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Posted by Stieg Hedlund on 07/25/16 03:47:00 pm in Design
The idea of "wish fulfilment" frequently arises in game design, but what does it mean? where did the idea come from?

While there is no doubt about the success of Pokemon GO in terms of installs and retention, how is the business model going to perform? Monetisation expert blogger Ramin Shokrizade goes under the hood (and does a lot of walking!) to find out.

Posted by Alexander Freed on 07/25/16 11:16:00 am in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Romance subplots are tough to write even in traditional media. What special challenges do writers face bringing them into the interactive sphere? In this post, we look specifically at romances in non-branching games and how best to deploy them.

Posted by Chris Furniss on 07/22/16 03:31:00 pm in Design, Art, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Web and App development UX is about removing friction, games UX is about meaningful friction. Pokémon GO's confusing UX/UI is applying meaningful friction and is feeding into the dense social experience of the game. Here's why.

This detailed post describes all the Game UX Summit 2016 sessions, one by one. This event brought together 15 renowned speakers from various UX-related disciplines, from game studios and academia. The keynote speakers were Don Norman and Dan Ariely.

Posted by Stanislav Costiuc on 07/22/16 02:42:00 pm in Design, Console/PC
Let's examine how cutting features from a game can help make a better experience.

It did so many things wrong at launch and it just didn't matter.

Posted by Leszek Godlewski on 07/21/16 04:53:00 pm in Programming, Console/PC, Indie, VR
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, with its rich visuals and a graphics workload somewhat uncommon for Unreal Engine 4, has been a difficult case for attaining VR perf targets. This is a story of scraping off frame render time, microsecond by microsecond.

Posted by Junxue Li on 07/21/16 12:56:00 pm in Smartphone/Tablet, VR
This article introduces some special smart phones, for example those are able to play exclusive VR games, and those can take underwater shots, etc.

Posted by Thomas Bidaux on 07/20/16 01:03:00 pm in Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet
Currently there is no way to miss Pokemon Go. In its short lifetime, the game is breaking records left and right like being the biggest mobile game in the US ever or attracting more users than services like Twitter or Tinder.