Console vs mobile: a study of player engagement

Ever since video games moved from arcades to home consoles we have seen video games develop into the method of development and release which is similar to how board games are released, as a product.  However, with the advent of mobile gaming, specifically phone and tablet gaming, we have seen games return to a games as a…

All or nothing affinity: Why NPC interactions are broken

In roleplaying games conversation trees, and dialogue options open up a world of character expression and interaction with the non player characters.  Whether it is as simple as talking to a bartender to tap into the rumors floating about town, or diving deep into the history of a companion to learn their motivations for joining you…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Strategy & Simulation

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Forum for Creativity

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Meditative Spaces

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Roleplaying Narratives

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Competition

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

Tutorialize the conversation: speaking to non-gamers about games

I love talking about video games and games in general with my fellow gamers.  We have shared experience that make it easy for us to connect and discuss the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the games we play.  However, I find it equally enjoyable to explain games and gaming culture to the uninitiated; people who…

Cause and effect: the Mass Effect trilogy in 17 days

Just a few…more…games… As the last console generation drew to a close, I lamented the transition into the next generation, the cost of a new console, the lack of backwards compatibility, meaning I would need to start an entirely new library with games and franchises not yet proven to have what I so loved about…

The playthrough paradox: why we play games multiple times

What’s in a playthrough? A playthrough is considered starting a fresh game and completing the main objective or at least the critical path of progression.  For some, known as completionists, it is about finishing every single game task before reaching an end condition such as the final boss.  For others playthroughs are simply means of…

Forge of Empires: progression and maintaining culture

The challenge of progression models Within the mobile market, builder games are a genre in which players start with rudimentary structures and spaces, and develop them into their ideal, custom world. These games often feature elements where players consistently return to a game throughout the day to continue to progress. Each level of progress is gated by…