This week's highlights showcase Below, Mutant Year Zero, Hades, Gris, and Ashen - all of which have standout features - with reviews in the round-up, as well as more 'best of the year' & more besides.
This post outlines an approach to game design that focuses on human values underpinning gameplay, and how to use them to craft meaningful conflict, fostering emergent storytelling.
Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.
An in-depth review of making user stories as one of the main game developer tools.
Increasing number of games include progression trees in their core gameplay experience. The question is how to compute the values associated with each threshold. There exist three techniques. Let’s review them and assess their pros and cons.
In part 2 of my series on The Division, I explain how the online systems manage the AI characters in-game.