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Keith Burgun's Expert Blogs

Posted by Keith Burgun on Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:43:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
Addiction-based games are arguably bigger than ever these days. Why is it such a big problem, and why does no one seem to care?

Posted by Keith Burgun on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:15:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Indie
We're creating a new mode to bridge the gap between Auro and the expectation of many players. However, this mode is more than just a new mode; it represents a philosophical shift with how we attempt to communicate with our audience.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Tue, 05 May 2015 01:22:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
Many competitive games have a problem known as "turtling", or overly defensive play. In this article, I explore some of the reasons that it keeps happening.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:17:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Indie
There's been a lot of discussion about how to prevent toxic behavior in players of online competitive games. Today I'd like to suggest a different approach.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Mon, 06 Apr 2015 01:43:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
I've been looking at videogames in the wrong way for a long time. Videogames are fundamentally toys, even those that profess to be strategy games. In this article, I go into depth on the value of toys and how we're failing to capitalize on them.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:39:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Lack of argument clarity is something that affects game design writers/thinkers in general, and so Id like to use the example of the "games and stories debate" as a vehicle to explain what I see as a problem with our discourse in general.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:26:00 EST in Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The launch version of Auro was received super-well, but we also got some complaints about how the game is hard to learn. Here's what we think we did wrong with our Tutorial, and here's what we plan on doing about it.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:31:00 EST in Design, Serious
I attended the 2014 Practice: Game Design in Detail conference at NYU this past weekend. Here I give my thoughts on this year's conference, as well as thoughts on the conference generally.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:51:00 EST in Design, Serious
3 Minute Game Design is what it sounds like: three minutes of dense, clear game design theory.

Posted by Keith Burgun on Tue, 04 Nov 2014 08:03:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
In Part two of this two-part article series on violence in games, I discuss the negative ramifications that violence has on mechanical game design.

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