Glorifying OT: the law of diminishing returns

Video game development philosophies have grown by leaps and bounds since the development of the first commercial video games.  However, one facet has become a mainstay of development which has had a detrimental effect on the talent within the industry, and that is the glorification of working overtime or “crunch”. Leadership and planning The concept of overtime…

TerraGenesis: transforming failure into success

Building a world or just passing through? The immersiveness of TerraGenesis comes from the striking change that can be observed from transforming a world through gameplay.  The first moment you notice clouds after building an atmosphere for an entire day in real time.  Spotting water on the planet’s surface, carving out continents after a week of…

Aspirations & plans: lessons learned from The Sims

The Sims is a popular franchise which focuses on establishing a fulfilling home life while also creating goals for a lifetime. Players develop their Sims starting as young as children within a family all the way through the older stages of adulthood. Along the way they make decisions on whom to socialize with, what skills…