March 2009


Postmortem - Ubisoft Montreal's
Far Cry 2
By Clint Hocking

Far Cry 2 had extremely lofty goals. The aim was to create a first-person shooter with an engaging and truly dynamic narrative, in a vibrant persistent living world. After three and a half years of development, creative director Clint Hocking shares the hits and misses of this fascinating and rather under-discussed franchise reboot.

Dirty Coding Tricks
By Mark Cooke, Noel Llopis, Austin McGee, David Dynerman, Mick West, Nick Waanders, and anonymous contr

In this tell-all article, eight programmers share harrowing tales of last-minute hacks performed to ship or save game projects. These often humorous anecdotes contain a lot of lessons for programmers, but should also be quite amusing for anyone who's ever worked with one.

Ground From Smoke
By Korneliusz Warszawski

Why build general terrain the hard way, when you could have a particle system generate it for you? Korneliusz Warszawski proposes that particle-based terrain generation can save both coders and artists plenty of time.

Subtractive Design
By David Sirlin

The idea behind subtractive design is to start with the core of what a game should be about, and then cut away everything that doesn't fit as the game progresses. This method, or something like it, is what led the Ico and Portal teams to such critical success.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Spiele ber Alles
Heads Up Display
Global Game Jam's debut, and top 10 freeware iPhone games
Jeffrey Fleming
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Jill Duffy
The Career-Seeker's Guide to GDC
Tool Box
Mike de la Flor
Autodesk Mudbox 2009, and product news
The Inner Product
Noel Llopis
Writing Reusable Code
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
The Boneyard
Design Of The Times
Soren Johnson
Asynchronous Design
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
Tools of the Trade
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
The Voice of Experience
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