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“Art” Is Not the Opposite of “Fun” – Why Analyzing Games Makes Them Better
A Case for Board Games – Why Board Games Help You Make Better Video Games
Accretion – Design by Landfill: A Longterm Strategy?
Achievements – Creating a Meaningful Meta-Game
Advanced Social Curve Design – Empowering the Community
Aesthetics of Play – Redefining Genres in Gaming
Affordances – How Design Teaches Us Without Words
Asymmetric Play – Can One Game Cater to Many Playstyles?
Awesome Per Second – Don’t Waste Time
Backtracking and Level Design – Making a Way Out
Balancing an MMO Ecosystem – Getting a Mix of Player Types
Balancing for Skill – The Link from Optimal Power to Strategy
Bartle’s Taxonomy – What Type of Player are You?
Big Bad – I: The Basics of Villains in Video Game Design
Big Bad – II: What Makes a Good Villain?
Choice and Conflict – What Does Choice Mean in Games?
Choices vs Consequences – What Player Decisions Mean in Games
Collectible Games – I: How Can We Make Good CCGs?
Collectible Games – II: Monetizing Our Collecting Urges
Collectible Games – III: What Makes a Good TCG or CCG?
Combining Genres – How to Pick the Right Design Mechanics For Your Game
Comedic Games – Can We Make More Funny Games?
Competitive Storytelling – How to Create Narrative in Multiplayer Games
Counter Play – Making Multiplayer Fun for the Opponent
Cutscenes – A Powerful (and Misused) Narrative Design Tool
De-Gamification – Flexibility to Play Your Way
Depth vs Complexity – Why More Features Don’t Make a Better Game
Designing for a Touch Screen – What Games Play Best on Mobile
Designing for Youth – Making Games for Players Under 14
Differences in Scale vs Differences in Kind – Keeping Players Interested
Digging Deeper – Do Games Have Less Value than Other Media?
Easy Games – What Happened to Hardcore Games?
Energy Systems – How Casual Games Suck You In
Exit Points – Putting Down the Game
Exploration in Games – Four Ways Players Discover Joy
Fail Faster – A Mantra for Creative Thinkers
First Move Advantage – How to Balance Turn-Based Games
Future Proofing Your Design – Looking at Hearthstone and Planning Ahead
Graphics vs. Aesthetics – Why High Resolution Graphics Aren’t Enough
Historical Games – Why Mechanics Must Be Both Good and Accurate
How Much Agency Do Games Need? – Choices in Linear Games
How To Start Your Game Narrative – Design Mechanics First
Humane Design – Games Must Be Good to Their Players
Idle Games – How Games Scratch Your Multitasking Itch
In Service to the Brand – Why Bioshock Infinite Failed
Intermediate Social Curve Design – Introducing Cooperation Rewards
Intrinsic vs Extrinsic – Designing Good Rewards in Games
Like a Ninja – What Makes a Good Stealth Game
Making Your First Game: Basics – How To Start Your Game Development
Making Your First Game: Launching! – How to Market Your Game
Making Your First Game: Minimum Viable Product – Scope Small, Start Right
Making Your First Game: Practical Rules – Setting (and Keeping) Goals
Mechanics as Metaphor – I: How Gameplay Itself Tells a Story
Mechanics as Metaphor – II: Creating Narrative Depth
MMO Economies – Hyperinflation, Reserve Currencies & You!
Negative Possibility Space – When Exploration Lets Players Down
Non-Combat Gaming – How to Make Social Mechanics Fun
Open World Design – How to Build Open World Games
Overlooked – The Hidden Potential of Hidden Object Games
Overwatch and Asymmetric Character Design – The Challenge of Varied Playstyles
Overwatch and Asymmetric Level Design – What Makes the Maps Fun?
Pacing – How Games Keep Things Exciting
Perfect Imbalance – Why Unbalanced Design Creates Balanced Play
Plan, Practice, Improvise – Understanding the Three Types of Play in Games
Playing Like a Designer – I: Examine Your Experiences
Playing Like a Designer – II: How to Analyze Game Design
Power Creep – The Trouble with Expansions and Time
Power Creep in Hearthstone – What It Teaches Us About Games
Quest Design – I: Why Many MMOs Rely on Repetitive Grind Quests
Quest Design – II: How to Create Interesting MMO and RPG Quests
Simulation Sickness – Causes and Cures for Game Headaches
Social Difficulty Curve – Easing Players into Communication
Spectacle Creep – When Sequels Try Too Hard
Speedrunning – Games Done Quick and Developer Tips
Starting Off Right – How the First Five Minutes Draw Players In
The Feeling of Agency – What Makes Choice Meaningful?
The Fighting Game Problem – How to Teach Complicated Mechanics
The Illusion of Choice – How Games Balance Freedom and Scope
The Magic Circle – How Games Transport Us to New Worlds
The Pre-Production Problem – How to Improve the Planning Process in Game Design
The Role of the Player – The Player is Both Audience and Storyteller
The Skinner Box – How Games Condition People to Play More
The Uncanny Valley – Why More Realistic Characters Look Less Human
Tutorials 101 – How to Design a Good Game Tutorial
What Is a Game? – How This Question Limits Our Medium
What Makes Us Roleplay? – Why Game Worlds Feel Real
When Difficult Is Fun – Challenging vs. Punishing Games