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Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:36:00 EDT in Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie
Reposted from Game-Wisdom, this is a written interview I did with Game Designer Michael Hicks on puzzle design and the challenges of tying it to a serious topic.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 25 Jul 2018 01:18:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Today's post returns to the debate over games built on Skill or RNG and what they mean towards helping (or harming) the player's progression.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:10:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The Shop Simulator Genre has grown among Indie and Mobile developers over this decade, but many designers still fail to understand what makes the genre's mix of combat and shop management so endearing that we still remember Recettear.


Today's post looks at the phenomenon dubbed the "War of Warcraft Effect," and the warning that comes with trying to chase after another game's design.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Sun, 15 Jul 2018 01:20:00 EDT in
While plenty of people are talking about the Resident Evil 2 Remake, I want to go back to the first Remastered and an interesting way of increasing the horror with enemy design.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:50:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Games that are already meant to be replayed can have trouble when it comes to adding new content, but today's post looks at how the rogue-like and strategy genre have found a way around it with Supplemental Content.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 29 Jun 2018 10:40:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Today's post returns to the concept of grinding in video games, and how it is often used to pad out a game and can hurt it in the long run.


Posted by Josh Bycer on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:49:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Command and Conquer Rivals is the latest in the strategy genre to show up on mobile, but it also represents the biggest problem with trying to simplify the genre and its design.


Battle Royale and Fortnite has taken over multiplayer and streaming, but does this genre have the legs to be the next big Esport?


Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 31 May 2018 09:08:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Today's post looks at how designing boss fights have evolved into two distinct groups: Fixed Pattern and Random Pattern Designs.


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