Some theorist type peepsJane McGonigal
David Perry: Are games better than life?
Hourences, his work is amazing - http://www.hourences.com/
Hourences work -
Tefel UE4 programmer and currently working on Archeo
As for theorists, practitioners, speakers these two are worth brushing up
Jesse Schell - http://www.jesseschell.com/
David Perry http://dperry.com/
Tom Looman - https://unreal-engine-4.zeef.com/tom.looman
Loads of great tutorials on a range of subjects.
Also, Extra Credits - So You Want To Be a Game Designer - Career Advice for Making Games
i dont get this thread? "Architect-thread, post all links for aspiring architects to use"like, surely someone seriously interested would hang out at a forum focused on that?