Game Case Study Update: Kaos War and Damon Grow

So recently I wrote a long, rambling post talking about the Kaos War MMORPG and some of the mistakes that founder Damon Grow makes during their journey (as documented by a Games.net video series). What ever happened with Damon and Kaos War? Kaos War never came out. Not a big surprise, you say? Get this: […]

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Game Design Case Study: Kaos War

At first I was going to subtitle this post “Follow your game-making dreams like a crack-crazed, howling, insensate lemming plunging from the peaks of Mt. Everest into the fiery pits of Hell itself.” So… should you? What am I talking about? I’m talking about big talkers and bootstrappers in videogames. And I’m talking about how […]

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Quick Notes on the New Star Wars Movies

The New Heroes I thought Force Awakens was merely serviceable as a movie, a huge chunk of fan service and a merry-go-round of “hey remember Star Wars?” but not a lot of new life. And honestly, that means it was a massive failure. It was the vanguard of the new guard, the movie that was supposed to introduce […]

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What Happens to Princess Leia?

What’s Next for Our Star Wars Princess What happens to Princess Leia in the next Star Wars movies? What should happen with Princess Leia? There’s no doubt that old-guard Star Wars heroes are dying like irradiated flies. So far, one hero per movie. And no matter what you think of the new trilogy, the question remains for […]

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Simple Gameplay In Banner Saga: A Mini Case Study

Finished Banner Saga awhile ago, but I captured this image when I was impressed by some of its simple but thought-provoking gameplay. Seems like a simple multiple-choice question, doesn’t it? So… let’s break this down a little bit. This challenge (and similar others) comes up midgame and has consequences on the size of your cohort, […]

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The New Tomb Raider Movie Was Written By A Game Writer

How Come The Game Writer Who Rebirthed Tomb Raider Isn’t In the Credits? Hmm. I don’t want to throw a lot of shade and grump about how game writers get no love, but it is rather curious. You see, if you’ve played Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, the trailer for the new Tomb Raider […]

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This Is Why Marvel Is Better Than Star Wars

Marvel Is Beating the Pants Off Star Wars – Admit It Marvel Comics and Star Wars have always been the polestars of my geekdom, but things have changed and now we have to admit that cinematically, Marvel is better than Star Wars, for some really obvious reasons. Star Wars came to greatness by taking chances. […]

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Gaming Your Life: What To Do When Someone Parks Like a Jerk?

Game writing and game design incorporate concepts that can be applied to regular life quandries. Here’s an example: recently I came across a question at Quora that cried out for a good gaming kind of strategy. The question: “What are some clever ways to mess with people with expensive cars who consistently park in two […]

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Cheap Batteries? Are The Best Rechargeable Batteries In Your Trash?

I Found An Unlimited Supply of Cheap Batteries at the Library Rechargeable batteries aren’t cheap. And buying and trashing batteries ain’t cheap either. But I think I’ve found a limitless supply of cheap batteries and I bet you can too. The key is that most battery chargers don’t charge alkaline batteries, the most common kind […]

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