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13 November, 2015

Measuring raid performance

As I’ve posted before, I play FFXIV as one of my primary MMOs. I’ve been playing the new “Heavensward” expansion recently, and the first major patch lands this week. With the patch comes the first of the new raids.

As I might dip my toe into some of these raids, I was thinking about how to measure raid performance. How do you identify a good raider from a poor one?

28 October, 2015

Seasonal events and tone
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:32 AM

As we get into fall, we start getting into the “holiday season”. The first major one is coming up: my birthday. Although, the day before is also Halloween, so maybe that takes precedence.

MMOs tend to have special events around these times to celebrate the season. Let’s take a look at the current Halloween events in the two MMOs I play and see how tone is affected by these events.

16 September, 2015

Making competitive play interesting
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:21 AM

I’ve worked on a number of competitive Player vs. Player (PvP) games. Meridian 59 is notorious as a hard-core PvP game that had passionate fans. To be honest, I found the PvE aspects of the game to be very lackluster, but the PvP fights? Intense and unforgettable. What makes a competitive game so much more interesting?

30 August, 2015

The humanizing influence of the internet
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:01 AM

Blaugust, day 30

Technology is a funny thing. It sets humans apart from nearly every other animal on our planet. Every technology has both good impacts and bad, and sometimes its hard to see all the impacts a technology will have is even is having. Throughout history, people have been wary of technology and the changes it brings. For some people, change is always terrifying. But, without change, humanity would stagnate and wither.

Perhaps no change has been more profound in recent memory than the Internet. And, while some people fear the change, others have chosen to embrace it. I think you might know which side I’m on. :)

29 August, 2015

Developers aren’t Green Lantern
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:42 PM

Blaugust, day 29

So now I have my project. I’ve asked the fundamental questions and gotten my audience, platform(s), genres, and business model worked out. I understand the market and am making a game appropriate for the company I’m with. I’ve got my ideal team working on a prototype of the technology and gameplay, and I’m working hard on the setting that’s appropriate for the game. I’ve raised money to support the project, and I’m carefully budgeting the money I do have, while taking care of the people who gave me that money.

Now, it’s just some hard work and time to reap the financial rewards, right? Well, not quite.

28 August, 2015

Building a game: taking care of business
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:38 AM

Blaugust, day 28

Okay, I’ve asked the fundamental questions and put together the team to build a prototype and work out a setting. So, now it’s time to get down to business and pay attention to the business elements of making the game.

27 August, 2015

Building a game: forming the team
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:33 AM

Blaugust, day 27

Now that I’ve discussed the fundamentals of the game, it’s time to put serious thought toward the fundamentals of the people making the game. Time to form the team.

26 August, 2015

Building a game: prototype and setting
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:12 AM

Blaugust, Day 26

So, I’ve got most of our fundamentals almost out of the way, and now I’m ready to get my hands dirty with details. For today’s post I’ll focus on one development task, a prototype, and one design task, choosing a setting.

25 August, 2015

Building a game: your company and your market
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:04 AM

Blaugust, day 25

Yesterday, we looked at the fundamental questions to determine what kind of game you should build. Today, we’ll look at how those answers look in the context of the company you’re building the game with and how that impacts what market you might want to go after.


24 August, 2015

Building a game: the fundamentals
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:40 AM

Blaugust, day 24

For the game project today, I have a blank canvas. Time to ask some fundamental questions about what type of game I want to make. What are the fundamental decisions I want to make, and how will I make the best ones I can?

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