August 2009


Postmortem: High Voltage's The Conduit
By Josh Olson and Eric Nofsinger

The Conduit represents High Voltage's first major foray into the world of original IP, after years of making licensed product. The lack of an external license to guide their choices and a publisher to keep them on track proved difficult-this postmortem provides good information for any company looking to make that leap.

Middleware Showdown
By Mark DeLoura

More and more companies are using middleware to alleviate the pain of rising development costs. But there's not a whole lot of information out there. Our survey shows what developers want from middleware, and which packages are most popular in each field.

Bang! Are You Dead?
By Ronald Roy

Determining damage in online player-versus-player games requires an arbiter, not only to make sure that hits are correctly scored, but also to circumvent cheaters. Sony's Ronald Roy shares some tips.

The Fearful Eye: Cinematic Cameras
By Chris Pruett

Most games don't really aim for cinematic excellence, preferring instead to show as much of the game as possible. But it's possible to do both, as this article proves through a careful dissection of the design considerations involved.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Heads Up Display
The best game mods of 2009, Amiga Forever updates, the 2010 IGF submission timeline, and more.
Tool Box
Andrew Jones, Tom Carroll
Corel Painter 11, Art DVD reviews
The Inner Product
Noel Llopis
Procedural Content Creation
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
Check Out That Asset!
Design Of The Times
Soren Johnson
Turn-Based Vs. Real Time
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
Retro Fitting In
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
Staying Sane
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