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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, Xsolla 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

Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:16:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
The horror medium has changed dramatically over the last two decades, and today's post looks at what the Game Industry has learned (and can still learn) from the Horror genre.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:25:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Video game storytelling has grown over the years, but is the medium ready to truly break bad?


Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:44:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
The use of difficulty settings has been debated for player-centric design, and today's post looks at the topic and how not every game can work with them.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Creating an effective control scheme can be difficult, but here are 5 tips that can help any designer.


Today's post looks at the use of limited-time content as a form of marketing a game, and the pros and cons of it.


Game development is never easy and sometimes things just fail. Today's post looks at four clear warning signs that a game's development is in trouble.



Josh Bycer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/31/2016 - 05:55]

Two points. r n r ...

Two points. r n r n1. I agree with you about the video if I didn 't read that it was a puzzle platformer, I would have never guessed that from watching the trailer. If you can 't show direct game footage, you need to something that tells the consumer ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/24/2016 - 02:02]

Blizzard as a studio is ...

Blizzard as a studio is definitely an exception to the norm, like Valve, but their process for refinement and polish, instead of copying is something that should be emulated.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/16/2016 - 07:16]

Good points on both accounts ...

Good points on both accounts on how to talk to players and the importance of PR skills. That 's another thing I hear from developers I 've spoken to, if you lay it all out there and explain it to people, they are more accepting than saying something like, I ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/28/2016 - 08:43]

That 's a good point ...

That 's a good point and is very important in today 's market. With so many games being released daily, we don 't have days to spend learning how to start playing a game. I 'm working on a post now that looks at my own thought process and how ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/08/2016 - 02:56]

Good post. As someone who ...

Good post. As someone who has started this crazy Youtube/Streaming thing over the last 8 months, that 's good information on both sides of the table. r n r nFor developers, I would also add that it 's better to say something rather than nothing at all. If you 're ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/11/2016 - 02:00]

I don 't think Early ...

I don 't think Early Access is a time bomb the developers who I 've interviewed over the last two years have said nothing but praise about the platform. While there are negatives by the fact that you are putting your game out there in an untested state, being able ...