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Hi, my name is Nick, previously employed as a Development Tester at Relic Entertainment.  I fancy myself a writer; I previously wrote a column called Play Fighting for the Escapist, wrote reviews for a Toronto Star affiliated website called Evergeek, and have been keeping a blog (Vancouver Game Design) for a couple years now. I write @a_micro_story in my "spare time".These days I've taken to writing fiction, and am in a bit of a slump in regards to non-fiction game-talk. But I'll do my best to post some interesting stuff here. All of which will, of course, be cross-posted on my blog. Because I am lazy. [/end terribly dense block of rambling text]


Expert Blogs

Posted by Nick Halme on Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:32:00 EDT in Design, Smartphone/Tablet
Taking a look at the different sort of multiplayer experience Fuel introduces to mobile games, and some of the precedents set by "traditional" gaming which we can apply to mobile with this new environment in mind.

Posted by Nick Halme on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:06:00 EDT in Design
What's so game-like about videogames? Are videogames simply anything we find fun, as long as it's on a computer? Interactive movies? Digital roller coasters? Where is the game in videogames - and why should anyone care about the answer?

Posted by Nick Halme on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:25:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
What exactly is difficulty in games? Why do we feel obliged to offer difficulty settings in games, and who are they really for?

Posted by Nick Halme on Wed, 22 Aug 2012 04:17:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Is the loot system in Diablo III too random for its own good, and does the game really need an auction house feature?

Posted by Nick Halme on Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:37:00 EDT in Design
Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 1 are nearly interchangeable products. Case Zero is a bite sized chunk of simple zombie fantasy that seems dismissed as promotional by its creators. But is Case Zero a more promising way to roll out zombie fun?

Posted by Nick Halme on Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:40:00 EDT in Design
Shank is an amusing brawler, but unfortunately the cries of "visuals over gameplay" end up ringing true -- most damagingly in the boss fights.

Nick Halme's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/27/2014 - 12:06]

Thank you Yeah, Huizinga was ...

Thank you Yeah, Huizinga was actually first introduced to me in that context, alongside Rules of Play by Salen and Zimmerman which is a more direct videogame design textbook . r n r nGood point - I agree that it seems valid to apply McLuhan and even Barthes or Derrida ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/28/2012 - 03:58]

When I was interviewing at ...

When I was interviewing at a now-defunct AAA developer I remember asking them about their studio layout, and how the team interfaced. r n r nThe answer I got was surprising: mission designers sat on one side of the building, and environment artists sat on the other side. r n ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/27/2012 - 04:25]

I agree, excellent point ...

I agree, excellent point

Comment In: [Blog - 08/22/2012 - 04:17]

@Adam Bishop r n r ...

@Adam Bishop r n r nWhat I mean is dropping into a co-op game in Diablo is very different from doing a PUG in WoW. Typing is kept to a minimum what is there to say and you farm as you would otherwise. It 's not set up to be ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2011 - 10:31]

...a team that's finaling on ...

...a team that's finaling on 7-day weeks for a couple of months.

Comment In: [News - 11/22/2010 - 08:20]

mixing the reality of warfare ...

mixing the reality of warfare with the illusion of a 'game' is cynical. With a videogame, yes. What about Ludology