The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 4 – Violence in Media

In this episode, I discuss violence in videogames. This is a less “game-design-theory” episode, and more of a culture/media episode, but I do discuss a lot of user comments from these recent articles. Cited in the article: “Dehumanization” on Polygon Beyond the Pentakill on Gamasutra In addition to those, I also wrote these relevant articles: … Continue reading "The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 4 – Violence in Media"

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The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 3 – Tech Myths

Three podcast episodes in three days! My intention here was to get the podcast really rolling up front. I feel like it’s kinda crappy to have a podcast with one episode, and two episodes isn’t much better. So now there are three, which is a comfortable starting place, I think. Quickly I’d like to let … Continue reading "The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 3 – Tech Myths"

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Violence, Part 2: Game Design Ramifications

In Part 1, I discussed the cultural and messaging problems involved with portraying the glorification of violence. In this part, I’ll be discussing the mechanical ruleset issues that tend to arise as a result of working with violent themes and settings. I do not advocate “starting with theme” – you should certainly not start a … Continue reading "Violence, Part 2: Game Design Ramifications"

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