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Blog: Building a fantasy VR world in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Learn how we created a high performance fantasy VR environment for our game, Sword Reverie.
VR, Programming, Design

Watch Russ Bullock break down the dev process for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries  
by Bryant Francis [12.11.19]
Check out this conversation with one of the lead developers behind MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and learn more about the game's design and development.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Best of 2019: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by John Harris [12.11.19]
Taito's bubble-popping classic holds a number of secrets, and in this guide an expert will show you how to find one that unlocks the game's hidden language and showcases a new dimension of its design.
Console/PC, Design

Chat with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries dev chief Russ Bullock at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [12.11.19]
Piranha Games CEO Russ Bullock is taking your questions about the making of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries starting at 3PM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Deep Dive: Making the 2D action game tool Pixel Game Maker MV  
by Takuya Hatakeyama [12.11.19]
Takuya Hatakeyama, director on Kadokawa's Pixel Game Maker MV, goes in-depth on the creation of the recently-released 2D action game tool.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Best of 2019: How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI 1
by Tommy Thompson [12.10.19]
One of the most influential FPS titles of all time, GoldenEye defied expectations and set the standard for NPC AI for future generations.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Blog: Sharing accessible narratives through environmental design  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
This article examines how The Last of Us, God of War, and Inside create compelling narratives through environmental design.
Design

Catch a Classic Game Postmortem of FMV chiller 7th Guest at GDC!  
by Staff [12.10.19]
GDC organizers are excited to welcome some of the original development team to GDC 2020 in March for a special Classic Game Postmortem of their influential '90s FMV horror game The 7th Guest!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, GDC

Blog: Emotional context in decision design  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
In this article, I share how we used context and personal perspective in our interactive stories to make choices relevant for the player and easier to implement.
Design

Blog: Five books to help you better understand player behavior  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
Netease UX researcher Henri Brouard has compiled a reading list that should help you better understand player behavior.
Design

Behind the ingenious audio design of action RPG classic Diablo II  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.19]
Diablo 2's audio team reflects on the game's soundscape in this excerpt from David L. Craddock's book Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II - Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels.
Audio, Design

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

Blog: Building a procedurally generated Hearthstone  
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.19]
My latest #procjam entry was an exercise in generating complex artifacts out of a single Energy value, along a few procgen paintings to go with them.
Design, Production

Building secret paths in Shovel Knight: King of Cards  
by David D'Angelo [12.09.19]
A deep dive on why and how Yacht Club Games designed a new feature in Shovel Knight: King of Cards -- secret exits in levels.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: PlayStation's 25th, Top Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.08.19]
This week's roundup includes the PlayStation's 25th anniversary, multiple new 2019 'best of' game lists, and great articles on Katana Zero, Shovel Knight, Knights Of The Old Republic modders & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: These teams are hiring Camera, Level, and Game Designers now!  
by Staff [12.06.19]
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
Design, Recruitment

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

Best of 2019: Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by John Harris [12.06.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Indie, Design

The GDC Vision track is back with a fresh look at Tron's cultural legacy  
by Staff [12.06.19]
Author and design historian Tim Lapetino will be at GDC 2020 to deliver a fresh look at how Disney's '82 classic Tron influenced the zeitgeist across video games, pop culture, and beyond.
Console/PC, Art, Design, GDC

Blog: A trailer analysis of The Outer Wilds  
by Gamasutra Community [12.06.19]
The Outer Wilds' precise blend of genre seems impossible to talk about without spoilers, but it can be done: in this trailer analysis video (with transcript)!
Design