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Ernest Adams is a freelance game designer, writer, and lecturer. He is the author of six books, including Fundamentals of Game Design, a popular university textbook in three editions, Game Mechanics: Advaned Game Design with Joris Dormans, and Break Into the Game Industry: How to Get a Job Making Video Games. Ernest was most recently employed as a lead designer at Bullfrog Productions, and for several years before that he was the audio/video producer on the Madden NFL Football product line. He has developed on-line, computer, and console games for everything from the IBM 360 mainframe to the present day. He is the founder of the International Game Developers' Association, and a frequent lecturer at the Game Developers' Conference. Ernest would be happy to receive E-mail about his columns at ewadams@designersnotebook.com, and you may visit his professional web site at http://www.designersnotebook.com. The views in this column are strictly his own.

 

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Posted by Ernest Adams on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:56:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
An all-new compendium of egregious game design errors for 2014, 15th in the series that began in 1998.


Posted by Ernest Adams on Sun, 09 Feb 2014 07:29:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
In which Ernest learns how not to introduce someone to a game.


Posted by Ernest Adams on Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:42:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
The 2013 edition of Bad Game Designer, No Twinkie!


Posted by Ernest Adams on Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:00:00 EDT in Design
A hostile and vocal subset of gamers is threatening to boycott the game industry if it makes hardcore games more accessible to women. This article examines the numbers to see if this warning represents a serious danger to game sales.



Ernest Adams's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/09/2015 - 02:22]

Handy for people who make ...

Handy for people who make those kinds of games, maybe. ALL developers is overstating the case, however. Some people make board and card games and can 't track this stuff. Others make works of art and really don 't give a damn how long people play.

Comment In: [Blog - 01/25/2015 - 04:17]

He did. Read it again. ...

He did. Read it again.

Comment In: [Blog - 12/22/2014 - 11:56]

That 's an excellent point. ...

That 's an excellent point. All caps is almost never a good idea.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/30/2014 - 03:49]

But what about the slave-OWNERS, ...

But what about the slave-OWNERS, huh What happens to them Where 's your 'equality '

Comment In: [Blog - 10/28/2014 - 01:43]

I disagree. This kind of ...

I disagree. This kind of attention to detail is precisely what separates the great from the merely OK. It 's what separates Tolkien from all his cheesy sword-n-sorcery imitators. Yes, a big chunk of the audience is unaware that BioShock is a satire on Ayn Rand 's nincompoop theories. But ...

Comment In: [News - 06/11/2014 - 03:21]

Not every game, just every ...

Not every game, just every game that offers a choice of avatar. This is so painfully obvious it 's stupid that we even have to discuss it. Women are not some kind of add-on feature. They 're a basic part of the human race.