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Raph Koster's Expert Blogs

Posted by Raph Koster on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:15:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
To quote Paul Simon, "every generation throws a hero up the pop charts." We all know the game industry is cyclical; here's how it works.


Posted by Raph Koster on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:06:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
Star Wars Galaxies has been controversial for years thanks to a series of design decisions made both before and after launch. Among these was how Jedis were handled. Here's the design postmortem!


Posted by Raph Koster on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:24:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
World of Warcraft has now been with us for ten years, dominating the MMO landscape in the Western market. From where did it spring, why was it so successful, and what has its influence been on MMOs?


Posted by Raph Koster on Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:49:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
We toss around the word "clone" pretty liberally. What actually is a game clone? Why isn't every game in a genre a clone? What does "genre" even mean? Augh!


Posted by Raph Koster on Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:40:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The art game Mountain has caught a lot of people's attention, but it also challenges both those who want more "game" in their game and those who want more "experience." Why?


Posted by Raph Koster on Wed, 07 May 2014 04:50:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Market forces seem to be leading us to a crash for lower-end developers. Here's a (probably crazy) proposal to fix it.


Posted by Raph Koster on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:19:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Yes, gamers are upset about the sale of Oculus to Facebook. But the long-term arc of Oculus isn't aiming at games. And the rendering tech was never going to be where the action really was.


Posted by Raph Koster on Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:26:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
We all have ways of looking at other people's games and breaking them down for craft analysis. Here's mine.


Posted by Raph Koster on Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:47:00 EST in Business/Marketing
An assortment of tips on self-promotion the right way, and being a good community citizen.


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