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.
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.
A defense of the use of unreliable narrators in interactive fiction.
Focus testing is a valuable development tool in a game designer's toolbox. It can also be a tool for fostering dialog amongst designers.
James Youngman's Comments
[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 ...
[Blog - 12/01/2011 - 11:37]
Are you teaching game design ...
Are you teaching game design as part of a larger curriculum on the topic I've thought a lot about how I would design a curriculum to teach game design, in some part working backwards from my experience as a game designer, and it's a tricky problem. I agree that actually ...