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The third and final part in my series that explores how games can take players through the hero's journey, one of the oldest and best known storytelling frameworks. In this section, return, the hero has completed their task and returns to ordinary life.
Last week I began a series on video games and the Hero's Journey. The first part covered the first section of the journey, known as departure. This week is part 2 of 3, and covers the second portion - initiation.
The Hero's Journey is one of the oldest storytelling structures in history, but is still incredibly effective. This is the first part of a series in which I look at the Hero's journey and how games can take players through this experience.
Games these days keep getting bigger, with larger open worlds, and more characters, quests and items than ever before. However, even with so much to do the worlds can feel empty. Environmental storytelling is one way to add depth and life to your game.
For decades, harmful or false ideas surrounding gender and video games have made it difficult for women to break into this industry. Riot games is one recent example, but this problem goes beyond them. This article looks at why, and how we can help.
The second in my "Game Designer Spotlight" series, this time focussing on the incredibly prolific Reiner Knizia. I look at his design process and philosophy, and try to figure out how he makes so many darn games!
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.
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
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.
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!
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