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Christopher Gile's Blog - Achievements are Permission. The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.

Christopher Gile's Blog - Achievements are Permission

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. Gamester: Chance & skill in games. A paper presented at the 11th annual colloquium of the Board Game Studies Association, Lisbon, 2008 In the course of a simultaneous display...

Gamester: Chance & skill in games

I [once] said to one of my opponents, "Tell me, Mr McMahon, how long did it take you to learn to play Chess so badly? " He replied, "Sir, it's been nights of study and self-denial" (Gerald Abrahams, Brains in Bridge, 1962) Narrative as a Design Element - thedesigngym.comthedesigngym.com. Twenty-Three pages of Awesome, to help you and your team make better things.

Narrative as a Design Element - thedesigngym.comthedesigngym.com

The Phases of Design are like the laws of gravity....you can ignore them, but it's not really a good idea. PDF download link on the next page! GAME 3400 Level Design - Introduction. #AltDevBlog » Game Designers are all on Steroids. Game Design / Video Presentation: Game Designers around the world are addicted to performance enhancing drugs and many of them don't know it.

#AltDevBlog » Game Designers are all on Steroids

They are addicted to progression and escalation. As game designers we are often playing with human psychology and tapping into the various triggers and ticks of human behaviour; our reasons are varied. Some of us want to give the player a roller coaster ride, to make them feel, to make them pay, to get our message burned across the heart but almost all of us want them to keep on playing. Hiding Shitty Design behind Progression. What Games Are: The Win Imperative. Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games.

What Games Are: The Win Imperative

You can follow him on Twitter here. Many readers will be familiar with the idea that games and reward go together like two peas in a pod. Click a button, hear a satisfying ding. The Problem With BioShock Infinite's Combat. Except I think he is (and you are) wrong.

The Problem With BioShock Infinite's Combat

For reference I played my first run in 1999 mode. The shield is plenty useful, if you put enough points in it; it lets you sprint from cover to cover on the advance or retreat or get to supplies. Enemies don't have that much health. The trick is to use stunning vigors (so they take extra damage) and aim for the head; that's about it. If you get the armored enemies with rockets it's usually best to hit them with an upgraded possession so they attack their allies and then kill themself. the shield, on Hardcore, is basically pointless.

So, the most difficult mode is too difficult. Bioshock's biggest issue is that the enemies are bullet sponges—the guns are never quite satisfying to use. I didn't have that issue with all enemies. Besides, the whole idea of vigors is to give you multiple ways to attack. A list of 7 persuasive methods used in games to hook users. Long gone are the days where games could just be great in order to generate revenue.

A list of 7 persuasive methods used in games to hook users.

Now, since 90% of games on the app store and Google Play are free, being a great game isn’t good enough. Games must be addictive, habit forming and mind–boggling, so they can rise to the top over a myriad of other great, free games who compete on users’ free time. Only games that encourage users to engage and spend regularly can survive. The Weblog The Key to Depth: Simplicity. In Gamasutra's latest feature, a postmortem of Gun Godz, Super Crate Box developer Vlambeer's first FPS, the developer explains its penchant for "minimalist game design.

The Weblog The Key to Depth: Simplicity

" As the game was developed as a bonus for Kickstarter backers of forthcoming website Venus Patrol, Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman admit that they had "limited resources, as this was a free project. " However, they write, "we also believe in minimalist game design. " "The fewer rules your ruleset has, the more responsibility you can give every single one of those rules, and the easier it is to make small, incremental improvements," the pair explains. The two then shoot down a common fallacy of contemporary game development. Features - Behavioral Game Design. Every computer game is designed around the same central element: the player.

Features - Behavioral Game Design

While the hardware and software for games may change, the psychology underlying how players learn and react to the game is a constant. The study of the mind has actually come up with quite a few findings that can inform game design, but most of these have been published in scientific journals and other esoteric formats inaccessible to designers. Ironically, many of these discoveries used simple computer games as tools to explore how people learn and act under different conditions. The techniques that I'll discuss in this article generally fall under the heading of behavioral psychology. Best known for the work done on animals in the field, behavioral psychology focuses on experiments and observable actions. The lasagne theory of game design. This is the first of a series of posts about lasagne.

The lasagne theory of game design

Lasagne is one of the most inspiring things that ever came out of Italy, and thinking about it is truly food for thought (sorry, I know that joke was bad). In today's post I would like to introduce to you my lasagne theory of game design, followed next week by the lasagne theory of coding. The game design theory I would like to discuss today is probably not super original, but I think lasagne is a useful tool that can be used to analyse a game. The point here is that lasagne contains layers, just like gameplay.

A game like our just released Awesomenauts at all times has various game systems active in the player's head, and during different phases of gameplay they will vary in prominence and importance. Can Game Mechanics Control And Influence The Player? Narrative is not a game mechanic. I love stories. My chief hobby is reading. I was formally trained as a writer, not as a game designer (there wasn’t really any formal training for game design I got started, but that’s another story). I think most game stories are not very good. And I quite enjoy games with narrative threads pulling me through them. Triangularities in vechtspellen: een perspectief – Bashers. Steen verslaat schaar. Josh Bycer's Blog - Great Game Design Debate: MMO Leveling Edition.

The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. [Continuing my thought process on MMOs, today's debate is on leveling up. Should a game require months of playing to reach the cap, or days? As always, there are pros and cons to both sides.] Two things that are synonymous with MMOs are leveling up and an endgame.

Yet some MMOs have experimented with caps that can be reached in days; Guild Wars had a cap at level 20, and DC Universe Online was set at 30. Let's start with a large cap, which has several key advantages. With all those levels to climb, also means that there has to be a lot of places to visit. Now the problems with a high cap, because most MMOs are based on character progression and not player, means that the player will usually figure out the game before hitting the cap.

Moving on, let's talk about low caps. Josh Bycer. What Is Skill? There’s an argument kicking round at the moment that MMOs require no skill in order to play them. This statement is both completely correct and utterly wrong. The Game Atom: The fabric of game mechanics. What is a game mechanic? There are several definitions. All of them different. As a game designer and teacher I have been frustrated with the vagueness of the term. Why Our RPGs Still Need Numbers. Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 24, 2011 Luke Plunkett at Kotaku asks the question: “Why Do Our Role-Playing Games Still Need Numbers Everywhere? “ Though it’s not so much of a question as a call to get rid of such archaic relics of the past. The Snark. Puzzles and RPGs. Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 11, 2011. Game Design Lessons: From Seconds to Hours of Gameplay. RPG Design – More on Simplifying. Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 14, 2011. RPG Design: Returning to Base. Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 18, 2011 Many computer role-playing games (CRPGs) have a concept of a “home base” for the player – a safe location to return to in order to rest, heal, trade, advance, acquire and complete quests, and so forth.

The actual location may change as the game advances, but these safe spots (which may literally be “save spots” in games with limited save points) get returned to again and again by PCs. Games, Rules & Immersion » #AltDevBlogADay. We game developers are obsessed with rules, patterns, logic and constraints. Exposing Social Gaming’s Hidden Lever « #AltDevBlogADay.

In our last post, Gambling Makes Billions Without Innovation, we showed how each gambling game has spent decades or longer without a single gamplay innovation. We are following this up with a series where we outline each major type of gambling game and how their mechanics can be applied to the modern gaming world. One of the most striking things that we found in our research was that social gaming, a burgeoning $7.2 billion industry that’s beloved by over 800 million players worldwide, is merely a modern adaptation of an invention created in 1887: the slot machine. Gold Star for You, Friend! « #AltDevBlogADay. The Holy Grail of Game Design. Hyperbole Games.