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Bryant Francis is a writer for and Community Manager for Game Developers Conference. He's previously written for, Zam, Geek & Sundry, and Paste Magazine, and has a background in writing and community management for web video. You can find him on Twitter @RBryant2012, or play in League of Legends as ThatRoninGuy. 


Expert Blogs

Posted by Bryant Francis on Tue, 10 Jul 2018 03:41:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Fantasy Flight Games' X-Wing 2.0 offers some interesting lessons for game developers as the industry moves toward supporting more live, always-updated games.

Posted by Bryant Francis on Tue, 08 May 2018 04:41:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC
Shadow of the Tomb Raider wants to help players dive into Lara Croft's character, but its developers say it's not commentary. How do developers sell emotionally risky games to the world?

Posted by Bryant Francis on Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:14:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online
There's a straight line between yesterday's MMO drop rates and today's loot boxes, but does that mean we have a gambling problem?

Posted by Bryant Francis on Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:07:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Games can be political in a lot of different ways, but Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is practically a toolbox for politically-charged narrative design.

Posted by Bryant Francis on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:51:00 EDT in Design, Social/Online
In which your humble contributing editor attempts to parlay his obsession with tiny Star Wars ships into useful game design observations.

Posted by Bryant Francis on Wed, 24 May 2017 09:56:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Horizon Zero Dawn's apocalypse, and the way it's told to the player, isn't just another video game setting. Here's a look at how its staggered nature creates dynamic storytelling moments worth emulating.

Bryant Francis's Comments

Comment In: [News - 01/10/2019 - 09:57]

Just an FYI for everyone, ...

Just an FYI for everyone, the line break issue is totally a bug and we 're very sad about it. : We 're working on a fix, hopefully it 'll be in sooner then later.

Comment In: [News - 07/09/2018 - 07:52]

Price has not updated her ...

Price has not updated her Twitter account since before her firing. You could not objectively construe this comment as 'wanting attention. '

Comment In: [News - 06/15/2018 - 04:08]

It 's not directly comparable. ...

It 's not directly comparable. HitRecord 's partnership seems to be limited to art, music, and voiceover that would be original content in the game. Fans fixing bugs, making HD assets, and revamping features is a way bigger can of worms that tangentially relates to this unpaid labor, game ownership, ...

Comment In: [News - 11/02/2017 - 06:43]

Hi Scott, great question. Since ...

Hi Scott, great question. Since both this statement and the ESA 's earlier statement supporting the STEM proposal from the Trump administration were met with disdain from game developers, we did our best to dig into why again, when we wrote this, that tweet had over 200 negative replies with ...

Comment In: [News - 10/27/2017 - 05:15]

It 's also a solid ...

It 's also a solid gut punch to the idea that just because you 're American doesn 't mean you 're automatically good. Everything out of his Dad 's mouth is the kind of awful thing we 've made movie Nazis say, but rarely the Americans back home.

Comment In: [News - 03/22/2017 - 05:00]

So I just want to ...

So I just want to touch on this for a moment because one takeaway I got from the people I talked with was that most of them were delighted with how the games industry and GDC has been very welcoming to them, incidents like the one with the Jewish Facebook ...