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Video: Inside the design of Subnautica  
by Staff [07.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Unknown Worlds' Charlie Cleveland discusses the design of hit underwater survival sim Subnautica and how it created feelings of exploration, discovery and the unknown.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Zachtronics' approach to open-ended puzzle design  
by Staff [07.08.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, podcaster Drew Messinger-Michaels talks to Zachtronics' Zach Barth about the studio's puzzle design process, from the initial concept to mechanics to how story is integrated.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Game design tools beyond spreadsheets and flowcharts  
by Staff [07.05.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, game designer Katharine Neil gives an overview of some of the game design tools available that might help game designers improve their work.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing the control and progression schemes of Brawl Stars  
by Staff [07.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Supercell's Antti Summala explores the many control schemes and progression systems designed for Brawl Stars.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Designing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's remarkable elephant ride  
by Staff [07.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Naughty Dog story animator Marianne Hayden covers the story and design evolution of the remarkable elephant ride in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: The dialog systems and tools of Firewatch  
by Staff [07.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Unity's William Armstrong and Campo Santo's Patrick Ewing discuss the logic, tools, and workflow behind the dialog system used on Firewatch.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Darkest Dungeon's 'camp counselor' approach to community management  
by Staff [07.01.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk John Lindvay explains why Darkest Dungeon dev Red Hook adopted a 'camp counselor' approach to community management, and how it helped foster strong relationships with players.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: 1,500 Slot Machines Walk Into A Bar: Adventures in game quantity over quality  
by Staff [06.27.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Alex Schwartz and Ziba Scott reveal how they tried to determine the lowest bar for success on mobile app stores by flooding the market with over 1.5k auto-generated slot machine games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Rapid-fire animation insights from the GDC 2019 Animation Microtalks  
by Staff [06.26.19]
In this GDC 2019 microtalk session 11 experts from Blizzard, BioWare and other industries present a series of rants, raves, observations and wild musings on animation and the game industry as a whole.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Tips on art directing VFX for stylized games  
by Staff [06.25.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk artists from Double Fine, Epic Games, and more discuss methods for establishing the artistic pillars of your game's VFX, using specific examples from iconic games!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Learning from the doomed launch of Brigador  
by Staff [06.20.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Stellar Jockeys' Hugh Monahan dissects the development and release of Brigador from both marketing and design perspectives, to help you learn what went wrong.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Using email lists for fun, profit, and building your own fan club  
by Staff [06.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game developer Chris Zukowski explains how to level up your email list, and why a well-run email list can be 5-10 times more effective than Twitter or Facebook!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Designing Gambit Mode for Destiny 2: Forsaken  
by Staff [06.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Bungie's Peter Sarrett dives into how Destiny 2's Gambit mode combines PvE with a smidge of PvP, and explains why it's the story of development gone delightfully right.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How the 'indiepocalypse' changed the shape of indie success  
by Staff [06.17.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, indie dev Jason Rohrer digs into some data behind the 2014-2018 'indiepocalypse' to help indies figure out how not to waste 4 years of their life on the next high-profile flop.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: 9 takeaways of Duelyst's journey from tabletop to digital game  
by Staff [06.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Counterplay Games' Eric Lang & Keith Lee reflect on the development of Duelyst, share lessons learned and explain how it went from a boardgame prototype to a digital card game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: 5 more game design techniques from rather clever devs  
by Staff [06.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk game designers Richard Rouse III, Erin Hoffman-John, Soren Johnson, Raph Koster, Josh Sawyer, and Stone Librande share unique game design rules they've used in their work.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How cheating and making player life easier helped Dead Cells shine  
by Staff [06.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard provides a closer look at how cheating and making player life easier actually made Dead Cells a hardcore game without the rage-quitting.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Inside the theme-oriented design of Phantom Doctrine  
by Staff [06.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Artificer's Kacper Szymczak explores ways of thinking and step-by-step guides on how to effectively flesh out games based on the themes you're trying to explore.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Why fashion in (most) games sucks, and why you should care 1
by Staff [06.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran explores the recent history of fashion in games and provides multiple tips for making your own character designs runway-worthy. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Video: Efficient texture streaming in Titanfall 2  
by Staff [06.07.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Respawn Entertainment's Chad Barb serves up a deep dive into the company's approach to efficient texture streaming in its 2016 hit shooter Titanfall 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Video, Vault