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James Margaris's Blog   Expert Blogs


Co-founder of Dark Roast Entertainment. Previously worked on Lucadian Chronicles and The Grinns Tale, currently working on Cubisaurus Rex. This demonic frog is my spirit animal.

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Expert Blogs

Posted by James Margaris on Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:04:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Examining the "ideas are cheap" mantra via Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles

Posted by James Margaris on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:12:00 EDT in Design
In which our hero argues against classical notions of video game accessibility.

Posted by James Margaris on Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:26:00 EST in Design
A look into design changes in sequels that should result in better games but don't.

Posted by James Margaris on Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:58:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
A design-centric analysis of Heroes of the Storm's struggle in the eSports arena.

Posted by James Margaris on Thu, 04 Feb 2016 02:14:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
On examination of incoherent game systems featuring Xenoblade Chronicles X, Tactics Ogre PSP and Diablo III

Posted by James Margaris on Tue, 05 May 2015 01:22:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A blog about the design of Dark Souls, as if you aren't already sick to death of Dark Souls talk.

James Margaris's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/11/2018 - 03:04]

You mean for the important ...

You mean for the important item highlighting Maybe what I wrote was a little unclear. I 've edited it a bit to clarify r n r nWhen you come across an item that 's used for a quest the game will flash-forward to a scene of you handing that item ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/09/2018 - 02:22]

I believe if you copy-paste ...

I believe if you copy-paste in an apostrophe Gama gets weird - maybe it also depends on your platform if I just type one in it works fine. r n r nGama 's backend converts a lot of special characters into hex codes and something seems to have gone wrong ...

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

One of the problems these ...

One of the problems these discussions have is that most people are pegged to either burn the witch or she did nothing wrong. r n r nSaw the same thing with No Man 's Sky - so many developers circling the wagons with actually it 's perfectly normal to fib ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/08/2018 - 10:43]

Eh.... I can 't even ...

Eh.... I can 't even

Comment In: [News - 07/06/2018 - 09:41]

Firing them seems harsh but ...

Firing them seems harsh but it 's hard to get over how inane and disproportionate their tweets are. r n r nAfter I wrote my blog about accessibility I had a number of people contact me, some agreeing, some disagreeing. Seems pretty normal and not something to get upset about ...

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

Well, I think people should ...

Well, I think people should get paid, always. r n r nDoes that mean I should expect a check any day now from Gamasutra paying me for my blogs here