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Video: The secrets to creating an indie game franchise  
by Staff [07.13.20]
In this GDC 2018 session Christy Dena details what players find appealing about narrative game franchises, and explores the value of building your game world outside of your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Attend GDC Summer for a behind-the-scenes look at Hardspace: Shipbreaker's origins  
by Staff [07.13.20]
At GDC Summer next month you'll learn how Blackbird's processes brought such a unique game starship salvaging game to market, and how you can apply the team's learnings to your own work!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Analyzing those Satisfactory sales numbers (& more!)  
by Simon Carless [07.10.20]
Coffee Stain Studios were kind enough to go public with their game sales for standout first-person factory building game Satisfactory - what does that say about Epic Games Store and Steam?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A game dev's guide to organizing your levels and mechanics  
by Staff [07.10.20]
In this GDC 2018 session game dev Nathan Fouts looks at different methods to organize level designs and mechanics in a way that's effective and easy to implement in your own game development process.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Blog: Camera evolution in third-person games 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.20]
This is a personal research on how the use of the camera in third-person video games has evolved. This is also my first article in this site, so i hope you find it useful and enjoyable.
Design

Don't Miss: An oral ('Sporal'?) history on the development of Maxis' Spore  
by Staff [07.09.20]
Former team members look back on the triumphs and challenges in developing one of the most ambitious games of all time.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Emergent storytelling techniques in The Sims  
by Staff [07.09.20]
In this GDC 2018 session game dev Matt Brown examines the various techniques employed across all four generations of The Sims to empower player-driven and emergent storytelling.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [07.08.20]
How going "old-school" with game saves -- they're manual! -- created a sorely-needed sense of tension in Creative Assembly's first-person horror-shooter Alien: Isolation.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

VGDC: Em Reed's 'All Time Greats' article/video picks  
by Simon Carless [07.08.20]
Writer & cultural commentator Em Reed contributes some really interesting links that straddle history, art, academia and culture adeptly.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing Destiny 2's PvEvP Gambit mode  
by Staff [07.07.20]
Bungie's Peter Sarrett dives into how Destiny 2's Gambit mode combines PvE with a smidge of PvP, and explains why it's the story of development gone delightfully right.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Blog: A Torchlight 3 early access launch weekend postmortem 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.20]
This Torchlight 3 postmortem takes a look back at its early access launch weekend and what it took to "kill all the zombies."
Design, Business/Marketing

Get tips and inspiration to build the next generation of mobile games at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.07.20]
At GDC Summer next month attendees will get expert analysis of the mobile game market (including how the pandemic has shaped it) and tips on how to take advantage of it from N3twork chief Neil Young.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Integrating 'the nobility of work' into Hardspace: Shipbreaker  
by Bryant Francis [07.07.20]
To its developers, Hardspace: Shipbreaker is more than a sci-fi shipcutting sim, it's a chance to explore the value of work while tearing spaceships apart with your bare hands.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: The Team Fortress 2 guide to keeping your game alive 3
by Staff [07.06.20]
Even 8 years after publication, and now 13 after the game's release, game developers can learn a lot from listening to these tips on sustaining online games from Valve's Robin Walker.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Video: Tips and tools for finding inspiration when you're stuck  
by Staff [07.06.20]
In this 2018 GDC session ustwo games' Lauren Cason shares methods and word games that you can use to kickstart inspiration and get ideas flowing when you find yourself stuck in your own projects.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get a lesson in procedural destruction from the Control devs at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.06.20]
Next month GDC Summer attendees will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Remedy achieved the procedurally destructible environments of Control's Oldest House.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.03.20]
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The subtle manipulation of mobile games 11
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.20]
Freemium and mobile games make use of a lot of unfortunately shady practices to get people to pay and play, and I want to talk about some of the less overt examples in today's post.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Opinion: Backlash to criticism harms The Last of Us Part II 12
by Bryant Francis [07.02.20]
Backlash to criticism of The Last of Us: Part II only adds to toxicity around discussing the game, says contributing editor Bryant Francis.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Balancing accessibility with depth to make vehicles feel great  
by Staff [07.02.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Criterion Games' Matthew Harris explore good principles for video game vehicle design that can apply to everything from racecars and X-Wings.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault