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I'm a freelance writer about gaming topics by hobby - and an IT Professional by trade. I studied computer science and software engineering for my Master's, and that gradually evolved into an interest in trying to understand games better from an academic point of view and bring out their underlying theory. I think that as players understand their games better and take an interest in their design, they'll be more likely to appreciate the potential of the medium and we'll see more interesting projects from the community to build on the potential of the games and engines that exist.

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Posted by Mark Newheiser on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:05:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production
As creators fail to meet their promises, Kickstarter is in danger of becoming a lemon market for games.

Posted by Mark Newheiser on Fri, 04 Dec 2009 09:45:00 EST in Design
Facebook's Farmville is arguably the most popular game in the world, with 69 million players a month. I took a look at its mechanics and how well it leverages the largest social network, and come to the conclusion that it's more addictive than it is fun.

Posted by Mark Newheiser on Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:50:00 EDT in Design
My response to a popular online article which claims the best way to enjoy competitive games is to "play to win", and deal with games as they are rather than trying to impose additional rules. I get into why I think there are exceptions to both principles

Mark Newheiser's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 06/08/2015 - 06:05]

Corey: Thanks for weighing in. ...

Corey: Thanks for weighing in. I appreciate your candor that you wouldn 't launched your original Kickstarter knowing what you know now, that can 't be easy to say. r n r nLuliana: I 'm still not totally sure how to feel about big name projects on kickstarter myself. Kickstarter ...

Comment In: [News - 06/23/2008 - 03:50]

Excellent analysis, it's unfortunate that ...

Excellent analysis, it's unfortunate that this is true in a lot of areas--Alexa provides very biased and incomplete browser data, Nielsen ratings are very limited samples, there are a lot of fields in which the available information has serious problems, but people have to use it regardless because it's better ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/04/2009 - 09:45]

Well, since I'm not able ...

Well, since I'm not able to go back in time and warn my past self I figured this is the next best thing. Oddly enough I don't know anyone in my circle of friends who's conceded that the game has beaten them, and admitted to shelling out real money to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/14/2009 - 03:50]

One point about my own ...

One point about my own background in games: I got my start doing board games, and participating in board game groups where you simply arrange games between the people present. In that particular social context, you almost want to avoid behaviors that could knock a player out for the duration ...