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James Youngman is a game designer and writer with experience in a variety of genres and platforms. He can be found on Twitter @LazyAhab. Views expressed here do not represent the views of his employers.


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Posted by James Youngman on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:51:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
On how Splatoon's design allows the game to facilitate wordless communication between teammates.

Posted by James Youngman on Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:41:00 EST in Design
Ten valuable tips for beginning game designers, learned over ten years of professional experience.

Posted by James Youngman on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:08:00 EST in Design, Indie
While most games speak to our desires as individuals, Rogue-likes speak to our desires as members of groups, from groups as small as families, to groups as large as civilizations.

Posted by James Youngman on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 01:53:00 EST in Design
Nature has provided an abundance of forms to inspire our invented species. Limiting ourselves to remaking humanity is a wastes of potential.

Posted by James Youngman on Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:32:00 EDT in Design
While acquiring expertise invariably changes ones perspective, this change enriches ones appreciation of games rather than diminishing it.

Posted by James Youngman on Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:28:00 EDT in Design
There are a number of different styles of demos a team can chose to produce. It is important to chose one which best fits your needs and player expectations.

James Youngman's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/01/2015 - 01:41]

Thank you r n r ...

Thank you r n r nI 'll agree that there 's always edge cases in design. That 's part of why understanding context is Point 1. I think it 's beneficial to understand what the general, 99 of the time correct course of action is, especially when you 're in ...

Comment In: [News - 04/09/2012 - 08:48]

@Ron: I worked at Harebrained ...

@Ron: I worked at Harebrained Schemes on Crimson Steam Pirates. The team there is very talented and very dedicated. I 'm not concerned in the least about their ability to make the game.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2012 - 01:53]

@Tora - Thanks for the ...

@Tora - Thanks for the article Fascinating read. @Eric and Jesse - You seem to be responding very narrowly. Even if I grant that the goal is to make playable characters more appealing, that still would only be expected to effect playable races. It is my intention with this article ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2012 - 05:29]

The designer dances with the ...

The designer dances with the player.

Comment In: [News - 12/30/2011 - 05:34]

I can name 3: Zangief ...

I can name 3: Zangief and Eagle from the Street Fighter series and Venom from the Guilty Gear series. The larger point still stands though there's no real reason for there to not be more non-heterosexual characters in games. I'm not convinced that such games won't sell. They probably won't ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/15/2011 - 04:53]

Simulations of larger, living systems ...

Simulations of larger, living systems such that the player isn't the only thing important happening in the world A good example of this came in Monster Hunter Tri. I was hunting a large carnivore, and trying to track its location when I saw a herd of obviously agitated herbivores rush ...