Video Games’ Blackness Problem

“Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I’d like to keep talking about it. When they appear at all, black video game characters are often reduced to outdated, embarrassing stereotypes.” – Evan Narcisse, Kotaku

Integrating Climate Change Mechanics Into a Common Pool Resource Game

“The topic of climate change offers unique challenges to simulation game designers largely because standard game mechanics fail to capture the complexity of this real-world problem. Climate change dynamics are characterized by the second-order delayed effects of carbon emissions on global temperatures and by political actors, who often have unique individual goals and asymmetrical abilities.”

10 Ways to Make Your Game More Diverse

Curator: Steve Wilcox Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.

“The Door Problem”

“So what does a game designer do? Are you an artist? Do you design characters and write the story? Or no, wait, you’re a programmer?’ Game design is one of those nebulous terms to people outside the game industry that’s about as clear as the “astrophysicist” job title is to me. It’s also my job, so I find myself explaining what game design means to a lot of people from different backgrounds, some of whom don’t know anything about games.” – Liz England, “The Door Problem.”

Flow

“Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of ‘optimal experience’ have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.” – Publisher

Game Design Workshop

“Author Tracy Fullerton demystifies the creative process with a clear and accessible analysis of the formal and dramatic systems of game design. Examples of popular games, illustrations of design techniques, and refined exercises strengthen your understanding of how game systems function and give you the skills and tools necessary to create a compelling and engaging game…”

Game A Week

“That’s when I realised that design experience isn’t in the size of your games, or even in the scope of it – it’s in the number of projects you’ve been through. That sounds like a ridiculous claim to some, but let’s run through the mental stages of developing a game the way I see them: conceptualisation, identification, development, polish and release. Everybody has a different expression of these stages, but everybody goes through them for each released project.” – Rami Ismail

Game & Type

“Featuring critical analysis, interviews, and a large archive of UI examples, Game&Type is a handy resource for game developers, designers, and enthusiasts. We’re here to celebrate good design and provide constructive criticism to improve the quality of UI/UX design in video games. And we’ll always be ad-free.” – Game & Type

Meeple Like Us

“We’re a group of gaming academics, developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts. We have a keen interest in board games, tabletop games, video games, and all things in-between. It is our intention on this site to offer reviews and teardowns of tabletop gaming titles. We’ll be looking at these with an emphasis on the wider context of the games, especially that of how accessible the games are in a physical, cognitive or sociological sense.” – Meeple Like Us