Playing videogames: a rambling essay about hating what you love

How does anyone find the time to play videogames? I’ve had a hard time getting around to playing videogames recently, and this has led me on a path towards understanding why that might be. It’s not just that I don’t have time; the truth is, if I really wanted to play some videogames every night, … Continue reading "Playing videogames: a rambling essay about hating what you love"

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Single Player Competition: Strategy Games You Can Live In (my Indiecade ’17 Talk)

Hi everyone! As you may know, I did a talk at Indiecade ’17 last month. It went really well, so I thought I’d piece together a lot of that talk into a podcast episode to share with you guys. It’s about the special problem of avoiding toxicity, violence, and hostile feelings in strategy games, and … Continue reading "Single Player Competition: Strategy Games You Can Live In (my Indiecade ’17 Talk)"

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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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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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