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Natalie Mikkelson's Blog   Expert Blogs


Lead Narrative Designer at Lo-Fi Games with a specialty in open-world and non-linear games. Talk to me about writing on Twitter as @Koomatzu, or take a gander at my blog Indie Game Writing!


Expert Blogs

A short look at companion characters in non-linear games: How can we make them shine with limited spotlight? What are the key ingredients that make us feel so attached to these characters?

A checklist for building stronger characters, including tips and ideas on how to strengthen the player-protagonist connection in non-linear and less narrative-driven games

Ambient dialogue can work brilliantly to breathe life into a world, reinforce goals and lore, and make the player truly feel a part of the world. In this article, I'll talk about how we can make the most of barks in open world games.

Underestimating the complications of localisation - My tips and lessons learned from localising Kenshi in seven languages.

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Did Kenshi's localisation pay for itself? Was the investment worth it? In this blog post I explore how Kenshi's regional sales were affected (or not affected!) after translating the game into various languages.

Natalie Mikkelson's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 02/24/2021 - 10:20]

Thanks, Ron Dang, yeah I ...

Thanks, Ron Dang, yeah I hate the whole 'gotcha ' death. It has its place in kids/feel-good movies, but not so much in more serious stuff.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/18/2020 - 10:10]

100 agreed, very good points ...

100 agreed, very good points

Comment In: [Blog - 11/09/2017 - 09:23]

Thank you I 've not ...

Thank you I 've not heard of the Trails games, might take a closer look at Trails in the Sky though.