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Barebones of Quests

Dec 17 2014 07:53 AM | Posted By Gavyn Bryan in Game Design
"Quests" and "Missions" in Video Games all have common bare-bones, whether blatant or subtle. In this article, we'll explore the "skeletal structure" of quests in video games and how we can add "meat" to it.

Tagged With:  quest  story  design  RPG 
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How to Make a Good Sequel to Your Casual Game

Dec 12 2014 07:13 PM | Posted By Ievgen Leonov in Game Design
To create a game hit from scratch or to make a good part two for the existing project? Which of the two options is a shortcut to success? The answer is not that obvious as it may seem, for sequel production may be a hard nut to crack.

Tagged With:  developers  sequel  tips  guide 
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When do videos need voiceovers? UNDER REVIEW

Dec 11 2014 12:33 PM | Posted By Kirill Kliushkin in Music and Sound
Our thoughts about when videos for games need voiceovers, and when they don’t. There are important pluses and minuses we think everyone should be aware of

Tagged With:  Videos  Voiceovers  Mobile Games  Trailers  Sound  Voice  Games 
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Inside the Indie Art Process of Archmage Rises

Dec 04 2014 06:20 AM | Posted By Thomas Henshell in Visual Arts
Thomas Henshell and Rogier van de Beek dive deep into how they make the artwork being produced for Thomas’ upcoming 2D RPG Archmage Rises.

Tagged With:  art  indie  rpg 
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Data Visualization in Games: Leaderboards UNDER REVIEW

Nov 26 2014 02:56 PM | Posted By Erik Hazzard in Game Design
Leaderboards are a visualization of achievement. Their goal is to make comparisons between some player (or item's) ranks. This is a pretty board statement because implementations of leaderboards can be found not just in arcades, not just in single or multiplayer games, but also in non-games. There are many types of leaderboards, and can produce powerful emotional reactions

Tagged With:  data visualization  leaderboards 
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Retro Mortis: RTS (Part 2) - Then a Blizzard came... UNDER REVIEW

Nov 24 2014 09:14 PM | Posted By Michel Mony in Game Design
In this article, I take a look at what Blizzard's Warcraft: Orcs and Humans brought to the table and how it differed from Dune II.

Tagged With:  DesignRTS  Retro  Warcraft  Blizzard 
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Designing a "Playable" UI That Secretly Teaches How to Play

Nov 19 2014 09:32 AM | Posted By Yowan Langlais in Game Design
How to create a fun user interface that teaches players how to play your game.

Tagged With:  design  user interface  UI 
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Retro Mortis: RTS (Part 1) - It was found in a Desert...

Nov 13 2014 03:04 AM | Posted By Michel Mony in Game Design
In this article we examine the origins of the RTS and mechanics that were revisited or forgotten.

Tagged With:  Design  RTS  Dune  Retro 
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Composing an Indie RPG Title Track UNDER REVIEW

Nov 07 2014 11:11 AM | Posted By Thomas Henshell & James Marantette in Music and Sound
Composer James Marantette sheds some light on the creative process behind the Archmage Rises title track.

Tagged With:  rpg  music  composing  composition  title track  archmage  indie 
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Making Games is Hard

Nov 07 2014 07:48 AM | Posted By Peter Cardwell-Gardner in Game Design
A developer shares the story of his experience and difficulties in creating a game that's still not done.

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What Makes Old Games Addictive

Oct 27 2014 03:54 PM | Posted By Miguel7 in Game Design
Nostalgia aside, what makes those old-school 2D platformers, scrolling shooters, unrealistic sports games and others so addictive? Why are there so many spoofs, emulators, and even USB controllers for games that by today's standards really aren't that good? In this article I'll share what I think is the secret.

Tagged With:  2-D  Mario  Zelda  shooter  platformer 
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Luck in Games: Why RNG isn't the answer

Oct 24 2014 01:38 PM | Posted By Elyot Grant in Game Design
Hearthstone's design team told us we'd be crazy to make a game without luck. But here's the secret to why games without luck are actually more addictive, and players are far better off without it (contrary to what most AAA studios would have you believe).

Tagged With:  luck  rng  hearthstone  game design 
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Design of an Indie Action Game

Sep 21 2014 11:46 PM | Posted By Mike Shafer in Game Design
During the development of Bain's Redemption, I had to wear many hats. This article tries to convey what works and doesn't work in the context of the design of a third-person action game.

Tagged With:  gameplay  ai  custom  3d  design  action 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Animation

Sep 09 2014 04:29 AM | Posted By Matt Kidd in Visual Arts
While some movement was best handled programmatically, Feeding Time‘s extensive animal cast and layered environments still left plenty of room for hand-crafted animation.

Tagged With:  animation  art  Feeding Time  video game  game development  game art  game  game dev  game design  design 
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Dynamic Narrative in The Hit

Sep 09 2014 04:29 AM | Posted By Dan Stubbs in Game Design
I'm currently working on a player-driven dynamic narrative system. This is the blog post I wrote in response to Ken Levine's 'Narrative Lego' GDC talk, which was originally published on Gamasutra.com. Since then I've filled in some of the gaps, and I'm planning a follow-up article, but for now I'm working full-time on developing The Hit.

Tagged With:  narrative  story  design  writing 
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How to Record High Quality Video of Your Game using a Slow Computer UNDER REVIEW

Sep 08 2014 09:18 AM | Posted By Jarmo Kukkola in Visual Arts
I wanted to make a game play trailer for my original arcade puzzle game Futile Tiles (http://www.futiletiles.com). The game is very fast and I needed to achieve high framerate and quality for the video, which is challenging using a slow computer. Low recording frame rate can also distract controlling the game actions.

Tagged With:  Youtube  record  video  gameplay  after effects 
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Distilling Game Design UNDER REVIEW

Sep 04 2014 08:52 PM | Posted By Teresa Munoz in Game Design
Distilled Game Design is what Experience is all about, is your game in its purest form. In order to achieve true Game Design you must figure out what your basic experience is and build your game up from there.

Tagged With:  Game Design  Game Experience 
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Autodesk Maya 2015 Review

Aug 09 2014 07:52 PM | Posted By Kelly L. Murdock in Visual Arts
Maya 2015 is packed full of new features, new effects engines, improvements and updates that make it one strong tool for game artists

Tagged With:  review  autodesk  maya  modeling  3d 
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3ds Max 2015 Review

Jul 23 2014 09:13 PM | Posted By Kelly L. Murdock in Visual Arts
This version has a few nice surprises, but the biggest changes are under the hood. The viewports seem more responsive and the software doesn't crash nearly as often as the previous version

Tagged With:  review  3ds max  3d modeling  visual arts 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Interface UNDER REVIEW

Jul 17 2014 09:08 AM | Posted By Derek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
In the third article about the art from the iOS game Feeding Time, the iterative process of narrowing down styles and motifs for the game's user interface is described.

Tagged With:  user interface  art  Feeding Time  game art  interface  graphics  design  game design  game development  game dev 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Backgrounds

Jul 10 2014 01:56 AM | Posted By Radek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
In part two of a series about the art of new iOS game Feeding Time, learn about the process of nailing down background art.

Tagged With:  feeding time  background  puzzle  ios  development  indie  papercraft  unity  visual  unity2d 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Characters

Jul 05 2014 08:43 AM | Posted By Radek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
Lead designer of Feeding Time, an iOS game with a papercraft visual style, describes the iterative process of designing characters in a grid puzzle game

Tagged With:  art  animation  feeding time  puzzle  ios  development  indie  papercraft  unity  unity2d  unity3d  visual  characters 
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4-Layers, A Narrative Design Approach

Jun 21 2014 01:51 AM | Posted By Thomas Grip in Game Design
A new "4-layers" approach to narrative design in games, based on a talk Thomas gave at GDC 2014.

Tagged With:  narrative  design  story 
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From Donkey Kong to the Silver Screen: The Past, Present and Future of Game Cinematics UNDER REVIEW

May 19 2014 06:49 PM | Posted By Martin McBain in Game Design
Whilst the earliest uses of cinematics within games were very simple affairs - intros and outros or bookends to gameplay - we have moved on to stunningly impressive cinematic sequences and interactive gameplay to bring contemporary visual storytelling to life. With the lines between Hollywood movies and gloriously cinematic gaming titles becoming increasingly blurred, we are entering a whole ne...

Tagged With:  cutscenes  cinematics  visual storytelling  narrative 
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5 Core Elements of Interactive Storytelling

May 09 2014 08:50 AM | Posted By Thomas Grip in Game Design
Thomas (from Frictional Games) shares his personal view on 5 core elements of interactive storytelling in video games.

Tagged With:  writing  interactive storytelling  narrative 
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