The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 5 – The Limitations of Boardgames

While it’s tempting to think otherwise, computers are the best tool we have for pursuing great game designs. In this episode, I also talk about how “abstract” games are problematic due to low information density, the information horizon, and a lot about the medium of board games.   Some relevant links: http://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame – all game … Continue reading "The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 5 – The Limitations of Boardgames"

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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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Uncapped Look-Ahead and the Information Horizon

I write a lot about how bad output randomness is for games, but today I want to write about a problem common in many deterministic games – specifically ones that lack hidden information. Why doesn’t everyone just play chess, if it’s so great? The answer is that chess, or other ancient abstracts like Go and … Continue reading "Uncapped Look-Ahead and the Information Horizon"

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