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Data-driven indie secrets with No More Robots' Mike Rose - GDC Podcast ep 13  
by Kris Graft [09.24.20]
Mike Rose, founder of Descenders and Hypnospace Outlaw publisher No More Robots talks about his approach to data-driven indie marketing and publishing, and what he looks for when signing new games.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Accessibility in games with AbleGamers' Greg Haynes - GDC Podcast ep. 12  
by Kris Graft [08.27.20]
For Greg Haynes, lead game user researcher at the AbleGamers charity, video games provide experiences that should be available to all people—and that means making them more accessible to people with a wide range of abilities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

GDC reveals upcoming virtual program, 2021 event lineup 1
by Staff [08.12.20]
Game Developers Conference 2021 will be a hybrid physical/virtual event taking place online and at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in July next year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

How to usher more women into leadership roles within the game industry  
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
At GDC Summer last week, Victoria Setian, sr. producer at Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios, described a three-pronged approach to cultivating female talent, particularly within triple-A studios.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

How to better design your game communities for kindness  
by Alex Wawro [08.07.20]
At GDC Summer this week Kitfox comms director Victoria Chan offered up five rules for being a better community manager and five steps you can take to build kinder, cozier communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Leveraging physical animation to sell Force powers in Jedi: Fallen Order  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Every Star Wars fan has dreamed of being a Jedi. But what is it about becoming a monk-like guardian of peace and justice that's so damn appealing? It's force powers. The answer is always force powers.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Five tips for making better loot experiences in games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
In tabletop games, the art of collation determines how players receive randomized items when buying blind-item packs. According to designer Eric Engelhard, those systems can work in video games too.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How Teamfight Tactics was designed to target former League of Legends players  
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer, Teamfight Tactics design lead David Abecassis broke down how Teamfight Tactics was designed to appeal to League of Legends players who've drifted off from high-level play.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Inside the twisting, turning development of Hardspace: Shipbreaker 1
by Alex Wawro [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer Blackbird Interactive’s Rory McGuire and Elliot Hudson reveal how the studio came up with a great original game idea and, through some hard pivots, turned it into Hardspace: Shipbreaker.
Indie, Production, GDC

Using emotion to drive social play in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Thatgamecompany 'feel engineer' John Hughes explains how emotion drives the social play at the core of Sky: Children of the Light
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.' 
Console/PC, Production, GDC

Why you should rethink how your company handles in-house harassment 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer, Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer challenged developers to rethink the fundamentals of why harassment happens in the workplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

To jumpstart creativity or your game dev career, focus on finishing something 1
by Alex Wawro [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer today Tribe Games founder Charles McGregor shared anecdotes and practical advice to help would-be game devs go pro or keep their passion for game-making hot. His top tip? Ship something.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Culture, advocacy, and trust: Building the foundations for a successful QA team  
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.20]
QA is a vital part of the game development process, but, as Private Division executive producer Kari Toyama explains in her GDC Summer talk, QA’s contributions and even presence is often underappreciated.
Programming, Production, GDC

King London art director on creating an aesthetic for a global audience  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.20]
If beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, then landing on the right art direction for a game that could be played by thousands or even millions of people must be something of a nightmare.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Business/Marketing, GDC

Legible font (still) one of the biggest accessibility issues in games 1
by Kris Graft [08.05.20]
Game accessibility has come a long way in recent times, but there are still important areas in need of improvement. Not the least of which is making game text easier to read for a wider range of people.
Art, Design, GDC

How Pokemon Go evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.20]
When COVID-19 exploded across the globe, Pokemon Go players needed to stay inside. Here's how Niantic helped them do that while still playing the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

How System Era overcame creative paralysis to fix Astroneer's crafting system  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.20]
System Era designer Aaron Biddlecom and gameplay programmer Elijah O'Rear explain how they mined their own game design to invigorate Astroneer's "flat" crafting system.
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

How Disney makes RPG mechanics work in real life at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.20]
Like many LARPers before them, Disney's Imagineers have transplanted role-playing game mechanics into the real world setting of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

New AbleGamers program aims to educate devs & foster a more inclusive industry  
by Alissa McAloon [08.04.20]
AbleGamers has announced a new initiative that aims to make its Accessible Player Experience Practitioner (APXP) course and the knowledge contained within more accessible to marginalized game developers.
Design, Production, GDC