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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 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.


Posted by James Margaris on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:30:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The design and implementation of Miiverse support in Lucadian Chronicles for Wii U



James Margaris's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/05/2017 - 09:26]

Ha ha. I think I ...

Ha ha. I think I played Alex Kidd in Miracle World in a store display Master System once, but to be honest nothing about the game stuck with me and I forgot that he wasn 't just a normal boy.

Comment In: [News - 12/07/2017 - 01:43]

Even if, say, lootboxes aren ...

Even if, say, lootboxes aren t legally gambling, the addictive behaviors they produce are real the money spent is real. r n r nAgree. r n r n r nIf loot boxes aren 't legally gambling then let 's just call them gamebling and move on - they are close ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/04/2017 - 10:02]

On the issue of loot ...

On the issue of loot boxes, I 've made half a dozen times elsewhere - if they are bad for children then why do we allow trading card games like Pokemon and MtG r n r nMaybe those trading card games are also bad r n r nOther answers: r ...

Comment In: [News - 11/17/2017 - 04:04]

I can 't really speak ...

I can 't really speak about working with other companies, because I 've only worked as a developer at Blizzard, but my only goal is to make the most fun experience, r n r nThis may be true for an individual developer but for a development team this is essentially ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/27/2017 - 05:58]

There is so much low-hanging ...

There is so much low-hanging fruit that Valve doesn 't take care of. I don 't think the problem here is that Valve is unaware of the issues, the problem is that Valve lacks the institutional will to do much about them. r n r nEven very simple problems have ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/12/2017 - 03:08]

I don 't follow VR ...

I don 't follow VR super closely but it seems to me one problem with it is that there are so many different offerings. So another one with a different spec and capabilities seems counter-productive to me. r n r nI don 't envy being a dev and trying to ...