Weekly Roundup: October 16, 2016

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A lot of VR news this week, as well as several other gamedev gems. This post covers 10/3 – 10/16 due to an inconvenient business trip 🙂

Check out Episode 4 for a discussion on whether the first generation of VR will realize the dream of immersive experience or whether we still have further to go.

  • An interview with Jesse Schell of Schell Games provides practical tips for soliciting valuable feedback during play tests. (polygon)
  • Valve showed off a prototype of its new hand tracking controller at the Steam Dev Days event in Seattle. (gamasutra)
  • David Mullich summarizes a paper prototyping panel discussion moderated by IGDA Los Angeles and hosted by NYFA. (davidmullich.com)
  • Torbern Ellert on the Elusive Target system in Hitman: a fantastic example of compelling game design. The design creates experiences that are distinct, exciting, and rare, while matching the game theme perfectly. (gamasutra)
  • Jeff Cork and Kyle Hilliard at Game Informer provide a convenient overview of the state of VR platforms, including PlayStation VR. (gameinformer)
  • Ben Kuchera observes that the legal risk of publishing misleading game trailers or screenshots is low, and that it is up to consumers to hold game developers accountable. (polygon)
  • Another installment of Gamasutra’s excellent Game Design Deep Dive series: prototyping and design iteration by Beglitched designer AP Thomson. (gamasutra)
  • A helpful discussion of procedural generation on Chasm, a Metroidvania-style game that strikes a balance between hand-crafted design and procedural generation to increase variety and replayability. (gamasutra)

Image credit: Schell Games

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