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Posted by Steven Stadnicki on Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:55:00 EDT in Design, Indie
While most people are probably passingly familiar with the ETAOIN SHRDLU letter frequency list, not many know its origin or its flaws for building word games. This post examines some of the alternatives for word game designers.



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Comment In: [News - 05/30/2017 - 03:43]

It 's way better to ...

It 's way better to not waste time interviewing old er people you have no intention of hiring than it is to interview them and then not hire. r n r n...isn 't it better to interview them and then actually consider hiring them irrespective of their age r n ...

Comment In: [News - 01/05/2017 - 04:02]

This War Of Mine is ...

This War Of Mine is an excellent choice, but I 'm admittedly a little disappointed not to see anyone mentioning Papers Please as another excellent example of a similar sort of 'experiential learning ' - putting the player in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar position to help them gain better understanding ...

Comment In: [News - 12/21/2016 - 03:39]

These are all rock-solid choices, ...

These are all rock-solid choices, but I 'm legitimately shocked that Pokemon Go didn 't make the final list. I feel like five years, ten years from now it will be the game that people are still talking about in 'hey remember that ' conversations.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/26/2016 - 02:41]

I have to disagree with ...

I have to disagree with you that In about any puzzle game you can think of, the players construct a decision by themselves. That 's true almost exclusively of mostly 3d physics-based puzzlers, and with a few rare exceptions The Incredible Machine comes to mind it 's a relatively recent ...

Comment In: [News - 09/23/2016 - 07:16]

Free speech doesn 't mean ...

Free speech doesn 't mean 'free from consequences '. Luckey is free to offer his financial support to Nimble America, and developers are equally free to decide that they means they won 't give him their financial or other support in turn.

Comment In: [News - 06/15/2016 - 04:01]

I really enjoyed the article ...

I really enjoyed the article and the game I remember coming across it at least year 's PAX Prime Indie Megabooth and it was a blast having the multiple perspectives and all the candor associated with that really makes for an informative and engaging read. Thank you