Jeff Vogel's Blog
Jeff Vogel founded tiny, adorable indie game company Spiderweb Software in 1994. Since then, he has written many fantasy RPGs, including the Exile, Geneforge, Avadon, and Avernum series and Nethergate: Resurrection. Has also done much writing, including the Grumpy Gamer series for Computer Games Magazine, the View From the Bottom series for IGN, and the book The Poo Bomb: True Tales of Parental Terror. He is currently a long-winded blowhard at the Bottom Feeder blog and a terse blowhard on Twitter.
In this article, I settle all debates regarding game reviews: How good should a reviewer be at a game? What topics are a reviewer allowed to bring up when doing a review? Are review scores and review aggregators good? Does anyone still care about them?
We are currently remastering our most popular game. For the second time. We talk about ancient indie game history, the pros and cons of doing remasters, and one of the greatest things about being an independent creator: Owning and controlling your work
Brave game designers are never satisfied with the mere perfection of the game console controller. They're always coming up with new, weird fad controllers to tempt us. This article will describe the lifespan of this process. Spoiler: Nothing ever changes.
The JRPG Persona 5 is critically acclaimed, selling extremely well for its genre, and is generally loved by the people who play it. Yet, it contains incredibly dark and difficult material by any standards, let alone video games. It still works. Why?
A step-by-step design analysis of the very long, long introduction to a recent popular game. The goal: To show how it could be shortened to make a more effective game and a less grueling experience for the player.
If your game has 100000 words, you could have done the same thing more effectively with 50000. If your game has 500000 words, you could have done better with 150000. If your game has over a million words, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!?!?
Jeff Vogel's Comments
[Blog - 11/17/2017 - 10:30]
Sometimes a valid debate gets ...
Sometimes a valid debate gets hijacked by Mad Online types who want to turn every possible dispute into a proxy battle for the presidential election or Brexit or whatever. It 's still a valid debate. r n r nThere should be reviewers bad/inexperienced at games because a difficult game can ...
[Blog - 08/04/2017 - 09:10]
Normally, I like making characters ...
Normally, I like making characters more 3-dimensional, but I think that the villains in Persona 5 are handled just fine. I feel that art these days really overuses giving a character some sort of backstory to add depth. Like giving Willy Wonka a past in the recent movie. Ugh. Who ...
[Blog - 06/16/2017 - 09:40]
I would love more gritty ...
I would love more gritty step by step analyses of games and what they do right and wrong. If you 're interested, I recommend the excellent indie game Quadrilateral Cowboy. After you win, you unlock a director 's cut playthrough, and the comments are super-informative.
[Blog - 03/30/2017 - 09:54]
Use whatever assets you can ...
Use whatever assets you can to actually get your game done and off the launch pad, and don 't feel guilty. Remember, for a gamer to be mad at the assets you used, they have to actually have TRIED YOUR GAME. If that happens, you 're winning r n r ...
[Blog - 09/23/2016 - 09:31]
Thank you It 's cool ...
Thank you It 's cool if people don 't read it. It 's looong. Honestly, I just wanted one convenient link to send to people who ask me, How do I write games Sending them this link also shows them Gamasutra, which is a nice bonus.
[Blog - 09/08/2016 - 11:18]
Many, many thanks to Gamasutra ...
Many, many thanks to Gamasutra for printing my entirely sincere and perhaps slightly over-caffeinated post. This post has been blowing up on my blog, and I really hope I can share some numbers with Gama. I 'll be dropping in all day and taking on all comers if you want ...