game design

Forum discussion tagged with game design.
  1. Zloth

    What was the last game you played that read your old save?

    Back in the days of yore, it wasn't all that rare for a game in a series to ask you for a save game from a previous game in the series. For instance, Dragon Age 2 would check what your character looked like in DA1 and put a statue up that looked like your old character. Now, the practice is...
  2. Zloth

    Options - Having Your Cake & Eating It, Too!

    Options are a wonderful way to widen a game's appeal. Graphic options let you tailor a game's graphics to fit your system's capabilities and your own tastes (depth of field OFF!). Difficulty settings let you tailor the game to your own skills and even mood. Gameplay settings let you customize...
  3. Zloth

    Why the Maze Hate??

    @Kaamos_Llama's topic on original games reminded me of a really ancient one... (You do NOT want to know what my parents paid for that game!) After the initial years, though, games have REALLY hate mazes. If there's a choice in direction at all, the "wrong" way will only let you go for maybe...
  4. Zloth

    Why are difficulty curves so wonky!?

    The re-release of Mass Effect reminds me of something I first noticed in Mass Effect 1: if you can get through the opening 20 hours or so, the rest of the game (barring a few boss fights) is a cake run. That's really become the norm now in games, particularly RPGs. I just finished Trails of...
  5. G

    Academic Research I need you help

    Hello everyone, I'm a game designer and a researcher and the Game Design field. I'm contacting you after a quick email with Andy Chalk, that suggested me to directly use the forum. I'm trying to collect feedback from the gamer community in order to identify different game design practise and...
  6. Pifanjr

    Favourite Core Aesthetics

    In 2004, a paper was published in which an attempt was made to formalize some of the language used to talk about game design: https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=24640B609CF819EE213B7C42AC0E1355?doi=10.1.1.79.4561&rep=rep1&type=pdf A video that explains the aesthetics...
  7. Zloth

    Non-Linear RPGs... Or Are They?

    @Sarafan's post in another topic reminded me of an issue I mumble about a lot: RPGs that are supposed to be non-linear but actually are. I'm not talking about cheap dialog choices where the only difference the choice makes is that one or two lines of dialog will be different, I'm talking on the...