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Watch Children of Morta's lead dev explain its family-focused game design  
by Bryant Francis [07.09.19]
Children of Morta lead def Amir Fassihi discusses the game's family-driven progression system, how a Unity pipeline bug slowed down game iteration, and more.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Chat with the developers behind Children of Morta starting at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [07.09.19]
The developers behind Children of Morta are taking your questions starting at 3PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

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

Behind the audio of Total War: Three Kingdoms 1
by Tom McCaren, Valentin Goellner [07.02.19]
Creative Assembly's audio designer and senior audio designer offer an inside look at the audio of the recently released Total War: Three Kingdoms - including how ASMR influenced the sound design.
Audio, Design, Video

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

Watch a breakdown of the design and planning that keeps Dauntless running  
by Bryant Francis [06.26.19]
The developers behind Behemoth-slaying online game Dauntless share stories and insight from the game's development.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Chat with the developers behind Dauntless starting at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [06.26.19]
The developers behind Dauntless are taking your questions starting at 3PM ET on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Game Design Deep Dive: Making the 100(!) endings of Reventure 2
by Javi Cepa [06.26.19]
Javi Cepa explains the design challenges in making Reventure, a Steam success that has 100 different endings.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

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

Building interesting emergence in Dying Light 2 2
by Bryant Francis [06.25.19]
Lead game designer Tymone Smektala explains how a 50 percent completion rate for Dying Light has helped push Techland into making an emergent, choice-driven sequel.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Minecraft: Education Edition is getting an Immersive Reader and new educator resources  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Mojang is making some notable tweaks to Minecraft: Education Edition to help make the learning tool even more accessible.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

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