October 2008


Top Twenty Publishers
By Trevor Wilson

Game Developer's 6th annual Top 20 Publishers article highlights the best and brightest in the publishing business. As the only listing with empirically ranked data from developers, release statistics, and sales rankings, this list truly represents the top players in the industry.

Postmortem - The World Ends With You
By Takeshi Arakawa, Tomohiro Hasegawa, and Tatsuya Kando

The World Ends with You was a departure for Square Enix - a new IP, done in 2D, and set in real-world locations. The game took three creative leads who had never directed a game before, and threw them to the wolves. They learned, as do we all, that it's not as easy as it seems.

Shoot To Thrill
By Tim Hong

In this feature, EmSense uses biometrics to determine what parts of a number of shooting titles were most appealing to players. The findings presented here will be particularly interesting to designers, producers, and directors of these titles, as there is no subjectivity or question and answer period to get in the way. Just heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Under Pressure
Heads Up Display
The demoscene at NVision 2008 and GameStop's Las Vegas Expo
Tool Box
Nicholas Olsen
Doxygen Essentials
The Inner Product
Noel Llopis
Delicious Data Baking
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
Clone Wars
Design Of The Times
Damion Schubert
Designing Choice
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
Ahead of the Curve
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
Postcards from the Edge
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