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GDC YouTube Top 5: Mohawk Games' Soren Johnson 1
by Staff [08.16.19]
Soren Johnson, founder of Mohawk Games and designer on Civilization III and IV, curates his top 5 videos from the GDC YouTube archive in this new series of articles.
Design, GDC

Blog: How I translated Ancient Greek punishment games into Bitsy  
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.19]
Here are some reflections on translating the continuing series of Ancient Greek punishment games into the Bitsy game engine.
Programming, Design

Don't Miss: How enemy AI works in Dicey Dungeons 4
by Terry Cavanagh [08.15.19]
A detailed write up how the new Enemy AI works in my game, Dicey Dungeons! I tried to write it in a "popular science" style that's hopefully of interest to everyone, not just programmers.
Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Designing multiplayer ranking systems like Elo and TrueSkill  
by Staff [08.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Twitch's Mario Izquierdo exposes the math behind standardized ranking systems like Elo and TrueSkill to help you develop your own ranking system.
Social/Online, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't miss these career-expanding Training & Safety talks at XRDC  
by Staff [08.15.19]
AR/VR creators, take note: Your skills can make a meaningful difference in the world when you apply them to creating great teaching tools and safety systems; find out how at XRDC this October!
VR, Design, XRDC

Discover what it takes to build great medical AR/VR/MR apps at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.15.19]
Attend XRDC in October to learn firsthand what it takes to design effective AR/VR experiences that can provide meaningful benefits to the healthcare industry and improve patient outcomes!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: How to make a casual mobile game  
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.19]
While it is absolutely impossible to describe all technical decisions made in the project in the scope of a single article, we’ll try to outline a generic approach that you could possibly use.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Don't Miss: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by Staff [08.14.19]
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

Watch Age of Wonders: Planetfall's lead dev discuss updating the series for a new age  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Watch the lead developer of Age of Wonders: Planetfall break down the development process of Triumph Studios' new 4X strategy game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Chat with Age of Wonders: Planetfall lead dev Lennart Sas at 1PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Triumph Studios cofounder Lennart Sas is taking your questions on the GDC Twitch channel starting at 1PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: How music enhances virtual presence - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.19]
In the second of this four-part series, game composer Winifred Phillips shares ideas from her GDC 2019 talk 'How Music Enhances Virtual Presence.'
Audio, Design

Blog: Ancient Greek punishments as hypertexts  
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.19]
Reflections on translating five myths of punishment into Twine stories, with a focus on the physicality of interaction in hypertexts.
Design

Video: Designing great room-scale VR interactions the Vacation Simulator way 1
by Staff [08.13.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Owlchemy Labs' Devin Reimer and Andrew Eiche share lessons learned and stories of success and failure from the development of Vacation Simulator.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Training players right, so they don't hate learning to play 13
by Mike Stout [08.13.19]
In this 2015 feature, designer Mike Stout takes a look at examples of in-game training that skip the boring tutorials and teach players the rules of the game by letting them play the game.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: 7 must-read books for game designers 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.19]
This article discusses when and how game design has become a profession. Oh, and it also suggests seven books that every game designer needs to read.
Design

Learn what makes for great location-based VR experiences at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.13.19]
Come to XRDC in October and learn firsthand what it takes to build and operate (and design games for) one of the largest free-roam location-based VR venues in Europe!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: Understanding the reality of game development 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.19]
In this piece, I share my thoughts and experiences on what it means to make video games for a living, with insights from developers I've met over the past seven years.
Design

Blog: Lessons learned from the development of Vicious Circle  
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.19]
I sit down with the Head Designer of Vicious Circle, the newest game from Rooster Teeth. We discuss how the game came to be, and some of the lessons learned along the way.
Design

Don't Miss: How data miners shed light on P.T.'s ghost story 1
by Staff [08.12.19]
In this excerpt of his ebook "P.T. - A Video Game Ghost Story," Gamasutra contributor Joel Couture chats with P.T. data miner luxox18 about some of the secrets he's found in the game.
Console/PC, Design

PSA: Thursday is your last day to pitch Core Concepts talks for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [08.12.19]
GDC 2020 is still accepting pitches to present lectures, roundtables, and panels for the Core Concepts part of the event -- but submissions close this Thursday, August 15th at 11:59 PM PT! 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC