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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: [News - 12/03/2018 - 02:12]

What makes this a problem ...

What makes this a problem and not a purposeful change working as intended

Comment In: [Blog - 11/30/2018 - 10:00]

This r nis r na ...

This r nis r na r ntest r nof r nline r n r nbreaks

Comment In: [News - 11/21/2018 - 12:21]

We also did not receive ...

We also did not receive any emails related to this. And we have gotten emails from them in that time period related to other matters, so it 's not like our email address is broken somehow. r n r nIt seems like something went wrong on their end.

Comment In: [News - 11/02/2018 - 06:15]

I get what they are ...

I get what they are trying to say but this analogy just doesn 't work at all. r n r nWith the arguable exception of the map Towers of Doom every HOTS map ends with a 1-0 score - as soon as a team scores once by destroying the enemy ...

Comment In: [News - 09/28/2018 - 03:57]

2017 was Steam 's biggest ...

2017 was Steam 's biggest year in terms of revenue. r n r nMaybe people are buying games and not playing them, or playing only a couple hours and then going back to their comfort food, but this doesn 't seem to be hurting sales.

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 ...