January 2011


Postmortem: Harmonix' Dance Central
By Kasson Crooker, Marc Flury, Matt Boch, Dean Tate, and Ryan Challinor

Developing a launch title for a new piece of hardware is never easy, but simultaneously working with a new user input paradigm makes the task exponentially more difficult. Harmonix rose to the occasion, creating new UI and a new way to play.

Front Line Awards
By Jeffrey Fleming, Chris Griffith, Tom Carroll, Alexander Brandon, Mark Cooke, Joe Allen, Adam Hatch, Nathan Fouts, and Amitt Mahajan

The 13th annual Front Line Awards are here, presenting the best in game tools as voted by you, the readers of Game Developer and the game development community at large. Categories include art, audio, middleware, engine, programming, and networking tools.

Prope's Ivy the Kiwi?
By Kohei Takase and Yusaku Yamanaka

In this bonus postmortem, the Ivy the Kiwi? team outlines how its newest game went from a minigame spawned by a new hire initiation, to a full-fledged product for Wii and DS.

GDC Preview Guide

Our GDC preview guide should help you get a handle on some of the early talks and summits coming out of the 25th anniversary of the biggest gathering of game developers anywhere. (GDC is run by the UBM Techweb Game Group, as is this magazine.)

Your Move
By Rade Stojsavljevic

As hardware evolves, so too must each established genre adapt itself to new platforms. Here, an original Command and Conquer designer discusses bringing the strategy genre to touch devices.


Game Plan
Brandon Sheffield
Developers Versus the Press
Heads Up Display
Ultimate Newcomer, IGF China winners, and Propeller Awards.
2010 Front Line Award Finalist
The Award Finalists for Art, Audio, Game Engine, Middleware, Networking, and Production/Programming tools.
Tool Box
Kenneth Lammers
Allegorithmic's Substance Designer
The Inner Product
Dave Mark
Getting More Out of Numbers
Pixel Pusher
Steve Theodore
Scoped and Groped
Design Of The Times
Damion Schubert
The Many Forms of Game Narrative
The Business
John Graham
A Singular Journey
Aural Fixation
Jesse Harlin
Let's Do The Time Warp Again
Good Job!
Brandon Sheffield
Ian Adams Q&A, who went where, and new studios.
Educated Play
Jeffrey Fleming
Shadows of Abigail from the FIEA.
Eye On GDC
Meggan Scavio and Brian Reynolds interviewed.
Arrested Development
Matthew Wasteland
Studio Pravda
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