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I have, since '91, worked on titles for Origin, EA, Virgin, Activision, Sony, Bioware and others, primarily as a department manager, project manager or producer. I currently produce FPS multiplayer games for Tripwire Interactive.

I sometimes also teach game business, design and production classes. I am a student of game theory, especially behavioral game design theory, the brain, GST, complexity and trend prediction methods.


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Posted by Mitchell Nelson on Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:26:00 EDT in Design
A huge list of possible game mechanics can be reduced to only 3 classes of player activities. These classes have ancient roots and special connections to the brain's own reward system.

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Just 5 hours per day ...

Just 5 hours per day on-task actual, uninterrupted task work, ends crunch completely. It also leaves time for meetings, email and interaction. This is not tricky.

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The intent was guessing at ...

The intent was guessing at why Warren 's examples were numbered lists of questions rather than statements. He advises us to have a meta-message when we create, so I must assume this series of blog posts have a meta-message too and so, I guessed that his use of questions is ...

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Or describing the same underlying ...

Or describing the same underlying truths.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/16/2015 - 02:56]

True, on the larger games ...

True, on the larger games I 've worked on production had several flavors from associates and scrum masters, project managers, regular or line producers, senior and executive producers as well as live team producers. Whew.

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I am a maker of ...

I am a maker of MMO and traditional multiplayer games. The products made by our studio are known for dedicated, long-term players with many hours invested. I follow and cautiously apply behavioral game design methods that are intended to trigger neurochemical events. r n r nLearning by playing is a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/25/2013 - 05:35]

Dopamine is not the only ...

Dopamine is not the only agent at work here. Dopamine release is enhanced by anticipation and novelty. The opiod peptides provide much of the stronger rewards. Serotonin, GABA and certainly epinephrine levels can change in response to game play. Games can even trigger punative chemicals like substance P. r n ...