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'Roguelikes': Getting to the heart of the it-genre

Over the last year, the roguelike has become the it-genre. Gamasutra speaks to developers to get to the heart of its appeal.
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Narrative Legos with Ken Levine - GDC 2014

Narrative Legos with Ken Levine - GDC 2014 | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
It's clear that narrative is an important part of video games and something that the audience deeply relates to. However, the strengths of interactive media are player participation, the ability to experience content in different ways on different playthroughs and the fact that the content is not static. It's time for narrative to deeply embrace these elements.
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And here are the slides: http://gdcvault.com/play/1020211/Narrative

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Video: The good ol' days of games, according to Chris Crawford

Video: The good ol' days of games, according to Chris Crawford | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
Legendary game dev and CGDC founder Chris Crawford examines the technical and interpersonal resources developers have gained over the past 25 years, and the diversity modern games may have lost.
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"What does the user DO?" Here something to keep in mind as a game designer.

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1stGameEver

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First Game Ever is a community project to inspire people to create games. Through the hilarious and heartwarming stories of designers and developers' first e...
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Funny first game post mortems by various game designers (Jesse Schell, Will Wright, Alex Schwartz, Seth Sivak, Ichiro Lambe, Dave Bisceglia and probably more to come)

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Gamasutra: Travis Ross's Blog - 7 Essential Resources for Understanding Motivation

Gamasutra: Travis Ross's Blog - 7 Essential Resources for Understanding Motivation | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
7 must-read resources on player motivation http://t.co/eVgIff8qHF via @gamasutra
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Spector: Games need to borrow from film less

Spector: Games need to borrow from film less | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
Taking too many lessons from film and other media will only advance games so much, argues Warren Spector, outlining factors that set games apart -- and where film conventions are no longer serving us.
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Tips for RPG design from the Harvest Moon franchise

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The Rune Factory games add RPG elements to the Harvest Moon farming franchise -- and here, the series' producer shares lessons he learned making it.
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The technique LucasArts used to design its classic adventure games - Gamasutra

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Independent game designer Noah Falstein has always had a particular interest in narrative-driven games.
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Storytelling in Video Games - The Story Board Ep. 8

*The Story Board airs on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm PDT* Subscribe to Geek and Sundry: http://full.sc/GTVYfM Join our community at: http://geekands...
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Ten rules to make all games better | | Edge Online

Ten rules to make all games better | | Edge Online | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it

Nothing but common sense here, good review of some of the rules game designers should keep in mind when making video games. One of the most important and currently crucial is that F2P is not a genre, it's a business model. When business model directs creativity we end up with crappy but unfortunately commercially succesful games.

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Ludum Dare » postmortem

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Those are postmotems of indee games from Ludum Dare competitions and challenges. A lot of good things to ponder about game design and game develoment.

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Gamasutra: Josh Bycer's Blog - Motivating Mechanics in Game Design.

Gamasutra: Josh Bycer's Blog - Motivating Mechanics in Game Design. | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it

"Progression is an important part of a game's design and its purpose is to keep people motivated to continue playing. Each genre handles progression differently, for example beating a map in a strategy game or achieving positive growth in a city builder. There are two categories of progression: player based and game based. Player based is the player improving at the title while game based is the designer providing hooks to keep the player invested. For this post, we're going to ignore player based as I want to focus on the ways designers can keep someone playing."


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Craig Morrison: The Terribleminds Interview

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So, this is an exciting flip here — the storyteller in today’s interview is none other than Funcom Montreal’s creative director, Craig Morrison. Surely by now you’ve heard of a not-so-little MMO called The Secret World? Anyway, he logged into the Giant Hallucinogenic MMO that is the terribleminds interview experience, and answered some question for us. Oh, and while you’re at it, check out this Gamasutra article where Craig talks about why MMO designers should be more concerned about the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what.’ Let the interview commence.

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Less Talk More Rock- Boing Boing

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Lost Garden: Multiplayer Logistics

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The Castle Doctrine Game Design

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The articles for v9 and v10 cover Jason Rohrer's game design process as he was fixing the game to take it back to what he imagined in the first place, which consisted mainly in removing grinding.

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Daniel Cook - Google+ - A Case Study in how Revolutionaries become the Man Here's…

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A Case Study in how Revolutionaries become the Man
Here's what this covers:
Game development in the early 1990s -> The rise of consoles -> The creation of…
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Interesting toughts and, as usual, great things to ponder in the comments.

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Developing Meaningful Player Character Arcs in Branching Narrative

Developing Meaningful Player Character Arcs in Branching Narrative | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
Can you deliver both choice and a character art that has depth and meaning in the same game? Alexander M. Freed, formerly of BioWare, explores the possibility space, drawing from examples from existing games and adding in his own ideas.
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Designing without a pitch - An FTL postmortem

Designing without a pitch - An  FTL  postmortem | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
FTL: Faster Than Light developers Matthew Davis and Justin Ma didn't bother with a design document -- after all, they expected it to be a three-month side project. But when development got serious, they had to adjust.
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Quick-time events are holding back the development of video game storytelling - VentureBeat

Quick-time events are holding back the development of video game storytelling - VentureBeat | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
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Ned breaks down the quick-time event to show its true purpose: a method for developers to shoehorn in actions that the core gameplay can't handle.
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Gears of War writer Tom Bissell on video games and storytelling

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After writing Gears of War: Judgment, Tom Bissell talks to Maria Bustillos about the potentialities of video games as literature, as well as its challenges as a storytelling medium.

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An in-depth look at video games as "an increasingly sophisticated vehicle for storytelling."

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An interesting interview to Tom Bissell about games and storytelling.

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Nostalgia vs. narrative: A series of adventure game letters

Nostalgia vs. narrative: A series of adventure game letters | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it

When freelancers Leigh Alexander and Quintin Smith strike up a correspondence, they aim to analyze games in the context of their own lives. Which means talk of babysitting, electronic music and Braid-creator Jonathan Blow.

Below, they take on the adventure game genre.

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Funny conversation, which leads me to ponder things around about adventure games' design, because yes, I'm from those who just loved them without thinking farther. Thinking farther about the design quality of those games is not really pleasant because Quintin is right about it, they are not that good. At all.
But yet, As Leigh points out, their flaws don't mean they have to be considered junk. They still made us travel, laugh, ... and the frustration implied by their design hadn't prevented us to play and enjoy ourselves playing.
So what? I still love adventure games, and I'm pretty sure contemporary game designers will find great ways to revive the genre with clever mechanics. Why in the world would I hope for that to happen? Because I love stories and dialogues :)

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About Wii U and video games evolution | Ian Bogost / Gamasutra

About Wii U and video games evolution | Ian Bogost / Gamasutra | Game Design Stories | Scoop.it
What is Nintendo really attempting to do with the Wii U? Ian Bogost, in the latest installment of Persuasive Games, searches for the meaning behind the dual-screen play of Nintendo's freshly-released console.
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The Sound Design of Journey - Gamasutra

How did one sound designer create the expressive audio canvas which underlies Thatgamecompany's acclaimed indie title? Sony Santa Monica's Steve Johnson explains -- and presents isolated samples so you can listen to his work.
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Top 5 Best Practices in Transmedia Storytelling

Presentation to the Forum Transmidia, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Covers Robert Pratten's top 5 best practices in transmedia storytelling.

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