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How to write a useful game design document

I recently read James Sweatman from Jagex’s great article ‘Death of the game design document’ and this got me thinking about my experience of game design documents, and how I approach them. I agree largely with what James has said, it fits with my experience and type of documentation we ended up writing. Over the years we have developed a process for writing our documents, which whilst it is an ever evolving and improving process, has given us a standard format to work from. ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 7:01am CDT
 

Star Citizen funding at $50m and counting

More than $50 million has been donated to Cloud Imperium Games for the development of upcoming space exploration title Star Citizen. One of the most high-profile examples of crowd-funding, the title has now generated $51,075,243 from 525,131 backers, according to the game's website.  That's an increase of $10m in the last six months, suggesting the seemingly endless flow of cash could be slowing slightly when you think that the studi ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 5:12am CDT
 

Hello Games: We built this studio to make No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky developer Sean Murray says he formed Hello Games six years ago with a view to develop the hotly anticipated No Man's Sky.He revealed at Gamescom that while he loves the studio's previous game, Joe Danger, that title wasn't what the company set out to do."Hopefully you can get a sense with No Man's Sky, and what we're trying to do is a culmination of ambition for us," said Murray."We pretty much made Joe Danger to ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 4:40am CDT
 

Three-year dev cycle gives Call of Duty teams 'freedom to fail'

The shift from a two-year to a three-year development cycle for the Call of Duty development cycle gives developers more scope to be creative and possibly make mistakes. "That extra year of development time, particularly with the new consoles and the more powerful hardware, has really paid off thus far to iterate, innovate and try new things," Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg t ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 4:32am CDT
 

Are you the King of the North?

Are you smarter than Eutechnyx? Brainier than Reflections? More intelligent than Epic Games UK? Then sign up for the first ever Newcastle edition of The Develop Quiz, which will be held in just three weeks. The evening will see local studios competing in a heated (but friendly) competition of tricky brain teasers and semi-obscure trivia about video games, current affairs, popular culture and more. Want a taste of the type of questions asked? Play ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 4:26am CDT
 

Develop Quiz: Are you the King of the North?

Are you smarter than Eutechnyx? Brainier than Reflections? More intelligent than Epic Games UK? Then sign up for the first ever Newcastle edition of The Develop Quiz, which will be held in just three weeks. The evening will see local studios competing in a heated (but friendly) competition of tricky brain teasers and semi-obscure trivia about video games, current affairs, popular culture and more. Want a taste of the type of questions asked? Pl ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 4:26am CDT
 

GrabIt Magazine trying something new with rich media

Chris Stead, the founding editor of Australian Game Informer, has branched out with a fully interactive magazine which aims to challenge what we think rich media really means. He's created GrabIt Magazine, a digital magazine about mobile and tablet gaming which is now in its sixth episode (Stead prefers not to use the word 'issue'). It attempts to use every available in-game asset from the titles it covers to mak ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 4 days ago, 12:49am CDT
 

Monetise your HTML5 apps more easily with the new Intel XDK

If you’re interested in developing cross-platform apps using HTML5, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Intel® XDK has been updated with new features that make it easier to monetise your app and create richer user experiences. Intel XDK is a free tool suite that enables you to manage the development process from build, through test, to packaging for different app stores. It’s available as a free download for Windows, OS X and Ubuntu Linux. Cordova 3.5 API support has been impl ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 6 days ago, 10:30am CDT
 

Rare brand "more valuable" than Kinect Sports

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has once again reiterated Microsoft’s desire to ensure that Rare isn’t left languishing in a post-Kinect haze. Having made its names with a string of hit titles during Nintendo’s console heyday, in recent times the now Microsoft owned studio has effectively been tasked with stewarding the Kinect Sports IP. And with Kinect now ditched from most Xbox One bundles and completely absent from Microsoft’s Games ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 1 week ago, 5:50am CDT
 

Goodgame Studios targets hardcore gaming

Hamburg-based Goodgame Studios has announced it plans to branch out from its current free-to-play business and make titles for core gamers. The firm is best known for strategy, poker and other casual titles across smartphones, tablets and browsers, but now it plans to develop core titles for PC and various console systems. To that end, the firm has licensed the high-end Unreal Engine 4, which launched at GDC earlier this year. Having sa ...
Full article at: Develop Magazine 1 week ago, 5:43am CDT
 



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