core principles of user experience design philosophy, and how it can help create games that are elegant and complete experiences.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Watch Phantom Doctrine's lead designer talk about abandoning RNG  
by Bryant Francis [08.16.18]
The lead designer of Phantom Doctrine joins Gamasutra to discuss abandoning RNG, how to make fictional conspiracy theories, and more.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Don't Miss: Devs reflect on the impact and legacy of Burnout Paradise 1
by Staff [08.16.18]
We could have titled this feature (in which Burnout Paradise co-creator Alex Ward & other devs reflect on the design & impact of the influential open-world racer) Paradise Lost & Found, but we didn't.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Chat with the lead designers of Phantom Doctrine at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.16.18]
We're talking to the lead developers of Phantom Doctrine starting at 3PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: How to make a Discord RPG - Part 3 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.18]
This third part of this blog series covers the technology used to build my Discord RPG, including servers, database and API choices.
Programming, Design

Blog: Let's talk about systemic narratives in games 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.18]
Ubisoft's Victor Sanchez digs into systematic narratives and how they might improve upon current narrative approaches.
Design, Production

How EVO helps devs tune and test their fighting games  
by Aron Garst [08.16.18]
“Evo players can break a game down faster than anyone," Arc System Works' Toshimichi Mori tells Gamasutra. "They can jump in and do the combos that others would need days to learn."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Watch The Messenger's director share tips on designing fluid gameplay  
by Bryant Francis [08.15.18]
We discussed the design and the development of the soon-to-be-released retro platformer The Messenger with developer Thierry Boulanger.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Teaching rapid prototyping through creating a game a week  
by Staff [08.15.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, game developers and professors Douglas Wilson and Bennett Foddy present a close look at the "Game a Week" model of game education.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Don't Miss: How Gone Home's design constraints lead to a powerful story 12
by Staff [08.15.18]
The Fullbright Company's Gone Home is elegant narrative, but as a work of design, it's equally so. Steve Gaynor explains the human story born from a history of environmental design.
Console/PC, Art, Design

We're talking to the director of The Messenger at 5:30 PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.15.18]
We're talking to the director ofThe Messenger at 5:30 PM EDT on the Gamasutra Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: What's wrong with point and click adventures? 19
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.18]
We asked Twitter about the flaws of point and click adventures. Here's a summary of what people had to say.
Design

Blog: The design is the implementation  
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.18]
In Reset Hard, I eschew tricks and clever programming in favor of direct, honest systems. This allows me to design mechanics with a greater degree of consistency and flexibility.
Design

How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design