Paul Suddaby
I'm a computer science major at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I like video games, and I like helping others learn more about how to make them. I'm mostly interested in the design and writing sides of game development, so you'll find that those are the topics my posts most frequently cover.
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  • Game Development
    4 Game Design Lessons We Can Learn From Shovel KnightRummage
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    Shovel Knight, one of the most popular indie games of the summer, does a lot of things right in its design. In this article, we'll take a look at what it can teach us about style, borrowing from others, difficulty, and balance.Read More…
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    All About Karma: Decision Making and Morality in GamesInfamous2artwork2
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    A strong narrative, influenced by player choice, is becoming a widespread feature in the medium of video games. In this article, we'll look at some of the systems developers have used to allow player agency to affect their narratives, from various morality systems to more simple solutions.Read More…
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    Making Indie Games on the Xbox OneXbox one icon big
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    Last Friday saw the official launch of next-gen console gaming (sorry Wii U), with the launch of the PS4. This week, however, it's all about the Xbox One, Microsoft's new system launching today in 13 regions all over the world. Just like we did last week with our PS4 article, we'll be talking about Xbox One and the way it relates to game developers.Read More…
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    Making Indie Games on the PS4Ps4 400x400
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    Since you're on this website, I'm going to go ahead and assume you've heard about the PS4, Sony's newest console that's just been released in North America (and coming soon to the rest of the world). It's fast, it's sleek, and for those who enjoy console gaming it's just about the most exciting thing ever. There's no doubt that Sony's new machine is going to be a great product for gamers, but how will it fare as a development platform? More specifically, what does it offer you as an indie developer?Read More…
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    16 Tips, Tools and Resources for Your Next Game JamGamejam 400x400
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    Game jams have exploded in popularity. What used to be mostly small locally hosted events are now massive worldwide gatherings of game developers. There's a good reason for this: game jams are a great way for developers to experiment with new ideas and to flex their creative and technical muscles. To make the most out of your game jamming experience, I've compiled a list of tips, tools and resources that should help things go smoothly.Read More…
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    Why Some Games Have Positive Online Communities and Others Don'tWhy some games have positive online communities hires
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    Over the last few years, we've seen the video game industry rapidly embrace the Internet and everything it can provide for gaming. Almost every game released these days incorporates some kind of player connectivity, ranging from online multiplayer to the ability to update Twitter in-game. As a by-product of this, active communities of players are being formed around their favorite online games. Sometimes these communities are friendly: just players coming together to enjoy a video game. Other times... well, they aren't so friendly. In this article, we'll take a look at how a game's design can foster a certain type of community, and ways that developers try to affect the way the community evolves.Read More…
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    5 Important Ways to Add Polish to Your GameHow to add polish to your game hires
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    You've poured hours of your life into your game, and it's become everything you thought it could be. Well, I'm here to let you know that's not true - there's always more polish you can add to an experience. Let's look at five ways to do that now...Read More…
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    Unknown Mode: Difficulty in Open-Ended Game DesignSir mudcrab
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    Every gamer and games journalist will invariably end up talking about difficulty when discussing a video game. This typically takes the form of a small comment like simply saying it's "too easy" or "too hard", but it's a topic that deserves to be looked at in much more depth, as the way it is handled can completely reshape a player's experience with a game. In this article, I'll look at how player choice and freedom can affect a game's difficulty level.Read More…
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    Easy Mode: When Easy is OkayJourney
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    Every gamer and games journalist will invariably end up talking about difficulty when discussing a video game. This often takes the form of a comment saying it's "too easy" or "too hard", but it's a topic that deserves to be looked at in much more depth, as the way it is handled can completely reshape a player's experience with a game. In this article, I'll look at the many ways low difficulty can affect a game experience.Read More…
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    Hard Mode: Good Difficulty Versus Bad DifficultyDark souls prepare to die edition
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    Every gamer and games journalist will invariably end up talking about difficulty when discussing a video game. This often takes the form of a comment saying it's "too easy" or "too hard", but it's a topic that deserves to be looked at in much more depth, as the way it is handled can completely reshape a player's experience with a game. In this article, I'll look at extremely high difficulty in video games, what works, what doesn't, and what we can learn from it.Read More…
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    How Heavy Rain's Narrative Is Strengthened by Its GameplayHeavy rain logo
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    Heavy Rain received immense critical praise for being an experience that elevated video game storytelling to a new level. In this article, we'll look at why that is and what we can learn from it. Warning: Massive story spoilers for Heavy Rain follow.Read More…
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    Tips for a One Man Gamedev Team: Should You Make Your Own Development Tools?Should you make your own gamedev tools
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    From level editors to physics engines to entire video game creation interfaces, there are a multitude of tools that exist to help both experienced and budding game developers get things done easily and efficiently. But as a one man team, should you be looking into these time savers for your first project, or should you go solo?Read More…