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Philosophy Fighter

By Shamus
on Tuesday Mar 20, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Videogame Morality & Procedural Content

By Shamus
on Wednesday Feb 28, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Graphics Hardware is Killing PC Games

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 22, 2007
Filed under:
Video Games




Competitor vs. Builder

By Shamus
on Tuesday Feb 20, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Failure to Communicate

By Shamus
on Friday Feb 16, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




The Tickle Animation

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 15, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Roundtable:
MMO Games & Social Busywork

By Shamus
on Wednesday Feb 14, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




The Plot-Driven Door

By Shamus
on Monday Feb 12, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Videogames + Exercise

By Shamus
on Tuesday Feb 6, 2007
Filed under:
Game Design




Scope And Scale

By Shamus
on Thursday Nov 9, 2006
Filed under:
Game Design




NPCs and Immersion

By Shamus
on Thursday Aug 31, 2006
Filed under:
Game Design




The Procedural World, Part 2

By Shamus
on Tuesday Aug 8, 2006
Filed under:
Programming




The Biggest Game Ever

How did this niche racing game make a gameworld so massive, and why is that a big deal?

 

Trusting the System

How do you know the rules of the game are what the game claims? More importantly, how do the DEVELOPERS know?

 

Batman: Arkham City

A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.

 

Spoiler Warning:
BioShock

A confusing game that's really smart for a shooter, but kind of dumb compared to its RPG-focused forebears.

 

Why I Hated Resident Evil 4

Ever wonder how seemingly sane people can hate popular games? It can happen!

 

Shamus Plays LOTRO

As someone who loves Tolkein lore and despises silly MMO quests, this game left me deeply conflicted.

 

Batman v. Superman Wasn't All Bad

It's not a good movie, but it was made with good intentions and if you look closely you can find a few interesting ideas.

 

My Music

Do you like electronic music? Do you like free stuff? Are you okay with amateur music from someone who's learning? Yes? Because that's what this is.

 

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?

 

Autoblography

The story of me. If you're looking for a picture of what it was like growing up in the seventies, then this is for you.

 

This Game is Too Videogame-y

What's wrong with a game being "too videogameish"?

 

Megatextures

A video discussing Megatexture technology. Why we needed it, what it was supposed to do, and why it maybe didn't totally work.