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Don't Miss: The level design of Celeste  
by Staff [08.23.19]
Lead developer of Celeste Matt Thorson goes into detail about designing numerous hardcore platforming stages that make up the game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game stores: you need more real-time charts! 2
by Simon Carless [08.23.19]
Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Using UI as a means to tell a story, convey emotion, and create personality
by Nathalie Lawhead [08.23.19]
Throughout development of the Electric Zine Maker I’ve been trying to find some time to finally talk about UI, and how important it is to view it as part of your world building.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Inside the transmedia storytelling of Final Fantasy XV  
by Staff [08.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Square Enix's Dan Inoue discusses what rules were made and broken to maintain a cohesive, coherent narrative in Final Fantasy XV.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Taking the sting out of failure in Supergiant's Pyre 2
by Staff [08.22.19]
"In life, we all learn through failure and not just through success. It was important for our characters to survive these confrontations and face their adversaries again." - Greg Kasavin, Creative Director at Supergiant.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Attend XRDC for an inside look at the design of Assassin's Creed VR escape rooms!  
by Staff [08.22.19]
Ubisoft has built some groundbreaking Assassin's Creed VR escape room games, and this October you'll have a chance to learn how they do it when XRDC arrives in San Francisco!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: Creating Merchant of the Skies from announcement to Early Access launch 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.19]
In October 2018, I told my partner Helen to draw whatever she wants and put it on Twitter. Ten months later, we have just published Merchant of the Skies. Here's how it happened.
Design

How we balanced our game for beginners and for pros 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.19]
This blog post discusses three approaches to fixing beginner balance that we've used in Awesomenauts and Swords & Soldiers 2.
Design

Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes 1
by Staff [08.21.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk PopCap Games' Becky Allen shares an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the dynamic music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story 3
by Staff [08.21.19]
For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get up to speed on how AR/VR is transforming healthcare at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.21.19]
Healthcare as we know it is evolving to incorporate all sorts of cutting-edge AR/VR/MR technologies, and there's no better place to learn all about it than XRDC in San Francisco this October!
VR, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Come to XRDC for expert insight on how AR/VR is transforming business!  
by Staff [08.20.19]
Businesses around the world are adapting and upgrading to use the latest AR/VR/MR tech, and that means there's a ton of new opportunities for AR/VR/MR experts -- discover them at XRDC in October!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Engaging level design for combat
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.19]
I break down what I believe helps make a strong combat space, and explain how you can create combat spaces that feel engaging and challenging.
Design

Don't Miss: A look back at the development of Ori and the Blind Forest 5
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing for color blindness in games  
by Staff [08.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Creative Assembly's Douglas Pennant introduces you to best practices and solutions that can help you make games that are more accessible to the colorblind.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Immerse yourself in the future of AR/VR games & entertainment at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.19.19]
This is your last week to register for XRDC early at a discounted rate, so don't delay; there's a smorgasbord of great stuff lined up for you, including these cutting-edge Games & Entertainment talks!
VR, Console/PC, Design, XRDC

Mojang partners with Nvidia to bring real-time ray tracing to Minecraft 1
by Chris Kerr [08.19.19]
Less than a week after Mojang canceled Minecraft's high-end graphics overhaul, the developer has revealed the game will be getting a new lick of paint with some help from Nvidia.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dicey Dungeons Gets Rad, Patreon Follows  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.18.19]
This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sucker Punch, The Walt Disney Company, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [08.16.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [08.16.19]
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, Design