CGD Podcast: Episode 34 – Videogames and Game Culture with Tevis Thompson

Writer and critic Tevis Thompson has been on my radar a long time as a rare person who talks about games in a way that is markedly less alienating to me than usual. I recently heard him on the 1099 podcast, which I recommend people check out, and I thought we could have a really … Continue reading "CGD Podcast: Episode 34 – Videogames and Game Culture with Tevis Thompson"

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Clockwork Criteria: 6 Guidelines for Ideal Strategy Game Design

What are the criteria that make something a good “Clockwork Game”? The Clockwork Game Design model is something I have been working on for the last five years or so. It is specifically an effort to figure out how to make the most elegant and effective strategy games possible. There are certainly practical reasons why … Continue reading "Clockwork Criteria: 6 Guidelines for Ideal Strategy Game Design"

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Minimize calculation (in games worth playing)

This is a short follow-up to my article, “Uncapped Look-Ahead and the Information Horizon“, in which I proposed the concept of an information horizon: the distance between the current turn, and the point at which information becomes known to a player (usually, but not always, this means that it has become “public information”). A simpler … Continue reading "Minimize calculation (in games worth playing)"

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CGD Podcast Episode 25 – On FPS Games

This week, I’m talking about FPS (First Person Shooter) games, something I’ve spent a good chunk of my life playing. I think we really misunderstand these things, as the correct distinction is probably just “shooter” – and probably it’s time that we moved on from them.   If you enjoyed the episode, please consider becoming … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 25 – On FPS Games"

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CGD Podcast Episode 24 – Execution and Single-Player Games, with Frank Lantz

Today we have another episode with Frank Lantz, game designer, writer, and Director of the NYU Game Center. Today’s show involved two major topics: execution, and my seemingly crazy idea about how single-player should probably be the “default” number of players for a strategy game (something I’m going to be writing an article about soon). … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 24 – Execution and Single-Player Games, with Frank Lantz"

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CGD Podcast Episode 21: The “Classics” Problem

What does it mean when something is a “classic”? I think there’s actually a huge problem here that needs to be explored. New work is created using new cultural and scientific understandings, and it’s universally better in almost every case. We need to understand and appreciate this fact, and stop glorifying things just because they’re … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 21: The “Classics” Problem"

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