No More Translation

Original image by boni_face I intend to present a philosophy on game design. Not in this article, but over time, over a body of work. I could dissect others’ writing on the subject, I could counter-argue and rebut, but for me that’s so much noise before reaching the signal. Whether from critics, developers, or players, …

In Games, Genre Does Not Yet Exist

What are games? What is their identifying trait? What makes them unique from other media? Many people have debated these topics. They’ve talked about win/lose states, interesting choices, systems mastery, communication through interaction with an interface, and many other perspectives. There are game formalists, who say a lot of games “aren’t really games”, and there …

A Faux-Truce with Shapeshifters

I started making a game about the surveillance state and then an angry mob made me sympathize with the state. I don’t actually sympathize with the state, of course, any more than prey sympathizes with a predator that takes out another predator. But I still appreciate the accidentally-useful role that predator can play in maintaining …