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Josh Bycer's Blog


For over 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. My goal as a game theorist is to analyze past and present game design trends to better understand and forecast the future development of the industry

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 hopefully continue improving our industry and provide an easy to understand explanation on the concept of game design.


Member Blogs

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 29 May 2015 03:03:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
Today's post is a look back at XCOM Enemy Unknown and why it was not only a great reboot but one of the best games from Firaxis

Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 26 May 2015 02:36:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
The concept of false choices is revisited in today's post, but looking at when things are too good and rendering the choice moot

Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 20 May 2015 02:13:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Over the years, my thoughts on sexualized character designs have changed and for today's post, I finally understood some of the gaps in my logic on the matter.

The display of violence is a tricky subject in the video game industry and today's post looks at how various degrees of violent acts are represented and either accepted or criticized.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 05 May 2015 01:22:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Today's post is an important one for students and even people starting out designing games as we talk about the concept of creating a foundation for your game and then expanding that out to create an experience.

The recent Steam Workshop change has spurred a huge debate among modders and content creators and today's post examines why the idea is sound, but the implementation is lacking.

Josh Bycer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/28/2015 - 02:44]

As someone who was hooked ...

As someone who was hooked MPQ for the better part of 2013 and some of 2014, if you need to start a MPQ support group, let me know :

Comment In: [News - 04/09/2015 - 02:37]

I agree with the EFF ...

I agree with the EFF as well. There is a big difference both in the audience and the use of the hacking that the ESA is fighting against when it comes to game preservation. Since the games are abandoned, that means the developers/publishers are not doing any more work with ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/24/2015 - 02:30]

Civ has a good UI ...

Civ has a good UI in my opinion as it has a lot of tooltips and information that constantly referenced back to each other For instance being able to see how your happiness was affecting your economy and vice versa . r n r nStarcraft 2 I thought was just ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/03/2015 - 01:50]

I think ultimately to avoid ...

I think ultimately to avoid the same problem as early access, living games will need to have an agreed upon standard. Some ideas from the post would be: r n r n1. The game is done IE it would be a finished review-able product in any other case that the ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2015 - 02:49]

re: Cheat codes r n ...

re: Cheat codes r n r nYou are right that we don 't see cheat codes today except for rare exceptions but they would still be considered cheats as you are modifying the game, but again their use is so limited that we can ignore them for the purpose of ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/09/2015 - 01:32]

Interesting post, I haven 't ...

Interesting post, I haven 't played Destiny but I 've seen enough online games to know the repercussions of letting intentional cheating go. Those million players who now have raid tier content through cheating are going to make whatever next raid Bungie designs imbalanced by the fact that they already ...