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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

Video: How Plague Inc successfully jumped from mobile to Steam  
by Staff [07.09.18]
At GDC 2015, Ndemic Creations' founder James Vaughan showcases the many challenges Ndemic faced in bringing its hit mobile strategy game Plague Inc to Steam.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Building the touchy-feely world of Media Molecule's Tearaway  
by Staff [06.15.18]
At GDC 2013, Tearaway creative lead Rex Crowle described the challenges of designing and building a world that can flex, fold, tear and crumple under the fingertips of players.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Building the coop-friendly levels of Dead Space 3  
by Staff [06.12.18]
At GDC 2013, (now former) Visceral Games dev Seth Marinello explains how the team built Dead Space 3's levels and encounters to work for both one and two players in drop-in/drop-out cooperative play.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How Media Molecule squashed its open bug counts  
by Staff [06.05.18]
As part of GDC 2018's Tools Tutorial Day, Media Molecule's Amy Phillips showcased how the Tearaway and Dreams dev has built and iterated on a range of tools and tech that optimize its bug flow.
Console/PC, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A postmortem look at Rocket League's language ban system  
by Staff [06.04.18]
Psyonix's Devin Connors delivers a great GDC 2018 Community Management Summit talk on the design and implementation of the language ban system in the studio's hit car soccer game Rocket League.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Refining the game systems of Diablo III 1
by Staff [06.01.18]
At GDC 2013 Blizzard's Wyatt Cheng described different game systems that were attempted, explored, and then ultimately removed from the original release of Diablo III.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Globally illuminating Tom Clancy's The Division  
by Staff [05.31.18]
If you've ever wanted to know more about how the global illumination tech in Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division works, this is the GDC Vault video for you.
Video, Vault

Video: How inequality (both real and virtual) shapes player behavior  
by Staff [05.30.18]
At GDC 2018 game dev Julia Keren-Detar explored how inequality within game systems can change the behavior of players, and how studying these changes can help devs make better design decisions.
Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault