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I am an indie game designer working out of San Diego.

I've previously worked at Tiltfactor, Bethesda Softworks, SCEA Santa Monica, and MetroStar Systems. My games include the minimalistic RTS Auralux and the abstract sports game Bombball

More at my website and Twitter.


Expert Blogs

Posted by E McNeill on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:27:00 EST in Design, Programming, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Some tips on developing for the Gear VR, the mobile VR headset from Samsung and Oculus.

Posted by E McNeill on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:51:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Indie, VR
Dont go into VR with the intention of making a genre game. Instead, think about what would work best in this new medium.

Posted by E McNeill on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 03:43:00 EST in Design, Indie
How and why I fit narrative into a mechanics-oriented game.

Posted by E McNeill on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:00 EDT in Programming, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
60fps, 1440p, stereoscopic 3D, on a cell phone. Good luck!

Posted by E McNeill on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:32:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Why I'm giving my whole game away for free (temporarily).

Posted by E McNeill on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:46:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
A reflection on competing values of game design.

E McNeill's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/20/2015 - 04:04]

I think your jigsaw puzzle ...

I think your jigsaw puzzle analogy is a good one. But I think you 're mistaking the formalist point of view. Let 's imagine that jigsaw puzzles were the only game in town. A formalist would be interested in the way that the picture affects the puzzle-assembly mechanic, would examine ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/19/2014 - 01:27]

My understanding is that it ...

My understanding is that it takes about 1-2ms of GPU time.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/21/2014 - 02:00]

Good suggestion I just made ...

Good suggestion I just made that change, and my draw call count remains low. I don 't know why I had it in my head that the non-uniform scales all had to be unique...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/22/2014 - 01:44]

I mean, what else do ...

I mean, what else do you do except be as general and for everyone as possible r n r nThat 's pretty much the end goal. Right now, my worry is that women are subtly being pushed away due to the existing gender ratio, the tone of conversations in the ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/16/2014 - 02:48]

You 'd be surprised at ...

You 'd be surprised at the level of performance that this thing can muster. But more importantly, if you 're buying a compatible model of smartphone anyway, then the price of Gear VR is much much lower than the price of a decent desktop rig. As I said in the ...

Comment In: [News - 09/05/2014 - 11:48]

I really appreciate that Kris ...

I really appreciate that Kris is trying to help explain the context of Leigh 's article to those who might misunderstand it. As someone who knows and appreciates her writing, her article sounded hurt or frustrated to me, but ultimately coming from a place of love and passion for games. ...