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Game Design

  • Game Design
    Numbers Getting Bigger: The Design and Math of Incremental GamesNumbersgettingbigger
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    Incremental games, despite their simple mechanics and limited player interaction, present interesting challenges to a game designer. We'll examine some core design choices of the genre and explore how they make these strangely addictive games so appealing.Read More…
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    Hockeynamite - Development Post MortemHockey post mortem preview
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    Hockeynamite is a game that was born out of a technical demo created for a series of tutorials. It evolved from a very simple concept to a more rich and engaging experience, featuring power-ups and exploding athletes. This post-mortem is an overview of the process I came up with to insert a "soul" into a technical demo to turn it into a game.Read More…
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    Numbers Getting Bigger: What Are Incremental Games, and Why Are They Fun?Numbersgettingbetterpreview part1
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    Incremental games are fascinating and perplexing. Marked by minimal player agency and periods of inactivity, they seem to defy conventional logic about good game design, and yet nonetheless have attracted a substantial player base. Let's examine them in more detail, and see if we can explore why that is.Read More…
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    A Mini-Post on Post-Match Mini-AchievementsPost match mini achievements
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    Post-match mini-achievements are regular achievements' little siblings, awarded after each match in a multiplayer game. In this quick post, we'll explore the possibilities of this gameplay feature, and see what it could add to your game.Read More…
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    The Key Design Elements of RoguelikesDungeonsofdredmor 2011
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    Once a relatively obscure sub-genre that appealed to a hardcore fan base, roguelikes have been enjoying a recent renaissance. Let’s take a closer look at their central design elements, and see how different games are making use of the same underlying architecture.Read More…
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    Making AI Fun: When Good Enough is Good EnoughMaking ai fun
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    Making good artificial intelligence for computer opponents is difficult, but it's often difficult for the wrong reasons. What makes an AI fun, and should we be prepared to accept AI that doesn't play well?Read More…
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    Bringing Your Game to Life in 10 Simple StepsPromo%20image
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    Whether it's a simple game jam entry or a long-term passion project, your game needs to feel alive in the hands of players. In this tutorial, I'll share ideas for bringing your game to life, and demonstrate what happens when you apply every one of those ideas to a simple game demo.Read More…
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    8 Classic Game Genres Ready to Explore AgainSkyrogue 400 277
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    We used to see a lot of flight sims and rail shooters and games like Theme Park, but these days those types of games are rare, even though there's still a lot of untapped potential in those genres. When brainstorming your next indie game, consider experimenting with the once-popular genres in this list!Read More…
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    Create a Hockey Game AI Using Steering Behaviors: Game MechanicsHockey game mechanic preview
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    In this part of the series, we'll add the missing pieces required to turn the hockey prototype into an actual, playable game. These include a score, power-ups, and a core mechanic that involves freezing and shattering opponents.Read More…
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    9 Rare and Underused Game Genres Ready to ExploreFlotilla 400 277
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    Why aren't there more games like Lemmings or Uplink, or more space roguelikes or parachuting games? Next time you're stuck for inspiration on what kind of game to make, try a genre from this list!Read More…
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    Let Them Play: Don’t Lock Your Players Out of PlayingLet them play dont lock players out
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    Interactivity is a fundamental aspect of game design. Without it, a game isn't a game: it's a TV show, or a book, or an instance of some other static medium. So why is it so often overlooked?Read More…
  • Game Mechanics
    5 Approaches to Crafting Systems in Games (and Where to Use Them)Preview
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    Although crafting is now a widely-used game mechanic, there is substantial variation in the appearance and implementation of crafting systems. In this article, I categorize these systems into five approaches, and highlight what works best about each and how they are best used.Read More…
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