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  • Announcing my new book: The Pyramid of Game Design

    I am delighted to announce that my new book, The Pyramid of Game Design, is now out, published by CRC Press. Subtitled “Designing, Producing and Launching Service Games”, the book is a comprehensive guide to, well, designing,...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Words to ban #1: Whales

    I hate the term whales. It is a word drawn from the gambling industry to describe their high rollers, the heavy spenders who gamble huge sums of money and often lose them. I hate the word whales...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • Raph Koster’s analysis of the ways to make a successful service game

    Raph Koster, lead designer on Ultima Online and author of A Theory of Fun, has written a great post on Gamasutra setting out the key ways in which a service game can seek to keep its players...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • Coffee Stain put out a 13 minute explainer video justifying why they are using the Epic store

    This is an interesting 13 minute video justifying why Coffee Stain chose to go with the Epic store for the next game, Satisfactory. It’s interesting, not least because they felt they needed to put out a 13...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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  • Benedict Evans’ annual technology presentation

    Benedict Evans of Andreesen Horowitz seems to be taking over from Mary Meeker as the “thinking person’s guide to the future of the internet”. His annual presentation, delivered at 100 mph, is very good. I was astounded...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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  • Why localising video games into German is so hard

    I don’t think I have seen a better visual illustration of why design teams find it so hard to create a User Interface that accommodates the German language well. That’s always a rather surprising comparison. I can...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • A vote to give the people say over the terms of Brexit.

    I don’t usually put political stuff up on GAMESbrief. In fact, since I’ve been active as Design Director of Electric Square for most of this year, I haven’t been posting much at all. That will change soon,...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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