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Don't Miss: Plumbing the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by Staff [08.26.20]
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, History

Don't Miss: Secret of Mana's enduring influence 24
by Staff [08.17.20]
In this classic back-and-forth, game dev Douglas Wilson and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt reflect on Secret of Mana. What made the game so enduring? And what inspirations does it offer modern developers?
Console/PC, Design, History

Celebrating tech's unsung women pioneers, Romero calls for game dev gender parity  
by Alex Wawro [08.04.20]
"This is about diversity, not exclusion," veteran game maker Brenda Romero said today in her GDC Summer talk on the hidden histories of women in computing. "It’s important for us to get to equal."
Console/PC, History, GDC

Learn hidden histories of women in computing with Brenda Romero at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.01.20]
Veteran game maker Brenda Romero will be presenting a fascinating talk at GDC Summer next month about some of the overlooked but vital contributors to the history of computing and game development.
Console/PC, History, GDC

Don't Miss: A classic interview with Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane 5
by GDMag Staff [05.20.20]
Michiru Yamane is one of the most notable composers in the field. In 2006, Game Developer's Brandon Sheffield spoke to her about her work and published this intriguing interview.
Console/PC, Audio, History

Have a look at this pitch footage for a canned Prince of Persia game 1
by Alex Wawro [05.06.20]
A YouTube video titled "Prince of Persia Redemption" is getting some attention today after a number of devs confirmed it's target footage for a Prince of Persia game that was cancelled before release.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, History, Video

Classic Tools Retrospective: The birth, death, and re-birth of Gamebryo 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.01.20]
David Lightbown, UX director for the technology group at Ubisoft Montreal, offers an in-depth account of the people and events behind the Gamebryo engine and tools that powered games including Oblivion, Civilization IV, and many more.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, History

Don't Miss: Firaxis Games' classic postmortem of XCOM: Enemy Unknown 4
by Staff [04.14.20]
After this week's surprise announcement of XCOM: Chimera Squad, reflect back on this classic postmortem of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games' X-COM reimagining which launched a new franchise.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History

Iran video games timeline: from 1970 to 2019 18
by Arash Hackimi, Saeed Zafarany, Brandon Sheffield [03.02.20]
Journalist and game designer Arash Hackimi offers an extensive look at evolution of Iran's video game industry, tracing through nearly 50 years of Iranian video game history.
Indie, History

Come to GDC for an inside look at a secret game that helped win WWII  
by Staff [02.12.20]
The story of how young women designed a game to help the Allies win WWII is remarkably well-told in Simon Parkin's new book, and now he's coming to GDC to share rare insights into the game's design!
Serious, Design, History, GDC

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

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

Video: Game preservation lessons learned on EA's biggest sports games  
by Staff [11.05.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk EA's Garrett Fredley discusses the struggles and challenges of his work preserving releases for AAA sports franchises, detailing processes nearly every team can benefit from.
Console/PC, History, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: David Brevik's tale of designing the original Diablo 15
by Alex Wawro [11.01.19]
With Diablo IV recently confirmed, take a moment to refresh yourself on where the series started with this report from designer David Brevik's GDC 2016 postmortem of the original Diablo.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, History

Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.19]
As the Dreamcast turns 20, we got comments from developers of games like Shenmue, Space Channel 5, Samba de Amigo, Sonic Adventure, and more, to celebrate the short life of this innovative console.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, History

How id built Wolfenstein 3D using Commander Keen tech 3
by Fabien Sanglard [06.24.19]
This chapter of Fabien Sanglard's "Game Engine Black Book: Wolfenstein 3D" tells the origin story of id Software's first breakout FPS, and how it was built atop the success and tech of Commander Keen.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, History

Inside the work to get Doom on the Super Nintendo  
by Fabien Sanglard [06.07.19]
This chapter of Fabien Sanglard's "Game Engine Black Book: DOOM" examines the trials and triumphs of porting DOOM to the SNES, and the pivotal role played by Star Fox developer Argonaut Games.
Console/PC, Programming, History

Video: How Blizzard brought Orphea to Heroes of the Storm  
by Staff [06.04.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk Blizzard's Lana Bachynski covers the company's art and animation process, from first concept to final pass, through the lens of Orphea's development for Heroes of the Storm.
Console/PC, Art, Design, History

Game source code is a teaching tool, not a trade secret, argues VGHF founder  
by Alex Wawro [03.22.19]
“The industry sees source material as a trade secret,” Video Game History Foundation founder Frank Cifaldi said at GDC today. “We think it’s an educational tool."
Console/PC, Indie, History, GDC

How bad crediting hurts the game industry and muddles history 8
by Richard Moss [11.06.18]
Historians reflect on the game industry's bumpy track record of accurately crediting developers, and make a case for why standardizing game credits is critical if we want to understand the industry.
Console/PC, Indie, History