Khashayar Sahebkar

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Designing difficulty in role-playing games

Veteran designers know well that “difficulty” encompasses a lot more than scaling numbers up through “easy,” “medium” and “hard” modes. It’s a …

How (and Why) to Write a Great Game Design Document

Every indie developer or team has asked themselves how best to manage the development process. Is it obligatory to use detailed documentation, such …

Your game is going to be cloned

Simple Machine launched a game called <i>Pop the Lock</i> on September 10th. Apple featured the game on September 11th, which helped the game become the App …

Trying To Be A Solo Game Developer? Think Again.

In the age we live in, anyone can be an artist. Anyone could write the next best selling book, film the next festival award winning flick, or make …

Inside the original pitch for Uncharted

Above you can see the original pitch video for the game, codenamed Project Big, that would become <i>Uncharted.</i> A combination of concept art, animation tests, and lots of buzzwords, the video does a remarkable job of showing the core of the <i>Uncharted</i> experience. There are a number of aspects that are …

Uncharted

What design lessons can we learn from Crossy Road?

Crossy Road, developed by Hipster Whale – Melbourne-based and winners of the Apple Design Award (among many other accolades) – is most definitely a …

Mobile Gaming

Making Armello

The story of four veteran developers who decided to make a simple digital board game. And then spent the next four years creating Armello.<p>It’s March …

1 Simple Trick For Writing Diverse Characters

John McClane is an enduring character across the decades but we need new blood nowWe hear a lot about so-called representation on screen and how it’s …

How to be a Resourceful Indie Game Developer

The thought of making a video game can be daunting. There’s code to write, 3D assets to model and texture, sound design, music, gameplay, voice …

How to Get a Job in the Games Industry • Ben Brode

Somehow ‘reasonable’ people are WAY more rare than you would expect. Hyper-reasonable people have no ceiling. You can be anything you want. There are …

Employment

“The Door Problem”

“So what does a game designer do? Are you an artist? Do you design characters and write the story? Or no, wait, you’re a programmer?”<p>Game design is …

This gamification 'documentary' is a work of art

Gamification is one part of the world of game design that easily excites outsiders: Ideas about how systems and rewards motivate people, and how …

Employee Engagement

10 sketching tips for beginners

The Beginner's Guide to Sketching is a book that offers lots of inspiration and advice for anyone looking to take their first creative steps or …

A quick argument for 'luck' in strategy game design, from X-COM 's creator

Thirty years is a very long time, especially in the video games industry.<p>The leaps made in that time are staggering when looked at in perspective, …

Announcement Trailer

Several people have asked us about our creative process. I decided to write a blog post on how we generate game content. While the example in this …

Black Sea

Category: Technology – Which? News

Technology<p>Which? delivers its verdict on the latest cordless home phones from BT, including the newly-launched BT Premium Phone, BT Everyday Phone, …

'Fallout 4' Actress Courtenay Taylor Opens Up

The community of voice actors always seems quite small, especially in the world of video games. There’s a few actors who seem to lend their voice to everything. Voices that have become iconic.In that group, there’s a name that stands out among all the rest. With a credits list that is quite …

How to Build a Game

If this looks familiar, that’s because it is a post I released 3 years ago! Wow, time flies. My new plan is to go through the old blog and see what I …

Board Games

One Thing to Avoid in Game Design

When game designer Paul Peterson was interviewed for the upcoming Titans Series of games from Calliope Games, there was one segment at 1:55 that …

Here's what it's REALLY like to work in an Apple store

In the US alone, Apple has 265 retail stores across 44 states. Each of those locations employs over 100 people — totalling about about 30,000 full- or part-time retail workers.<p>Most of those employees agree that the 39-year-old Cupertino, California-based tech giant is a great place to work.<p>Of …

Study Details (Unsurprising) Factors That Make a Mobile Game Successful

Mobile gaming takes place primarily on a smartphone, a device that wasn’t built for gaming, so it’s only expected that those who play mobile games do …

Mobile Gaming

Why real-money game developers need to understand their 3 types of players

Real-money gaming is a growing industry on PC and mobile as companies release skill-based and luck-based apps around the world. But whether it’s fantasy football or a match-3 puzzler, developers see distinct and valuable trends emerging from different kinds of players.<p>Three kinds of people deposit …

Would you buy a Microsoft smartphone? Reasons are getting scarce

Microsoft is not a force in phones and never has been. The software giant’s $7.6 billion write-off of its phone business makes it even less likely …

Get up to speed on the Iran nuclear talks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Until word slipped out Monday that talks had hit a snag, all indications were that Iran and world powers negotiating to crimp the country's nuclear program might reach a deal any time.<p>If they do, it's huge news. If they don't? Maybe even bigger news.<p>But what is the deal? Who wants it? Who …

South Asia

How anal sex ruined my relationship

<b>(Gabor Balazs via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The evening was so perfect I thought he might propose. But he had a very different proposition in mind<p>Marilyn Friedman<p>July 13, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m at the W Hotel in Manhattan with a boyfriend I’ll call Liam. We’ve been together for …

Relationships

Book Review: The Indie Game Developer Handbook

Spencer Fawcett takes a look at Richard Hill-Whittall’s new book about the risks and rewards of independent game development.

A conspiracy theory about Jony Ive's 'promotion' just got more juice

Ive was previously SVP of design. He has since been promoted to chief design officer.<p>Two people that were previously working for him have been given expanded responsibilities. Richard Howarth is now VP of Industrial Design. Alan Dye is now VP of User Interface Design.<p>These moves were announced in …

Jony Ive

I spent a full work week playing Batman: Arkham Knight

<i>Arkham Knight’s</i> story assumes a surprising amount of Batman lore knowledge, with dozens of characters showing up like old friends at a surprise birthday party. You remember Firefly, right? How could you forget your old pal, Professor Pyg? While you’re busy trying to put names to faces, the game …

Batman: Arkham

After 'Arkham Knight' Rocksteady Should Take Batman 'Beyond'

Many of those who bought <i>Arkham Knight</i> at launch are probably going to be wrapping things up this week, because most people aren’t crazy enough to beat it in three days like me so I could write this post.<p>After that, however, outside of a few DLCs, the <i>Arkham</i> series will be over, at least according to …

What is it really like to work as a game developer?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p>Game developers, what is getting into the gaming industry really like? I ask this because this is one of …