Browsing the "Game Design" Category

Infidel’s Paintball

October 31st, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Like everything in the universe, games have a finite lifespan. There are several ways of extending that lifespan, including forums, [&hellip


Designing a Player Run Game

October 28th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Players are often the best resource for self policing the game that they play. They have the most intimate knowledge [&hellip


Use Based Skills

October 26th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Use based skills are skills that advance your character’s abilities through performing the ability in question. They are very common [&hellip


Experience Systems

October 21st, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Experience systems are an integral part of most RPGs, and are increasing in popularity in other genres as well. They [&hellip


Data Optimization

October 21st, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

With the way modern technology has evolved over the last 30 years, it doesn’t seem like data optimization would be [&hellip


Damage Ranges

October 17th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

It is often the case that proper implementation of design theory merely maintains the quality of a game, but poor [&hellip


Microcosm of Balance

July 10th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

When I was working on Galactic Supremacy I found myself in a bit of a pickle. Even though the game [&hellip


Random Number Generation

July 9th, 2013 | by Jeremy Reed

In practically every game available, there is an amount of uncertainty. Whether it be rolling the dice, drawing a card [&hellip


What is Bad AI?

July 9th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Bad AI includes when the cars in racing games gain bursts of speed when the PC player is a certain [&hellip


Finite State Machines

July 9th, 2013 | by Jeremy Reed

A Finite State Machine (FSM) is a computer science abstraction used to organize application behavior so it is easier for [&hellip


Why Ninja Looting is Wrong

July 9th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Ethics is a philosophical subject that deals with the consequences of one’s actions. Particularly, philosophers attempt to assess the “rightness” [&hellip


Hiding Your Variables

July 9th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

As a player, it often gives you an edge if you understand not only the rules of the game, but [&hellip


A More Rewarding MMO

July 9th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

World of Warcraft really broke the mold in every significant way. It is by far the most popular MMO in [&hellip


Addictiveness in Gaming

July 9th, 2013 | by Matt Haberfeld

Video games were not always popular. In the early days, developing a video game was mostly a labor of love [&hellip


Designing Realistic Loot

December 19th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

If you’ve played any RPGs since Diablo came out in 1998, then you’ve probably had some exposure to modern loot [&hellip


SRPG Combat Engines

October 26th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

SRPG stands for “Strategy Role Playing Game” and it is a relatively new term for a very old gaming concept. [&hellip


Integrated Gaming

October 26th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Integrated gaming is the ultimate pipe dream for everyone who plays video games. It is the idea of taking several [&hellip



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