Tag: game design

ARTICLE: 5 Things I Learned from Making Casino Games

After 3 years working in the casino games development industry for one of the most prestigious companies in the world, I leave realizing that I’ve learnt much more than I had thought when I set foot on my very first day. Most of the lessons learnt have improved my outlook on game development as a whole, but some have dug… Read more →

NEWS: Alain Xalabarde Speaker at Taipei Game Developers Forum with “The 7 Mysteries of Luck in Games”

Alain Xalabarde speaks at Taipei Game Developers Forum in 2017. Alain’s “The 7 Mysteries of Luck in Games” talks about the use (and misuse) of luck during game design. Inspired by his experience in casino gaming (where you have no choice but to use luck), Alain brings insights that are relevant to any and every genre. Link to the official site of TGDF. Link to… Read more →

REVIEW: Don’t Starve

In the current ocean of survival games, most inspired by the Minecraft phenomena, it’s hard to find something that truly stands out as an original product. I was skeptical myself with Don’t Starve. Few games have charmed me almost instantaneously. In the first few minutes of game play, I was already seeing myself hooked to this masterpiece for ages. What… Read more →

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ARTICLE: What is an Art Game?

What is an art game? Answering that is as simple as answering this other question: What is “Art”? Truth is, nobody can agree on a single definition. Yeah, sure, you can look it up in the dictionary and use that as a reference. Art is relative. So relative in fact, that it probably doesn’t exist. Art is a concept completely… Read more →

REVIEW: Loneliness

This is one of the joyful hidden gems. You can play it for free on Kongregate (which, by the way, if you don’t know about Kongreate – now you do). You cannot get simpler than this game. It reminds me of a 1944 film experiment, “Heider and Simmel”. The purpose of this film was to explore how human beings attach meaning. In the… Read more →

ARTICLE: Why Should Game Designers Play Art Games?

Playing all the AAA titles available out there will only do you good if you are working at a studio that develops AAA titles. Even so, playing Auteur Games will still be extremely vital. Most big titles out there are innovative in scope, but not necessarily innovative when it comes to content. Most game designers are not currently working on… Read more →

LESSON: Help for Non-Artists

I’ve met many programmers facing a single major problem when they attempt to create their own games: Art. They suck at it. It’s great to collaborate with other people who share talents that you lack, but a lot of times you don’t find the right person, or you do find someone but they may have a hard time committing without getting… 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 →

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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 →