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Josh Bycer's Blog   Expert Blogs


For more than seven years, I have been researching and contributing to the field of game design. These contributions range from QA for professional game productions to writing articles for sites like Gamasutra and Quarter To Three. 

With my site Game-Wisdom our goal is to create a centralized source of critical thinking about the game industry for everyone from enthusiasts, game makers and casual fans; to examine the art and science of games. I also do video plays and analysis on my Youtube channel. I have interviewed over 500 members of the game industry around the world, and I'm a two-time author on game design with "20 Essential Games to Study" and "Game Design Deep Dive Platformers."


Expert Blogs

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 06 May 2022 02:58:00 EDT in Design
Elden Ring's design is going to be studied for months, but for this post, I want to be the dissenting opinion that Elden Ring's take on soulslike combat may be flawed in an unusual way.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 01 Apr 2022 02:48:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Free to Play Design has become a major aspect of game development and mobile games, and in my upcoming book, I started to talk about defining a code of ethics for making a game that's fair for both consumers and developers.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 29 Mar 2022 12:51:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Elden Ring is the current hot topic and for today's piece, I wanted to talk about how From Software made an excellent open-world game, by ignoring the conventional trends of the genre.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 04 Mar 2022 01:49:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
FPS design has seen a huge shift in the last few years thanks to Doom Eternal and "push forward" combat, and I wanted to talk about what this methodology does different compared to previous games.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 18 Feb 2022 11:59:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
While working on my next book, I had a chance to check out a subset of the modern mobile game scene, and here are 10 games that show how far things have come since the early 2010's.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 04 Feb 2022 12:42:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Many videogames today are about unique experiences, but what happens when the experience gets in the way of playing the game? Today's post looks at the debate over intentional friction and the often-debated points of art vs. business.

Josh Bycer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/07/2021 - 10:45]

I tried Workers when it ...

I tried Workers when it first went on early access and found the onboarding lacking, have things improved along those lines since then

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2021 - 10:19]

There is a section in ...

There is a section in my upcoming book specifically talking about horror in non-horror properties and I include one of two horror in non horror surprises from the 80 's that scarred a lot of people when they first saw it :

Comment In: [Blog - 06/09/2021 - 10:14]

glad I could help, I ...

glad I could help, I want to explore this idea of scientifically looking at game design more in the future.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/14/2021 - 10:53]

if that 's the worse ...

if that 's the worse sentence you have ever read in a blog, then you need to read more blogs And this is not a point of argument anymore, the same with the argument over paid cosmetics in f2p design.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/29/2021 - 11:55]

We had a talk about ...

We had a talk about this further on my live gamedev streams, and I think the best analogy would be something like a public library, with funding coming from the government, or a third party, with the role of cataloging, maintaining and providing these games as a free service for ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/26/2021 - 09:10]

Thanks for enjoying the piece, ...

Thanks for enjoying the piece, maybe someday I 'll try and finish Death Stranding.