Taking Control of your Controls

I recently picked up a copy of Prince of Persia for the Game Boy color, which was a port of the 1989 DOS game. Being fond of the Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, I was curious to see what its predecessor had to offer. It was rough. While there are a lot of quirks to the…

Design Analysis: Darkest Dungeon

First Dark Souls, now Darkest Dungeon? I need to get outside more… Darkest Dungeon is an independent game by Red Hook Studios. It was successfully crowd-funded on kickstarter in February 2014 and released fully in January 2016. Since then, it has sold over a million copies and is slated to receive DLC in the near future.…

The Fellowship of the Table: RPG’s and Quests

When a child learns how to play, that child is taking the first steps to using its imagination. As we grow older, that imagination takes us to many different games and many different forms of play. From playing make-believe in the back yard, to playing on the tabletop and to consoles and computers, many of…

Design Analysis: Dark Souls 3  

Dark Souls 3 released in march of 2016 with critical acclaim. Since then, it received two paid expansions, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of the souls series has stated that he does not plan on returning to the series after Dark Souls 3 is finished. Although it’s sad to see the…

Build-A-Game Workshop

This blog has discussed games in great detail in the months so far. We’ve analyzed several games, provided many design tips, and shared a Ludum Dare project. One topic that is very important, and hasn’t been touched on yet, is what exactly makes “a game” a game. To understand this, we need to understand the…

Character Arcs, Stories, and Horizon Zero Dawn.

WARNING! Due to the nature of the topic that I am writing about, there will be spoilers for the following games; Horizon Zero Dawn, The Elder Scrolls; Oblivion (specifically “the Origin of the Gray Prince” sidequest), the Prince of Persia; Sands of Time, and the Witcher 3 A month has passed since the release of Horizon…

Design Analysis: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game (RPG) that was released at the very end of February 2017. Its developer is Guerilla Games and publisher is Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Beginning the game enters us into a lengthy cutscene with a bearded tribal-looking man explaining to a baby…