December 2010


Postmortem: Ubisoft Montreal's Splinter Cell Conviction
By Patrick Redding, Alex Parizeau, and Maxime Beland

Moving Splinter Cell's trademark stealth-based game play in an action oriented direction without undermining the series was a tricky problem for Ubisoft Montreal. The original game design for Conviction was radically different from the franchise's traditional mechanics and necessitated a mid-development reboot. Fortunately, clear direction and a well-tuned production pipeline kept the team from being knocked off balance by the shift.

By Robert Perry and Peter Wilkins

Big explosions with lots of fragmentation and debris are a video game mainstay. But making them look convincingly unique is a tedious process for artists. Here, the authors describe a procedural technique for automatically generating fragmented meshes that can save both time and sanity.

Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment
By Tim Rogers

Are the now-ubiquitous Quick Time Events in games a lazy way to keep players mashing buttons? Or, are they broadening the range of expression for game designers? Using examples from the past and present, this article looks to the future of QTEs.

Electric Eye
By César Botana

Kinect and Move have arrived, and with them comes a growing interest in augmented reality. In this article, César Botana guides you step by step through the basics of the OpenCV library, an essential tool for pattern recognition in augmented reality games. Also covered is placement of 3D objects in game worlds based on these patterns' orientations.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Move Back to Kinect
Heads Up Display
IGDA Leadership Forum, the Automatypewriter, and Bunten papers archived.
2010 Front Line Award Finalist
The Award Finalists for Art, Audio, Game Engine, Middleware, Networking, and Production/Programming tools.
Tool Box
Tom Carroll
Autodesk 3ds Max 2011
The Inner Product
Giacomino Veltri
Game Configuration at Crystal Lake
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
The Balkans
Design Of The Times
Soren Johnson
Stop Making Sense
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
The Weight of Silence
Good Job!
Brandon Sheffield
Bradley Johnson Q&A, who went where, and new studios.
Educated Play
Jeffrey Fleming
David Arenou's Immersive Rail Shooter..
Eye On GDC
Independent Games Festival news and IGF China finalists.
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
Our Last, Best Hope
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