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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, 08 Jan 2019 10:02:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
20 pages of thoughts on Artifact cards that begin with the letter 'A'


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



James Margaris's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/11/2019 - 10:40]

On paper I think this ...

On paper I think this sort of analysis appears to make some sense but I 'm not so sure about it in practice. r n r nOne interesting facet of systems that punish you for failing and maybe reward you for succeeding is that there 's a hump there and ...

Comment In: [News - 03/22/2019 - 12:39]

@Lance Thornblad agree. r n ...

@Lance Thornblad agree. r n r n I don 't care for exclusivity at the hardware level, but this strikes me as less of a big deal. r n r nI normally hate it when we dismiss people as entitled but it 's hard not to see entitlement as the ...

Comment In: [News - 03/06/2019 - 09:56]

Totally agree. r n r ...

Totally agree. r n r nI played it for a while but there were so many daily tasks that it become mundane and overwhelming. r n r nI feel this way about a lot of mobile games - I understand why these daily tasks exist but I want to be ...

Comment In: [News - 02/06/2019 - 01:23]

Good story, though I must ...

Good story, though I must admit I have no idea that a cyber sloth is. r n r nEdit: I realize that my picture is of a giant demon frog.

Comment In: [News - 01/23/2019 - 03:43]

Dear god these puns. ...

Dear god these puns.

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

Pretty sure the no line ...

Pretty sure the no line breaks thing is just a bug, not a plan. r n r nI noticed that HTML in the blogs has changed a lot recently - with some tags that used to work not working any more. Seems like they upgraded or sidegraded and broke a ...