December 2011


By Bill Muehl

The Gunstringer was conceived by Twisted Pixel in one night, in a restaurant, in front of a Microsoft executive. From this curious beginning, the team went on to create a compelling core-friendly Kinect game, complete with a full-motion video downloadable episode, all in 12 months, without an environment artist. Post-release, Microsoft purchased them, so they must have done something right!

Intuition, Expectations. And Culture
By Ara Shirinian

What makes a game mechanic intuitive? How about a user interface? Game developers have grappled with these questions for years, usually relying on user tests and player feedback. This article proposes that in addition to playtests, developers should brush up on a bit of psychology to measure players' expectations against the final game.

All That Glitters: An Interview with Bungie's Senior Graphics Architect
By Brandon Sheffield

Hao Chen leads Bungie's graphics team, which helped bring the world of Halo to life, and now a brand new IP. We spoke in depth with Chen about trends in graphics, and revamping the company's engine for multiple platforms and the next generation of consoles.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Virtually Occupied
Heads Up Display
Front Line Awards finalists, and top Xbox Live Indie Games
Jens Hauch
Allegortithmic Substance Designer 2
The Inner Product
Niklas Frykholm
Managing Coupling
Design of the Times
Damion Schubert
No "I" in Team
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
Good Job!
Brandon Sheffield
Allen Murray moves to PopCap, Who Went Where, ? and New Studios
GDC News
Top Quotes From GDC Online
The Business
David Edery
Evolving Triple Town
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
The New Kid in School
Educated Play
Tom Curtis
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
I'm Almost Done
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