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One of the two co-founders of Frictional Games where I mostly deal with programming, design and making sure everybody do what they are supposed to. I have been creating mostly horror related games for over 10 years now and am really interesting in how to evoke emotions in players. Frictional Game's most recent project was "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" and we acted as producers for "Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs". We are currently working on a new horror title for PC and PS4 named "SOMA".


Expert Blogs

Posted by Thomas Grip on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:11:00 EDT in Design
Not having any combat can be really helpful to horror games and crucial in delivering the desired experience. This article presents the top 6 reasons for this and also explains how it ties into narrative games in general.

Posted by Thomas Grip on Fri, 05 May 2017 09:32:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Do videogames really have to try to tell stories? Are they not just better off focusing on interactive systems and gameplay? In this post I argue that stories are fundamental to the play experience by supplying context. This story context is crucial in or

Posted by Thomas Grip on Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:21:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Reality is a fiction created by our brains, a mental model of the outside world. Knowing how this works is crucial to game development and these mental simulations has a huge effect on how a game feels and plays.

Posted by Thomas Grip on Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Playing a videogame can put you in a state where the borders between your self and the character gets blurry. When creating games, evoking this feeling of presence is worth trying to achieve.

Posted by Thomas Grip on Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:39:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Designing a game spawns an endless set of ideas - ideas that need to be sorted. In order to do this, you need a method of evaluating them. The following discusses five different gameplay models - ways of thinking about game design.

Posted by Thomas Grip on Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:27:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
By putting the player in a situation where's there not enough space to move, or to aim at the enemy, gameplay can quickly grow boring. But when combining gameplay with narrative and context, you can turn this into an even more immersive experience.

Thomas Grip's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/12/2017 - 10:11]

I am really curious about ...

I am really curious about what your solutions are. May I ask what you have in mind r n r nThe idea is to try and focus on what becomes before an encounter and try and get as much narrative-connected gameplay out of that as possible. Then the actual encounter ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/18/2017 - 10:39]

First of all it is ...

First of all it is worth noting that our games are far from perfecting the form : For instnace, I didn 't feel that the moment-to-moment gameplay was all that good in SOMA, and it is an area where I really would like us to improve. r n r nHowever, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/15/2014 - 02:02]

I am not a big ...

I am not a big souls fan, but I love a lot of their design choices. For instances being able to kill friendly NPCs and take routes that you really shouldn 't are really great ways of making the player cautious and builds a nice mindset. r n r nHowever, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/29/2014 - 01:47]

Yes, the mental model is ...

Yes, the mental model is not easy, especially if you go beyond primal emotions like fear . I think that one needs to keep it pretty simple though in order for it to work, and also be aware that it cannot work for every scene. r n r nA crucial ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/19/2013 - 12:59]

This article sums up my ...

This article sums up my feelings on the subject: r n r n 's law of triviality

Comment In: [Blog - 06/02/2013 - 04:09]

Great to see someone else ...

Great to see someone else writing about this. I gave a talk at this year 's GDC on the same topic that much of the game happen in the player 's mind , but from a different perspective. r n r nScript here if you are interested: r n