A detailed account of hunting down two bugs in The Machinery alpha.
China is the largest games market in the world but has been hit by a temporary game approval freeze that has limited the number of new games being released this year. New regulations may also be introduced that could lead to fewer games being approved.
Matchmaking is a big topic with lots of challenges, but at its core is a simple question: who should play with whom? With so many different aspects to take into account (like ping, skill, premades and region) the answer turns out to be rather complex.
Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.
This week's highlights include a look at Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, an investigation of how game credits are handled for remasters, & lots more besides.
A look at the launch and year long sales and details of Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
The goal of the Copyright Directive is to hold platforms with user content, like YouTube and Facebook, liable for copyright infringement. Or in the video game world, sites and communities like Roblox, VR Chat, Minecraft and others might be impacted.
A critical analysis of gameplay ramps when compared to narrative ramps in the Fisk Tower sequence of Spiderman PS4.
A look at games from the dual processes of bringing order and wreaking chaos.
Follow the building a framework on how to approach the testing of an experience that concerns engagement, emotions and learning, pacing and control, from a narrative and cognitive perspective beyond structures and templates.
A look into how Norsfell's latest mobile game, All-Star Troopers, started out as a very different project called Ragna Cycle. This article details how design plans evolved as a result of feedback and the changing mobile marketplace.
a digest about the design philosophies that went into nexon's design of maplestory's Reboot server world and its positive consequences for nexon's business in subsequent years