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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.


Member Blogs

How do kids consume M-rated games, and how much responsibility should parents take?

Posted by John Osborne on Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:05:00 EDT in Design, Art
Discussion of what trends the "horror" game genre is going through right now, to spark discussion of alternative ways horror can be felt.

Posted by John Osborne on Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:00:00 EDT in Design, Art
A brief thought on comparing games to movies - take genre into account.

Posted by John Osborne on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:47:00 EDT in Design, Art
A Response to Ian Bogost's Atlantic piece arguing for Video Games without Characters in favor of System Design.

Posted by John Osborne on Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:02:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, 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.

Posted by John Osborne on Wed, 28 May 2014 04:07:00 EDT in Design
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

Comment In: [News - 04/20/2016 - 03:59]

So it 's Monday Night ...

So it 's Monday Night Combat with Borderlands humor

Comment In: [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 ...

Comment In: [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 ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/18/2015 - 01:30]

I wrote an attempt of ...

I wrote an attempt of such a manifesto awhile ago - du Ludica.php r n r nIt gave rise to my subreddit /r/cahiersduludica - which is the most pretentious name I could think of.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/22/2014 - 01:44]

Founders of the VR Movement ...

Founders of the VR Movement in the 80 's included a lot of women - Brenda Laurel wrote the book on the subject even.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/31/2014 - 11:57]

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 ...