John Osborne's Blog
Co-host of Late to the Game, a farming game mechanics and narrative for deeper meaning.
Thoughts about Game Design and Game Criticism from the perspective from someone working in another industry altogether (television).
American living in Cologne.
How do kids consume M-rated games, and how much responsibility should parents take?
Discussion of what trends the "horror" game genre is going through right now, to spark discussion of alternative ways horror can be felt.
A brief thought on comparing games to movies - take genre into account.
A Response to Ian Bogost's Atlantic piece arguing for Video Games without Characters in favor of System Design.
Comparing and contrasting Auteur Theory, its use in the film industry, and possible use in the games industry as both a critical and marketing tool.
Open world games, games with rich mechanics, even simple platformers can be served best with simple premises, and leaving the player to map their own journey. Overly complex premises lead to convoluted storytelling. Leave the plot twists to the players
John Osborne's Comments
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[Blog - 03/16/2015 - 01:02]
Jack, thanks for discovering my ...
Jack, thanks for discovering my blogs here, and I agree. My views have been evolving since writing this, and I 'll be following up as time goes on. r n r nFunny enough, one I 've been working on for awhile was meant to be a satirical look at The ...
[Blog - 10/20/2015 - 12:00]
Citizen Kane wasn 't the ...
Citizen Kane wasn 't the Citizen Kane of film until its sort of rediscovery by a bunch of french critics a decade after its release. Part of the reason it lasts is because it had an influence in the industry even though it was a box office flop, these critics ...
[Blog - 09/18/2015 - 01:30]
I wrote an attempt of ...
I wrote an attempt of such a manifesto awhile ago - http://gamasutra.com/blogs/JohnOsborne/20130903/199501/Cahiers du Ludica.php r n r nIt gave rise to my subreddit /r/cahiersduludica - which is the most pretentious name I could think of.
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I 'm a PoC, and ...
I 'm a PoC, and I hate - absolutely abhor - the term Person of Color . Yet it 's the best, mot inclusive term we have at the moment, but it 's just so bad and easy to lump together. r n r nIn fact - in most of ...