Lessons from Europe
Often posts from a personal perspective are a contrite, self-promotion exercise of polishing the trumpets. They can also be an honest expression sometimes lost in t...
26 December 2012
In a world of frameworks, simple to use engines and added layers of abstraction we are in danger of leaky abstraction, both in design and programming. While t...
6 July 2012
Past the Past Pastel Dreams
Take a moment, think back, past the nostalgia and sepia dreams so we can consider old, forgotten mechanics. The thing we love about games is that they are com...
9 April 2012
Designing for the Untestable
Sometimes you’re asked to design for the untestable scenario. For instance, design a system for 10,000 players to asynchrously interact in a persistent competit...
9 January 2012
WebPad: Bring your Own Controller
Going to take a break from my Useless Designer series to talk about a personal project which has me very excited. While judging Dare I came across a good idea which could be brilliant: using a m...
9 September 2011
Stop being the Useless Designer: Programming
A designer does not need to be a programmer but understanding programming is key. One of the most valuable but more expensive skills for a designer to acquire is programming...
25 August 2011
Stop being the Useless Designer
Excel is the brick and mortar tool for the designer. Through really any decent spreadsheet software will do and have most the features I list, so pardon the Excel centric explanations. With Excel you can build entire complex systems and mimic game systems. Allowing you to not only prototype systems but also balance and analyze them.
10 August 2011
Feedback in Production
As game developers we know the importance of Feedback in our games for players, but so often we forget the importance of feedback for ourselves. Implementing...
29 April 2011
Battle Plan: Shipping Someone’s Problem Child
Getting it out There. In my relatively short time in the industry I seem to have attracted a few fixer-uppers, reboots, ports and all round oh do you mind just finishing it off jobs. Some of the
26 February 2011