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Tynan Sylvester's Blog   Expert Blogs


I'm a game designer. I worked on BioShock Infinite. I also wrote Designing Games and got it published by O'Reilly Media. I'm currently working on RimWorld with my company, Ludeon Studios.




Twitter: @TynanSylvester



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Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 04:09:00 EDT in Design
Games like Dwarf Fortress, Prison Architect, and SimCity promise you a rich, simulated world where stories can come to life. But is this dream real? And if not, how can we save it?

Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Mon, 11 Mar 2013 02:53:00 EDT in Design
What if game design isn't a process of creation, but of exploration? How do we navigate this strange design landscape?

Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:13:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
How many assumptions spring from a name?

Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:49:00 EDT in Design
The concept of narrative is not absolute. It is merely a label for a cluster of emotional triggers which games happen to share with certain traditional media.

Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Sun, 06 Dec 2009 10:53:00 EST in Design
A way to measure the depth of games: Answer this question: How much can a player theoretically improve their skill at this game before there is no way to get better?

Posted by Tynan Sylvester on Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:38:00 EDT in Design
I donít like lugging around the cultural legacy of Space Invaders whenever I try to explain to laypeople exactly what Iíve chosen to spend my life creating.

Tynan Sylvester's Comments

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

The assertions made in this ...

The assertions made in this article are just laughable. r n r n Threw a fit over Intel s new Diversity Initiative . r n r nHe did no such thing. Rather, he broadly supported the initiative, but criticized Intel 's choice of including some specific people in their diversity ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/23/2013 - 06:16]

I 'm the developer of ...

I 'm the developer of RimWorld. If you want to compare stats, here are outs which were frozen when the game was greenlit :

Comment In: [Blog - 06/02/2013 - 04:09]

You are completely right. I ...

You are completely right. I can 't believe I misused the word ironically on the Internet. Shameful

Comment In: [News - 06/13/2013 - 04:46]

Forget about money for a ...

Forget about money for a second and focus on the physical reality. r n r nUsed game trading is a massively negative-sum economic activity. All those trading shops have to be built and staffed. People have to travel there and back. People have to spend mental effort to hunt around ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/04/2013 - 12:43]

Huh. Interesting analysis. Interesting to ...

Huh. Interesting analysis. Interesting to see that Muslims are overrepresented in games. I suppose it makes sense I think I read somewhere that American Muslims are better-educated and more prosocial than the general population anyway. r n r nIt 's too bad there aren 't more conservative voices in the ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/03/2013 - 09:15]

Got it. I did notice ...

Got it. I did notice you mention the paper, perhaps I should read it now :D.