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Mata Haggis's Blog


I am a senior lecturer at the International Games Architecture & Design (IGAD) programme at NHTV University in the Netherlands. I mix practical knoweldge from over a decade of games development with academic training.

Before I started lecturiing, I was a games and narrative designer with experience of AAA games dev, indie projects, and animation for the web and television. I still consult in this area to keep my teaching connected with the games industry, and I'm currently consulting on the indie project Fragments of Him.

I also paint and occasionaly juggle things (which may or may not be on fire at the time). I'm very bad at the guitar.


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Posted by Mata Haggis on Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:26:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
The final GaymerX conference happened in San Francisco this weekend. This post reflects on the successes of the event and its diversity agenda. The post also looks at why this was the last 'GaymerX' and where the organisers will take this in the future.

Posted by Mata Haggis on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:11:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Serious, Indie
Why is it that games that address issues of diversity are often described as having an 'agenda', regardless of content, when mainstream titles are not given this label? Inspired by the recent Different Games conference, this post discusses this phenomena.

Posted by Mata Haggis on Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:40:00 EST in Design
With a time limit of three days, an emotional narrative, multiple in-game locations, and issues of sexuality, it was going to be a challenge controlling the scope of the Fragments of Him prototype. This post describes how we did it, and what we learnt.

Posted by Mata Haggis on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:52:00 EST in Design, Production, Console/PC
What happens when a game that is intended to be satire doesn't get interpreted that way, and what does this tell us about the games industry? A look at gender representation and satire in Far Cry 3, with a take-away for the wider industry.

Mata Haggis's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/27/2016 - 01:27]

More recently also The Room, ...

More recently also The Room, Assassin 's Creed 's 'eagle vision ', and detective mode in the Batman Arkham series.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/03/2015 - 02:59]

I liked the article, but ...

I liked the article, but the conclusions take a couple of leaps beyond the earlier arguments. The MDA model is appropriate for analysis and understanding, but it doesn 't necessarily provide new avenues for designers to think outside of existing paradigms. In my understanding of the model, it is a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/09/2014 - 08:34]

A lovely explanation of some ...

A lovely explanation of some of the less-obvious parts of branching dialogue. Thank you

Comment In: [Blog - 08/17/2014 - 02:21]

Excellent article. The exploration of ...

Excellent article. The exploration of the link between spatial design and art assets is rarely explored in this depth. Thank you for taking the time to write it

Comment In: [Blog - 07/15/2014 - 01:26]

I 'm glad you enjoyed ...

I 'm glad you enjoyed the talks I love presenting on these topics. I care a lot about great game design and well thought out narrative, but it 's always a pleasure to discuss how our personal identities are reflected in our work, and how we can encourage others to ...

Comment In: [News - 06/18/2014 - 10:32]

Aww That 's a lovely ...

Aww That 's a lovely story. There 's a lot to be said for making a determined effort to finish a project... And a lot to be said for understanding scope too I look forward to the sequel in 2027 :