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Video: Improving cross-disciplinary communication in small teams  
by Staff [09.11.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk Harmonix's Jeff Hesser examines and explains why, as teams get smaller and more agile, their need to improve conversations across disciplinary lines increases.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How to get a job writing for games  
by Staff [09.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Zak Garriss and Tracey John demystify the application process and provide some understanding of how to break into the field for aspiring game writers and narrative designers.
Console/PC, Indie, Video, Vault

Video: How to survive and thrive as a small studio without a big hit  
by Staff [09.09.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel, Christopher Langmuir, Theresa Duringer and Tanya X. Short give realistic examples of how to run a small game studio without a surprise runaway hit.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Designing levels for a video game mixtape  
by Staff [09.06.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Alejandro Quan-Madrid discusses the creation of mobile game FRKN WKND, a kind of video game mixtape that's made up of a collection of autobiographical vignette games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Understanding Halo 5's geometry caching optimizations  
by Staff [09.05.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Zabir Hoque and Ben Laidlaw walk you through the optimizations made to the vertex caching pipeline of Halo 5: Guardians to make the game's destruction come alive.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How indies and small studios can succeed with licensed games  
by Staff [09.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Devolver Digital's Nigel Lowrie, Nerial's Francois Alliot, and HBO's Jeff Peters explore how smaller devs can succeed with licensed games like Reigns: Game of Thrones
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: A data-driven deep dive into the 12 motivations for players  
by Staff [09.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Quantic Foundry's Nick Yee take a deep dive into 12 major player motivations, based on Quantic Foundry's survey of over 400,000 game players!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Conquering the creative challenges in Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [08.29.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk, Insomniac Games' Bryan Intihar discusses how the team overcame three major hurdles in order to hit the creative/narrative goals that were set for Marvel's Spider-Man.
Console/PC, Production, Video, Vault

Video: The three phases of designing Episode's interactive fiction  
by Staff [08.27.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Michael Dawson explains how the Episode teams take a story idea and design it into a polished interactive mobile entertainment experience in three phases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: A soft skills survival guide for game developers  
by Staff [08.26.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Certain Affinity's Richard Vogel discusses what it's like working in the games industry for over 20 years and the most important soft skills needed for success.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the transmedia storytelling of Final Fantasy XV  
by Staff [08.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Square Enix's Dan Inoue discusses what rules were made and broken to maintain a cohesive, coherent narrative in Final Fantasy XV.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes 1
by Staff [08.21.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk PopCap Games' Becky Allen shares an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the dynamic music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Think you're ready to pitch a publisher? You're not, and here's why  
by Staff [08.20.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Finji's Rebekah Saltsman explains how Finji builds and uses pitch documents, key art and game play videos to help developers improve their pitches to publishers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Designing for color blindness in games  
by Staff [08.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Creative Assembly's Douglas Pennant introduces you to best practices and solutions that can help you make games that are more accessible to the colorblind.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Great game audio choreography for battle design  
by Staff [08.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, veteran voice director Khris Brown discusses how to approach to improving fight mechanic audio design while the player is in the heat of battle.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

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

Video: Achieving high-quality, low-cost skin textures in games  
by Staff [08.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Square Enix's Adelle Bueno presents a workflow for character skin detail texturing that allows for affordable, detailed representation of a variety of unique pore types!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

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

Video: Using AI to build a better future for game art production  
by Staff [08.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Promethean AI founder Andrew Maximov breaks down 3 categories of potential applications for AI in art production:in content creation, at runtime and as creative partner.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

Video: A decade of improving the approachability of fighting games  
by Staff [08.09.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Iron Galaxy Studios' Noah Sasso surveys the ways devs have attempted to broaden the audience for one of the oldest and most exciting genres in the industry: fighting games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault