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Co-founder and game designer/producer at NYC indie game collective and label Studio Mercato. I've worked in commercial (console/MMO/F2P), social, educational and indie games. I write about game design, narrative and the NYC development scene at Follow me on twitter at @benserviss.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:30:00 EST in Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Writing non-linear text games can be a challenge. Break down the writing process with this six-step framework.

Posted by Ben Serviss on Wed, 28 May 2014 02:20:00 EDT in Design, Indie
In Elegy for a Dead World, you play by writing about fallen civilizations. You may never know what happened to them - but in the process, you might learn something about yourself.

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:06:00 EDT in Design
Navigating the game development process can be complicated. Luckily, you have a built-in tool to help guide the way: your emotions.

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:07:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Indie
If recent history is any indication, the next phase of indie game development, marketing and sales will be strongly driven by collaboration.

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:04:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The holy grail of replayable narrative can be alluring for game designers - but realizing it effectively may prove to be impossible.

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:07:00 EST in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The game industry values people who can ship projects because it's a difficult thing to do. Like with physical exercise, the only way to improve is with practice.

Ben Serviss's Comments

Comment In: [News - 01/30/2018 - 10:07]

What we want is for ...

What we want is for people to be chosen for jobs based on their talents, regardless of their gender. r n r nSure, but since that isn 't happening in the industry as a whole, this studio wants to try to encourage circumstances for some more women to enter, thereby ...

Comment In: [News - 05/14/2014 - 06:34]

A bunch of us will ...

A bunch of us will be watching this online tomorrow Thurs the 15th at 12 Eastern and tweeting with the GDCLunch hashtag - join in if you can make it r n r nThe group:

Comment In: [News - 04/04/2014 - 03:40]

Pretty epic accomplishment Dave Looking ...

Pretty epic accomplishment Dave Looking forward to what you do next :

Comment In: [Blog - 03/04/2014 - 12:04]

Thanks Patrick I know exactly ...

Thanks Patrick I know exactly what you mean when it comes to replaying games with slight variations depending on how you make decisions. I wouldn 't say that the problem of reconciling those two extremes is impossible, but it remains such a gigantic challenge that it 's doubtful we 'll ...

Comment In: [News - 03/05/2014 - 06:18]

Foiled is so great. Real ...

Foiled is so great. Real happy to see this game get some publicity

Comment In: [News - 02/21/2014 - 04:36]

Don 't forget about Armikrog, ...

Don 't forget about Armikrog, too