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Co-founder and game designer/producer at NYC indie game collective and label Studio Mercato. I've worked in commercial (console/MMO/F2P), social, educational and indie games. I write about game design, narrative and the NYC development scene at dashjump.com. Follow me on twitter at @benserviss.

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:06:00 EDT in Design
Navigating the game development process can be complicated. Luckily, you have a built-in tool to help guide the way: your emotions.


Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:07:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Indie
If recent history is any indication, the next phase of indie game development, marketing and sales will be strongly driven by collaboration.


Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:04:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The holy grail of replayable narrative can be alluring for game designers - but realizing it effectively may prove to be impossible.


Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:07:00 EST in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The game industry values people who can ship projects because it's a difficult thing to do. Like with physical exercise, the only way to improve is with practice.


What succeeds in today's game industry can boggle the mind. Have we reached a turning point where all the rules we thought we knew no longer apply?


Posted by Ben Serviss on Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:43:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver's writing is a remarkable study in well-crafted game writing that deserves to be remembered.



Ben Serviss's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/04/2014 - 03:40]

Pretty epic accomplishment Dave Looking ...

Pretty epic accomplishment Dave Looking forward to what you do next :

Comment In: [Blog - 03/04/2014 - 12:04]

Thanks for your thoughts Jake ...

Thanks for your thoughts Jake - I 'd love to see your point of view on this from working on Versu in an expanded post. I have a feeling many people would extract a lot of value from those five points alone.

Comment In: [News - 03/05/2014 - 06:18]

Foiled is so great. Real ...

Foiled is so great. Real happy to see this game get some publicity

Comment In: [News - 02/21/2014 - 04:36]

Don 't forget about Armikrog, ...

Don 't forget about Armikrog, too http://armikrog.com/

Comment In: [News - 02/10/2014 - 04:08]

I was going to make ...

I was going to make the same comment My one friend who says it is the only person I 've ever heard phrase it that way.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/04/2014 - 10:43]

One of my gaming regrets ...

One of my gaming regrets is not playing Blood Omen yet - I played the PC demo a few times, but it 's pretty short. I liked what I played though it 's stylistically similar to SR and seemed to assume the player was smart enough to figure out what ...