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How Animal Crossing’s creepy sheep came to life ⊟

The minds behind Animal Crossing: New Leaf gave a wonderful presentation at the Game Developers Conference about how creating a diverse team – nearly half of the group, led by co-director Aya Kyogoku, were women – helped produce a super successful title with broad appeal. Nintendo has sold over 7.3 million copies, and around 18% of 3DS owners bought the game.

Along with promoting diversity in its team, the group encouraged all of its members to submit their ideas for what to include in New Leaf. That’s why some of the concept images for characters here looks like straight-up DeviantArt uploads. Shout-outs to that corner piece for the sectional sofa, though – that joint changed the game, for real. No shout-outs to Pietro, the terrifying clown sheep. Get out of here, man.

Images via @Gamasutra and @Samuel_IGN

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Making Fluid and Powerful Animations For Skullgirls | GDC 2014

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I’m honored to be the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award. The Ambassador Award honors an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art. The award was presented to me by Neil Druckmann, creative director on the 2014 GDC Game of the Year, The Last of Us.

Full transcript available on my website.

“Embora os montes sejam sacudidos e as colinas sejam removidas, ainda assim a minha fidelidade para com você não será abalada, nem a minha aliança de paz será removida”, diz o Senhor, que tem compaixão de você.
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Come play and test my school project at GDC this week. I’ll be hanging out in the board game section a lot.

I had to colorize the Blu portraits myself. I was going to ask if anyone wanted the images, but then I realized, I did it the the cards crappy resolution, so never mind.

Yes, we had to use the TF2 license. Coolest project ever… until I fail dramatically.

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Satoru Iwata Tribute | GDC Awards