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Video: Learning from 2 case studies of LGBTQ+ representation in games 1
by Staff [04.02.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk, game writer and narrative designer Tori Schafer explains her design process for creating complex and interesting LGBT+ characters.
Console/PC, Serious, Video, Vault

Video: How Gearbox baked accessibility features into Borderlands 3 1
by Staff [04.01.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk, Gearbox Software's Andre Bair discusses how accessibility features were embedded into the design of Borderlands 3 at an early stage in development.
Console/PC, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Using forgiveness mechanics to design better games  
by Staff [03.31.20]
In this 2020 GDC virtual talk Butterscotch Shenanigans' Seth Coster examines forgiveness mechanics, game systems that allow the player to be 'off' in their inputs but still get desirable results.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Storytelling with verbs to better integrate narrative and gameplay  
by Staff [03.30.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Capy's Kaitlin Tremblay discusses the inherent fiction behind our most common gameplay verbs, such as shooting, talking, deciphering puzzles, hacking, and the like.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing great UI that helps immerse players in your game  
by Staff [03.24.20]
In this 2018 GDC session, UI designer Steph Chow discusses how to embed a game's world into its user interface, and how to strike the right balance between player immersion and player usability.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

GDC 2020 talks are now available to watch for free on the GDC Vault!  
by Staff [03.24.20]
Game Developers Conference organizers are excited to announce that the insightful talks delivered by game industry experts during GDC 2020 last week are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Vault, GDC

Video: How sound tells the story of Night in the Woods  
by Staff [03.23.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Em Halberstadt explores the atmospheric audio of Night in the Woods, including the ways in which it changes over time, and brings life to that which cannot be seen.
Indie, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Storytelling lessons learned in 14 years at BioWare  
by Staff [03.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, former BioWare creative director Mike Laidlaw details some of the most important lessons he's learned about how narrative fits within games.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: The benefits of Paradox's long-term DLC model  
by Staff [03.19.20]
At GDC 2018 Henrik Fahraeus and Shams Jorjani explain why Paradox Development Studio switched over to a new DLC model, and reveal how it has proven beneficial for both the company and players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Making better games by understanding human error  
by Staff [03.18.20]
To err is human, and in this 2018 GDC talk Epic Games' Ben Lewis-Evans discusses the science of human error and how error can be prevented or encouraged to help create your intended game experience.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How a game changes based on the music you compose for it  
by Staff [03.17.20]
At GDC 2018 composers Becky Allen, Jason Graves, Arnold Nesis and Inon Zur discuss differences in their approaches to composition, and the effect that different music can have on the same game.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Refactoring Assassin's Creed Origins' NPC mission system  
by Staff [03.16.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Jean-Marie Santoni-Costantini explains how the mission system in Assassin's Creed Origins was changed from a scripted approach to a goal-oriented one.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Understanding the illusion of choice in game design  
by Staff [02.28.20]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Epic Games' Jim Brown examines the psychological and biological underpinnings of how people make choices, examining examples of how devs use these 'rules' to impact players,
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Procedural level design in XCOM 2  
by Staff [02.27.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Firaxis Games' Brian Hess explains how the development team of XCOM 2 survived the transition from hand-crafted to procedural level design.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Applying level design techniques to Subsurface Circular's dialogue  
by Staff [02.21.20]
In this 2018 GDC session, Bithell Games' Mike Bithell picks apart the design of Subsurface Circular's conversation trees and explains how their flow mirrors that of conventional level design.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the AI systems of Final Fantasy XV  
by Staff [02.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Square Enix's Youichiro Miyake offers up a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of Final Fantasy XV's three primary AI systems!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Valve's Portal postmortem  
by Staff [02.19.20]
In this 2008 GDC talk, Valve's Kim Swift and Erik Wolpaw expound upon the topic of integrating narrative into the game design of 2007's smash hit Portal.
Console/PC, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: A game dev's guide to salary negotiation  
by Staff [02.18.20]
In this 2019 GDC session Tara Brannigan, Robin Yang, and Elizabeth Sampat discuss why salary negotiation is important for your career in game development -- no matter who you are or where you start.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Designing custom hardware games Line Wobbler & Beasts of Balance  
by Staff [02.14.20]
In this 2017 GDC session, Alex Fleetwood and Robin Baumgarten discuss the development of two custom hardware games: Baumgarten's Line Wobbler, and Sensible Object's Beasts of Balance.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: The raw numbers behind indie game success, from $0 to $1 million  
by Staff [02.13.20]
In this 2018 GDC session indies Richard Atlas and Tanya X. Short compare and contrast the financial strategies of their two companies, revealing differences in pay rates, burn rates, and much more!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault