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Bobby Lockhart's Blog   Expert Blogs


Creative Director of Important Little Games, an indie educational games studio based out of Chicago.  Currently building 'Codemancer,' a fantasy adventure game where Magic is Programming.

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Expert Blogs

Bobby Lockhart does a little reflection on the definition of design and the place of games in the wider practice of capital-D Design.

There has been a little innovation in systems of conversation, but there's also been frustration in their stagnation. So here are a few notions just to get the field in motion.

First off, I acknowledge that this is the wrong question to ask. The better question is: "How can I determine how many mechanics my game should have?" This essay gives my own opinion on that question.

What emotions are difficult to give the player? What causes players to feel the way they do? How can we, as a community of artists, reach for deeper and more complex emotions?

The idea of using simple games and apps to teach programming has come under fire. I come to its defense.

Let's look through a large dataset of game titles and see what we can find...

Bobby Lockhart's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/30/2018 - 06:18]

Thanks so much for pulling ...

Thanks so much for pulling all of this together

Comment In: [Blog - 01/09/2017 - 02:12]

Why are book adaptations so ...

Why are book adaptations so much more successful r n r nI wonder if it 's because books are linear, like films, or r n r nperhaps because books have more detail and story than the screeenwriter needs, so it becomes a matter of editing, rather than of ideation. Whereas ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/04/2017 - 09:52]

VR is a display device, ...

VR is a display device, so it is certainly true that, just like screens or speakers, one can make good experiences without interactivity or storytelling. r n r nKoyaanisqatsi is a really great movie. It 's a more engaging experience than most games. On the other hand, I wouldn 't ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/19/2016 - 10:48]

I gave students extra credit ...

I gave students extra credit in my Level Design course if they posted their work on their website. r n r nThe trouble I 've found with incentivizing a lot of these good practices with students is that many people 's fondest ambition is to disappear into the middle of ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/28/2016 - 09:50]

Thanks ...


Comment In: [News - 10/19/2016 - 04:02]

I learned that many players ...

I learned that many players would rather stab an old man in the hand and shoot him dead in a restaurant than do a treasure-hunting side-quest.