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Josh Bycer's Blog


For more than seven years, I have been researching and contributing to the field of game design. These contributions range from QA for professional game productions to writing articles for sites like Gamasutra and Quarter To Three

With my site Game-Wisdom our goal is to create a centralized source of critical thinking about the game industry for everyone from enthusiasts, game makers and casual fans; to examine the art and science of games. I also do video plays and analysis on my Youtube channel. I also have a Patreon Campaign set up to help support my family and keep things running while I continue to put out content here and on my site.


Member Blogs

Today's post returns to the "gamer" debate, and if we can settle on some kind of definition to define it and the video game market.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:58:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
The latest reboots of Tomb Raider have presented a new Lara Croft, but today's post looks at how Crystal Dynamics may have made her too new.

Adapting video games to other mediums is never easy, but there are two big pitfalls that movies get it wrong in translation.

The Indie market has changed over the last few years, and it has some questioning if there is a point where the term "Indie Developer" no longer applies.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:08:00 EST in
The trend of using loot boxes in F2P or monetized games has grown lately, but is this the lesser of the F2P evils or just the same song and dance as before?

Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:08:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Escort missions are almost universally hated, but is there a way to make them better?

Josh Bycer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/09/2017 - 02:12]

I think that 's a ...

I think that 's a good point. When it comes to video games, a lot of the story is already fragmented due to the gameplay, so there 's less detail there. With a lot of book adaptations, we 've seen cases where characters and even entire plot lines are cut ...

Comment In: [News - 01/05/2017 - 04:02]

No Logical Journey of the ...

No Logical Journey of the Zoombinis makes this list invalid imo : It was one of the first games to teach children critical thinking, featured achievements to motivate and had different puzzles built around different thought processes and challenge.

Comment In: [Blog - 12/13/2016 - 10:08]

Ashley stands out because she ...

Ashley stands out because she 's a non-suicidal escort NPC. r n r nThe best kind of NPC, next to the doesn 't stand in one place while enemies surround them NPC.

Comment In: [Blog - 12/07/2016 - 11:58]

Do you think that retail ...

Do you think that retail games are the way to go with E-Sports. IE: Games that require everyone to pay into and have a standard set of equipment and options across the board r n r nEVE Online is such an anomaly in the F2P market, with the real money ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/29/2016 - 09:44]

I haven 't heard too ...

I haven 't heard too much of Pokemon Go since the first two weeks or so of success. It seems like it 's all but disappeared around here. I know they just released an update I heard, but I 'm not seeing the same level of interest there was at ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/23/2016 - 02:02]

I just read your post ...

I just read your post I had no idea you worked on Shattered Galaxy. That was my first real MMO I played back in the day :