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Adventures In Game Design

A blog wherein I will occasionally analyze games. More often I will post my opinions about game design.

Dwarf Fortress is changing how the MOMA preserves art

So cool. So so so cool. 

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Today I put out a casting call for a hispanic trans actor and I got a few responses along the lines of “why do they have to be trans” and “stop diversifying just for the sake of it” so I thought I’d make a quick post to explain what’s going on (even though I really shouldn’t have to).

I’m working on a game with a startup studio founded by a friend. Yay! Just a goofy little 16bit shooter; nothing too revolutionary but it should be a lot of fun. I’m funding it myself and I really hope you enjoy it!

There’s a lot of supporting characters in the game though and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to include a diverse range of characters kinda just… Because why the fuck not? It’s my game, I’ll do whatever I want. Representation matters and frankly I’m just as bored of games featuring straight white male characters as the rest of us. I mean don’t get me wrong, the main character of the game is still a straight white male because… I’m the main character of the game. Shut up.

Anyway, as I said there’s a diverse range of characters that are totally awesome; I’m really attached to all of them and once I start rolling out character art I hope you will be too. To announce the release of the game I’m making a live-action trailer featuring the characters and I want to cast it as authentically and close to my vision as possible. So, when I write a hispanic trans character you bet your ass I want that role to be played by someone who fits the part. Could a cisgender person play the role? Yes. If I can’t find a trans actor who suits the role then that’s what’ll happen but I’ll cross that bridge if I get there.

Please don’t think that I’m exploiting or fetishising minority groups for the sake of Tumblr brownie points. I’m simply interested in making a fun game and representing more of the human race than just… Myself.

Also bears. One of the characters is a bear.

That’s all.

Yo, guys. Everyone’s favorite internet-video-making-funny-guy-who-also-is-super-chill Mr. Tomska is making a video game! Keep a look-out for it, I know I’m excited!

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booty game too strong

This is a great example of the change of art styles from one game to the next (as well as Peach just being a badass). One of my biggest complaints with Brawl is that the art was actually TOO detailed, especially for the resolution that the game played in. There was too much visually going on in that game to properly see what’s going on. Smash 4 seems to be pulling it back, making the art more styleized and easier to read on the screen.  

(Source: delaynez, via tangarang)


Donkey Kong Country print ad.


Donkey Kong Country print ad.

(via kingcheddarxvii)

the great pokemon region debate





hoenn is the best

i agree

i agree

i agree

i agree

(Source: braig, via ps2gator)

Hey, did ya’ll know that now if you want to look for games that have female protagonists that there’s a tag for that on Steam? There are 121 games that the community has marked with the Female Protagonist tag on Steam.


121. That’s it. Compared to the 3,000 or so other games on Steam. And yes, some of the games that are marked with female protag have character selections that allow you to choose either gender. I will let you draw your own conclusions.



Earlier this year Zora Ball was your average 1st grader until she decided to create and develop a mobile video game app, making her the youngest person to ever do so. At just 7-years old Zora managed to learn a programming language called “Bootstrap” that is normally used to teach kids ages 12 through 16 the different concepts of Algebra by using video games. Her teachers and family were astonished by her accomplishment. 

She was invited to an expo at the University of Penn where she was put on the spot and asked to reconfigure the app in front of everyone to prove that it was her that developed the mobile app in the first place and not her older brother who is a scholar student. Zora successfully did so and got rid of any doubt that anyone had. 
Zora Ball is now referred to a young prodigy with an extremely bright future in technology and computer science. Young Zora is an example of Black Excellence not having an age requirement.
Written By: @Champion_Us




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I am so so so excited for this game by Double Fine. It’s an adventure game, something you just don’t encounter these days anymore. Watch the trailer, get hyped!!

Pre-order on Steam!

This is that Double Fine Adventure that everyone’s been so butthurt / hyped over. It’s one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time, and was heavily criticized for needing more money after the Kickstarter ended. People don’t really understand how expensive games are to make, especially ones of this scale, but yaknow… 

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Hey all, I know I don’t update this blog as often as I’d like, but I want to point you all to a fantastic YouTuber named Nick AKA RockLeeSmile who does episodes every day for a series called “Indie Impressions” where he covers different indie games that he finds all over the internet. He has quickly become one of my very favorite personalities on YouTube. This episode in particular struck me as something very special and I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to go watch more of his videos. You can also search his videos by many different criteria on his website Indie-Impressions

A video from Boogie on Youtube’s upcoming policy changes.