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Devin Wilson's Blog


I make games and music. I'm a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, where I also teach and the basics of game design and programming to undergrads.

@Devin_Wilson on Twitter, on the other part of the internet.


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Posted by Devin Wilson on Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:55:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Devin Wilson writes about The Castle Doctrine, experimental game design tactics, violence, and the freedom to not play games.

Posted by Devin Wilson on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:58:00 EDT in Design, Indie
Devin Wilson talks about the future of "games": finite games, infinite games, games, Games, non-Games, game designers, Game Designers, the game of Game Design, and the game of defining Games.

Posted by Devin Wilson on Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:25:00 EST in Indie
Devin Wilson sees the (apparent) failure of Sportsfriends as a larger trend in antisocial gaming, including Zynga's latest effort on Facebook, The Friend Game.

Posted by Devin Wilson on Fri, 26 Oct 2012 01:48:00 EDT in Design, Indie
Devin Wilson is very confused by the overwhelmingly positive response to the ultraviolent Hotline Miami.

Posted by Devin Wilson on Thu, 03 May 2012 01:35:00 EDT in Design
Devin Wilson takes a stand in the 'Dumb Games' debate that grew out of a couple of pieces written by Taylor Clark.

Posted by Devin Wilson on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:22:00 EST in Design, Indie
I participated in my first Ludum Dare this past weekend, and the general consensus has been that my game was a clever application of the theme, but it needed to be more fun. However, its thematic strength depends on just how much fun it isn't.

Devin Wilson's Comments

Comment In: [News - 03/31/2014 - 03:37]

I 'm happy to pay ...

I 'm happy to pay for software if it 's the only way that piece of software 's developers can get money for making said software. r n r nHowever, selling copies of software is largely an absurd way to get software developers paid for their work, as the sales ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/25/2013 - 11:38]

I think swearing angrily at ...

I think swearing angrily at your audience is what earns you 'Featured Post ' distinction, but I can 't be sure.

Comment In: [Feature - 02/15/2013 - 04:35]

There 's a big difference ...

There 's a big difference between extracting a lot from a text a game, in this case , and telling someone that they didn 't say review a game correctly and that they didn 't say anything of value. One broadens the discourse, the other harshly limits it.

Comment In: [News - 01/30/2013 - 05:28]

Just because you play games ...

Just because you play games to pass time, doesn 't make you a gamer. You could just as easily be doing any activity in that instance. A gamer sets aside time purely to play games as an activity for it 's own enjoyment. r n r nThese non-gamers you 're ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/19/2012 - 09:05]

It s not that violent ...

It s not that violent games make us more violent though they have been shown in various studies to make us more aggressive , it s that they often foster a message of solving problems through unilateral power. r n r nThank you. r n r nIt 's not that ...

Comment In: [News - 10/22/2012 - 11:29]

I don 't think it ...

I don 't think it makes much sense to say GLaDOS 's apparent gender is irrelevant. So much of her dialogue in Portal 2 that was spoken to Chell is really important to consider in the context of femininity. GLaDOS 's little jabs at Chell 's appearance were part of ...