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Alan Jack's Blog


Designer of games, with over 15 shipped titles. Worked with major clients from around the world. Future uncertain at this juncture.


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Posted by Alan Jack on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:20:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
A review of the basics of dramatic tension and how it builds fear by creating gaps in information flow, and a look at how we can apply that to an interactive environment to create scarier games.

Posted by Alan Jack on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 05:58:00 EDT in Design
A look at the crunch-time debate from a student's perspective - considering the value of crunch work, the cause, and the level of professionalism involved on both sides of the debate. Reposted from #altdevblogaday.

Posted by Alan Jack on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:32:00 EDT in Production, Smartphone/Tablet
A look at the storied development of Roger: The Flying Pig, developed by fellow Abertay Masters student & current Studio Producer Maciej Czekala.

Posted by Alan Jack on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:29:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A look at my experiences & confusions in designing games for the new wave of motion controllers, and the rules I've discovered through them.

Posted by Alan Jack on Sat, 18 Jun 2011 05:16:00 EDT in Design
A look at how comedy and horror can be crafted through play rather than scripted in writing or environment, and what effects that can have on a play experience.

Posted by Alan Jack on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 05:20:00 EDT in Design
A wry and facetious look at the odd duality of people who craft fun for a living and then spend money to attend a place (as I see it) completely bereft of the concept.

Alan Jack's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/23/2015 - 05:47]

I LOVED this game, but ...

I LOVED this game, but I feel like nobody 's addressing the elephant in the room ... r n r nThe game was incredibly buggy. It was very easy to miss clues and, with such a freeform, branching story structure, end up aimless and lost. At times, I even had ...

Comment In: [News - 03/02/2015 - 08:44]

Ha I just finished delivering ...

Ha I just finished delivering a lecture on this very topic r n r nA good portion of it was cribbed from here: r n r n Games Comedy and Horror through Gameplay.php

Comment In: [Blog - 12/10/2014 - 01:20]

I think what you 're ...

I think what you 're saying there is what I talk about when I say that emergent systems can create a permanence that makes things scary. r n r nIn a roguelike system, you create something that can be lost and never regained because the complex network of elements that ...

Comment In: [News - 07/10/2013 - 01:24]

Great reading r n r ...

Great reading r n r nA lot of the spirit of this article also applies to motion control. I often think that - similarly to how you suggest we 're too quick to fall back on our traditional controller-based inputs for touchscreens - we 're too quick to try and ...

Comment In: [News - 06/19/2013 - 11:20]

This is a brilliant idea ...

This is a brilliant idea It 's a wee bit of a shame it isn 't a bit more inclusive - being about the coming together of male and female , but I won 't hold that against it at this stage ...

Comment In: [News - 06/17/2013 - 05:18]

I think there 's two ...

I think there 's two inherent issues with games for change - one being that games are exploratory by nature, while change tends to have a lot of direction. Games for awareness is a better way to think of it, but then you have to either go down the abstract ...