Maybe you don’t know it, but in the older days, I was a professional musician. I’ve struggled for many years trying to find a relationship between both worlds. Can we find a relationship between Music Theory and Game Design Theory? How could we benefit from that?
Charles Eames is one of the most notable designers of our time. Like many notable designers of the past, according to his views game design wouldn’t be considered art. But is designing a game art? Can game design achieve the status of an art piece?
Disco Elysium is without a doubt one of the most innovative and captivating games of the last years. Not only the story is richly told and amazingly written, but its custom RPG system has a lot for teaching aspiring RPG designers to create their own systems.
GDC is one of the most important gaming events. It’s a great place to network and also to hear amazing talks given by experienced game developers in many areas. In this new post, I have selected 5 GDC talks that I think will be very useful for you.
One of the pillars of motivation is a framework known as Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness. But the last one, although being one of the most important for social connection, is often left behind by (especially single-player) game designers. How can you add Relatedness to your single-player games?
There are games with very innovative mechanics that seem familiar, although new. There are other games that have stunning graphics. And there are others like “Before We Leave” that have both. The economy of the game is innovative, yet easy to grasp. How can you achieve this balance?
To learn Systems Design you first have to understand Systems Thinking. Once you are already familiar with real-world systems, you’ll notice that they are everywhere. But the real power is achieved once you’re able to translate a well-known real-world system to a game world…
Frostpunk’s Book of Laws can seem like a regular tech tree, but behind its (not so) innocent appearance, you can find a source of well-crafted opportunities for players to make meaningful decisions about the people in their colony. Can humanising these characters have an influence on players’ decisions?