The recent launch of Gears of War 3 has caught my attention. I don’t care about the game itself however. What I’m interested in is the reception it’s getting. It has somewhere around 90 on Metacritic. That’s a phenomenal score but it seems that Epic isn’t happy about it. Cliff Blezinski, the lead designer, is [...]
Over at escapistmagazine.com I saw a disconcerting thread. The title is “What does the escapist think of Nintendo.” Plenty of posters have flaunted their opinion that Nintendo franchises have been milked to death and Nintendo should die. I see this all the time and I can’t help but notice much of this criticism comes from [...]
The first time I saw Angry Birds I thought “I played this in 1982 on the Apple IIE when it was called Artillery.” Not a fair comparison, but clearly the basic play pattern of ‘choose angle, choose force, release projectile’ has been around for 30 years or more. Why did it suddenly dominate its category, [...]
Jesse Schell is getting close to hero status in the game design world. His book, The Art of Game Design is consistently rated best of breed and his name continues to draw crowds at events. Make time to watch his 28 minute Ted.org talk on the future of games. It’s one of the most talked-about [...]
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