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Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 15 May 2012 04:24:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Diablo III's launch is breathtaking in its lack of either concern or competence (your pick).


Posted by Ron Dippold on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:58:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
The Breakout genre has a fundamental problem with lack of player agency causing long stretches of player boredom and frustration. Shatter solved this problem - please take heed if you're going to make a new Breakout game.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 03:35:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
Players and reviewers who really hate Lord of the Rings: War in the North don't seem to realize there's a dodge button. This is not their fault.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 06:35:00 EDT in Audio, Console/PC
Sometimes you play a game that's a revelation. 'Tiny Wings' was like that for one touch gaming. 'Bastion' is that game for audio.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:49:00 EST in Design
There was one single, easy thing Epic Mickey could have done to make it a much better game, make players much happier, and boost metacritic scores 10-20 points: minimizing the penalty for death.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:01:00 EST in Design
I'm playing Crackdown again and finding I enjoy it more than Assassin's Creed 2, InFAMOUS, or Uncharted 2. Those are all great games, but crippled by the demands of plot.



Ron Dippold's Comments

Comment In: [News - 03/04/2015 - 04:15]

During GDC, very classy. ...

During GDC, very classy.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/02/2015 - 05:26]

Toasters have manuals, but games ...

Toasters have manuals, but games don 't. Or not that anyone notices any more a lot of games on Steam actually have links to manuals that maybe 5 people ever notice . As soon as you mention the manual people think you 're Dwarf Fortress or Falcon 4.0. r n ...

Comment In: [News - 03/03/2015 - 01:28]

Afterparty, cigars and brandy. Well ...

Afterparty, cigars and brandy. Well done gentlemen, well... wait... Valve WHAT r n r n Honestly, I imagine they 're not too worried, but who saw that coming r n r nThanks for the writeups, can 't be there and just getting snippets.

Comment In: [News - 03/03/2015 - 04:56]

This has gone commercial with ...

This has gone commercial with games like Dreeps - an RPG where you do nothing but set an alarm for your robot boy so he 'll wake up and start questing and exploring, all without your input. Perhaps this is what got Shea. 2.99. r n r nhttp://dreeps.net/

Comment In: [News - 03/02/2015 - 08:44]

One big problem with making ...

One big problem with making the comedy the focus is it has to be good. And most 'comedy ' in games is awful even when it isn 't the main course. How many painfully unfunny games trying too hard to be funny have we sat through It 's much much ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/26/2015 - 02:10]

The Red guys are angrier ...

The Red guys are angrier because they know that objectively Blue is the much cooler koff color.