REVIEW: Europa Universalis

One of the key rules of any game designer is the KISS rule: Keep It Simple, Stupid. This does not apply to the Europa Universalis series. EU has no mercy on beginners. It’s tough. It doesn’t care that your flimsy human brain can’t cope with so many opaque mechanics going on at once. It’s up to you to invest the time and… Read more →

ARTICLE: Do Abstract Games Have a Story?

Many abstract games don’t seem to have a story. And while there may not be characters involved, there is still a story arch, a trip that the player goes through when playing. This story arch is filled with moments of tension, excitement, success, failure, meditation, etc. A game without an interesting trip lacks engagement. Stories have specific structures: beginning, middle… Read more →

REVIEW: Gone Home

You may love it or hate it, but Gone Home is a testament to the enlightenment era that the game industry is going through at the moment. Every art has had to go through works that, although imperfect, have helped to make giant leaps in breaking the status quo. Gone Home is small, simple and flimsy at times, but it doesn’t… Read more →

ARTICLE: Is Being an “Auteur” Simply Being “Repetitive”?

When it comes to film, most of the directors we consider “Auteurs” are those who deliver products with great similarities in style and subject matter. Examples of this are: Tim Burton: Dark, Fantasy, Creepy, Playful. Woody Allen: Comedy, Absurd, Ensemble, Romance. Martin Scorsese: Mafia, Voice Over, New York, Fast Cuts. This “personal style” is what makes their films easily recognizable.… Read more →

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LIST: Top 10 Cities to be a Game Developer in Europe

10. Prague, Czech Republic Although getting more touristic every year, Czechia is still one of the most affordable places to live in Europe, making it an ideal spot for start-ups and small studios. 9. Helsinki, Finland If you don’t like cold winters and short days, maybe Helsinki is not the place for you. But if you’re looking for a country… Read more →

REVIEW: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

You can tell a filmmaker was behind the production of this game. It brings really interesting ideas, but also disregards some of the basics of game design. It is a visually astonishing game with a compelling story, a beautiful world to explore and game mechanics with great potential. However. Each joystick on your game pad represents one of the brothers.… Read more →

ARTICLE: My Games Rating System

I believe that judging a game for its artistic value is quite different to judging a game for its commercial value. I don’t judge whether it’s fun or not. Replayability is not important. Quantity of content or multiplayer capabilities are not a factor. Neither are the quality of the graphics. In these reviews, the major factors are the following. MECHANICS: Does the game… Read more →

REVIEW: Papers, Please

I have movies that define an era in my personal life. They radically change the way I see the industry. A side effect is that for the following couple of weeks after watching the movie, all others seem to suck. They just don’t compare. This wears off with time, but the benign scar still remains. Thankfully, I’ve had the luck… Read more →

NEWS: “Actor Tycoon” now Free on GooglePlay

Alain Xalabarde’s latest mobile game is out for Android devices, 100% Free and no Ads. Alain drew inspiration from his experience in the film industry and his fellow actors. In the game you play an actor agent, hiring new talent and assigning actors to up-coming auditions. It’s a small and addictive game with randomly generated content, such as hilarious movie titles and a… Read more →