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A Cancelled Board Game Revealed How Colonialism Inspires and Haunts Games

'Scramble for Africa' was cancelled amid apologies from a publisher and a broader debate about ethical gaming in the tabletop space.
Jon Bolding
4.12.19
Mutant Year Zero

'Mutant Year Zero' Is the Rare Tactics Game Where Scouting Is Actually Fun

Why the stealth-to-combat transition remains one of the toughest in games.
Rob Zacny
1.11.19
Postscript

The Emotionless Death Throes of 'Battlefield V'

The freighted inspirations for a wounded soldier animation, and how they became trivialized in DICE's latest military shooter.
Cameron Kunzelman
11.30.18
obituary

Bernie De Koven, Influential Game Designer and Scholar of Fun, Dies at 76

The author of 'The Well-Played Game' reminded us that rules should come secondary to people.
Cameron Kunzelman
3.26.18
monster hunter world

Monster Hunter Had to Kick My Ass to Teach Me Why It Was So Great

"Dragons ain't got shit on me." -Me, 15 minutes before being wrecked by Nergigante, the elder dragon.
Austin Walker
2.22.18
Bioshock

Learning the Level Design Secrets of 'BioShock'

The game was originally going to have more resources, fuses, and interactive flooding.
Danielle Riendeau
2.6.18
Game Design

These Books Offer a Cross-Section View of Classic Game Designs

The 'Reverse Design' gets beyond design platitudes with close interrogations of classic games' inner workings.
Cameron Kunzelman
8.23.17
Gaming

Second Life’s Immersive Sequel Is World-Building at Its Finest

Through immersive world-building, 'Sansar' wants to make VR social.
DJ Pangburn
7.31.17
open thread

Why Mind Control Is the Most Frustrating RPG Character Ability

Pass me my tinfoil hat.
Rob Zacny
7.26.17
resistance

Six Ways Games Can Teach Resistance

Games don't ask players to break their rules. Games teach players a system.
Tanya X. Short
7.12.17
Overwatch

In the Company of Heroes: An Interview with ‘Overwatch’ Designer Jeff Kaplan

We discuss new characters, the importance of the meta, and the social responsibilities of game developers in the 21st century.
Justin Mahboubian-Jones
4.11.17
virtual reality

Distract Yourself in Virtual Reality with a Meta Virtual Reality Game About Virtual Reality

Set in a future where humans work for artificial intelligence as artisans, the new VR game from Tender Claws is both a love letter and a parody of contemporary virtual reality culture.
J.H. Fearless
4.5.17
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