James Youngman's Blog
James Youngman is a game designer and writer with experience in a variety of genres. He is presently a game designer at Z2. He can be found on Twitter @LazyAhab. Views expressed here do not represent the views of his employers.
Ten valuable tips for beginning game designers, learned over ten years of professional experience.
While most games speak to our desires as individuals, Rogue-likes speak to our desires as members of groups, from groups as small as families, to groups as large as civilizations.
Nature has provided an abundance of forms to inspire our invented species. Limiting ourselves to remaking humanity is a wastes of potential.
While acquiring expertise invariably changes ones perspective, this change enriches ones appreciation of games rather than diminishing it.
There are a number of different styles of demos a team can chose to produce. It is important to chose one which best fits your needs and player expectations.
Increasing the complexity of a game and its interface is not in of itself a boon, and should only be done when the increase in complexity allows for an improved player experience.
James Youngman's Comments
[Blog - 12/01/2015 - 01:41]
There 's a reasonable distinction ...
There 's a reasonable distinction to be made between perceived and actual complexity, and there are certainly many cases where it 's valuable to have an underlying system that 's more complex and subtle than what is presented to the player. That said, I maintain that it 's better to ...
[News - 04/09/2012 - 08:48]
@Ron: I worked at Harebrained ...
@Ron: I worked at Harebrained Schemes on Crimson Steam Pirates. The team there is very talented and very dedicated. I 'm not concerned in the least about their ability to make the game.
[Blog - 02/02/2012 - 01:53]
@Tora - Thanks for the ...
@Tora - Thanks for the article Fascinating read. @Eric and Jesse - You seem to be responding very narrowly. Even if I grant that the goal is to make playable characters more appealing, that still would only be expected to effect playable races. It is my intention with this article ...
[Blog - 01/14/2012 - 05:29]
[News - 12/30/2011 - 05:34]
I can name 3: Zangief ...
I can name 3: Zangief and Eagle from the Street Fighter series and Venom from the Guilty Gear series. The larger point still stands though there's no real reason for there to not be more non-heterosexual characters in games. I'm not convinced that such games won't sell. They probably won't ...
[Blog - 12/15/2011 - 04:53]
Simulations of larger, living systems ...
Simulations of larger, living systems such that the player isn't the only thing important happening in the world A good example of this came in Monster Hunter Tri. I was hunting a large carnivore, and trying to track its location when I saw a herd of obviously agitated herbivores rush ...