Tagged: theory

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Game Journal 1.5: Ten Games You Played As A Child

In my last post I created a game with a passive player. I also included a short blurb to describe what I consider a passive player. This exercise challenges you to list ten games...

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Game Journal 1.3: Your Life As A Game

In my previous game journal post I explored a game I hate to play, listed all the reasons I hated it, and then offered ways to fix the things I didn’t like. Exercise 1.3...

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Game Journal 1.2: Games You Hate To Play

Exercise 1.2 In my previous post I analyzed how I play, how someone else plays and then compared and contrasted the two. For this exercise you’re supposed to find a game you hate to...

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Game Journal 1.1: Become A Tester

So I recently got my copy of Game Design Workshop by Tracy Fullerton back from a friend and while I was flipping through it I remembered one of the reasons I bought it and...

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How Much Does It Cost To Create A Flash MMO?

Are you thinking about making a flash MMO? Want to know what it costs? Then you’re in the right place. I’ve been working on an MMO for the past two years and I thought...

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Addictive Social Gaming

My largest game, White Oak Stables (WOS), has a newspaper that’s run and managed entirely by the members. Today someone posted a contest where you fill in the remainder of the sentence. The topic...

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Active Members – How Do You Keep Them?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the almost 10 years I’ve been running, creating and programming online games for girls it’s that keeping members active is a catch-22. Change is Good In order...

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Crunching the Numbers: Video Game Industry

According industry studies conducted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), approximately 41% of Americans have purchased or are expected to purchase video games in 2008. Sixty-five percent of American households play computer or video...

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BioShock: Graphic Violence in Video Games

Since when have playing games become all about how much blood sprays your screen when you bash someone over the head with a tire iron? Just this weekend I was over at my Cousin’s...