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I am a Senior Computer Science student and tutor by day, tabletop and video game designer by night. I write a weekly blog on all sorts of different gaming topics, including design, history, strategy and theories.

 

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Posted by Caleb Compton on Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:29:00 EST in Audio, Design, Programming, Console/PC, Serious
If you play video games, odds are that you have slogged through countless boring tutorials. What if I told you there was a better way to teach your players than to front-load them with too much info? This article looks at how to teach through design.


Posted by Caleb Compton on Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:34:00 EDT in
These days it is all too common to hear that games are becoming less and less original. But is this the case?And what does it even mean to be original in the first place? This article looks at some ways to make your game feel original by adding personalit


Posted by Caleb Compton on Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:41:00 EDT in Design
RPGs are one of the most deceptively complex game genres out there. It's easy to spot a First-Person Shooter - you shoot things in first-person. However, RPGs are not so simple. In this article we get to the bottom of what defines this elusive genre.


Posted by Caleb Compton on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:58:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Art
In this second in my "Game Classics" series, I look at some design lessons that can be learned from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Find out how this iconic game and character came together, which elements of the game worked well, and which didn't!


Posted by Caleb Compton on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:02:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Art
It's no secret that the field of video game design is full of copycats. In this article I look at one particular copycat - Temtem, a kickstarter game based on Pokemon. I look at how close two games can get, and if the changes to stand out are worth it.


Posted by Caleb Compton on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Production
Everybody wants their game to be the best. Because of this, it can be tempting to add as many cool features as possible. Unfortunately, this tendency can be dangerous and even kill the game entirely. In this article we learn how to avoid feature creep



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Comment In: [Blog - 04/24/2018 - 10:38]

Good point When I said ...

Good point When I said real life, I mostly just meant non-game design . I 'm glad you liked the article