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Balancing art and production needs to create Valorant's cosmetics 1
by Bryant Francis [07.23.21]
Riot's Preeti Khanolkar and Sean Marino shared how Riot Games produces the high-tier cosmetics driving revenue for Valorant at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Production, GDC

How the painful process of cutting ideas almost sank Sea of Solitude 1
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
"Calculating the timeframe and the scope for development so poorly is what nearly caused the whole production to fail."
Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Using vorticles to simulate wind in Ghost of Tsushima 1
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
"We're doing the most basic approximation of fluid dynamics by taking several height map samples out in front of each particle and giving it an upwards velocity in advance so they float over things nicely."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

It’s the final day of GDC 2021. Let’s finish strong!  
by Staff [07.23.21]
It’s time to finish up GDC 2021 with a bang. Join us for the final day of this year’s all-digital conference!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Naughty Dog prototyped the interactive guitar in The Last of Us Part II  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
"[We decided] the simplest affordance is probably going to be a wheel menu on the analog stick. That way the player can deflect in a corresponding direction without having them look down."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Eight tools for creating chilling horror from the maker of FAITH  
by Bryant Francis [07.22.21]
FAITH creator Mason Smith dropped by GDC 2021 with insights on how developers can scare the pants off players even when they’re only working with a handful of pixels.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

A taxonomy of Weenies: the landmarks that define Ghost of Tsushima  
by Bryant Francis [07.22.21]
Here's a breakdown of the different landmark types Sucker Punch used to make Ghost of Tsushima's virtual world compelling and navigable.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Make it a fabulous fourth day of GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.22.21]
The penultimate day of GDC 2021 is about to start! Here’s a few sessions to help you build out your schedule for today’s show.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Umurangi Generation leads the way at the 23rd annual Independent Games Festival Awards  
by Staff [07.21.21]
Umurangi Generation also honored with the Excellence in Narrative Award, other winners include Vessels, Genesis Noir, Arrog, Teardown, and Blaseball.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Here's a deep dive on the first 30 minutes of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales  
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here's how Insomniac Games made sure their take on Miles Morales landed with a smash.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

That time World of Warcraft's servers buckled under thousands of players in a single zone  
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
Take a walk down memory lane with Blizzard's Joseph Cochran and Kurtis McCathern to the time a global World of Warcraft event invited players to gather by the thousands--and positively wrecked the game's servers.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Understanding the meaningless, micro-reactive, and marvellous writing of Disco Elysium 2
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"This thing that we've been calling micro-reactivity is essentially a process for generating narrative ripples on an industrial scale."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Naughty Dog defined melee attacks and behaviors in The Last of Us Part II  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"A melee attack contains animations to be played by the attacker and the defender, or the target. Then we have starting and ending conditions for each melee attack."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Day three of GDC 2021 is about to start!  
by Staff [07.21.21]
The third day of the all-digital Game Developers Conference will feature can’t-miss DevNotes, talks, and of course the IGF and Game Developers Choice Awards.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

The collaborative process behind Miles Morales' iconic Bodega Cat Suit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"While it may just seem like another suit, this symbolized the team spirit we have at Insomniac and serves as a great example of our collaborative nature."
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Frostpunk designer: Systems can express personal ideas, even unintentionally  
by Bryant Francis [07.20.21]
In her GDC 2021 talk, former Frostpunk game designer Marta Fijak broke down how designers can use game systems to express authorial intent—for better and potentially for worse.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Designing biomes to create memorable adventures in Assassin's Creed Valhalla  
by Chris Kerr [07.20.21]
"From all the sources, and after a lot of iteration separating mountain biomes, grasslands, forests, we were able to boil it down to two main biomes: essentially lush and dry."
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Guiding players with story-driven events in live games using 'breadcrumbs'  
by Bryant Francis [07.20.21]
King's Abigail Rindo shared how the studio uses “narrative breadcrumbs” to guide players through story-driven events.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

It’s time for the second day of GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.20.21]
Day 2 of GDC 2021 is about to begin! Here are some can’t-miss sessions you should check out during this week’s all-digital event.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

In Death Stranding, navigating the world was harder for NPCs than players  
by Bryant Francis [07.19.21]
Kojima Productions' Eric Johnson explained why NPCs had a harder time navigating Death Stranding's treacherous terrain than players did—and how they worked around that difficulty.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC