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My name is Eric, and I work for inXile Entertainment doing production, game design, support, QA, and community management.  I'm a life-long gamer with a huge interest in RPGs, shooters, and more. Most recently I've been working on Wasteland 2 Director's Cut, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard's Tale IV.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:00:00 EDT in
Deadlight is a throwback to 25-year-old platformers. In this article I examine why it doesn't quite stack up to the genre's classics.

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:00:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
BioShock Infinite has produced volumes of discussion, but how does it actually stand up as a real story?

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:00:00 EDT in
Although BioShock Infinite is a visual masterwork, mechanically speaking it represents a major step back from previous games. In this piece I discuss how the game's biggest component - combat - has been made far less entertaining than past games.

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:00:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A long-winded, pointlessly analytic rant about the "plot" and "writing" of a game I hate. Enjoy!

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:00:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Hitman: Absolution is a departure from past games in the series, but the changes to its scoring system had the biggest impact on how I played, and how much I enjoyed it.

Posted by Eric Schwarz on Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:17:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Production
My thoughts on the brand-new PlayStation 4 announcement.

Eric Schwarz's Comments

Comment In: [News - 11/18/2015 - 04:05]

Larian did a great job ...

Larian did a great job on their console port. Kudos to them, hope it does well

Comment In: [Blog - 11/10/2015 - 02:42]

I think the lesson is ...

I think the lesson is more that as designers we tend to get overly defensive about our work and tend to assume the problem must be with the audience and not the game/design itself. r n r nWhile I think it 's useful to get feedback from the right places ...

Comment In: [News - 11/06/2015 - 05:20]

Great little retrospective, and I ...

Great little retrospective, and I had not heard some of those development stories before. Good stuff.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/09/2015 - 12:57]

Even games you release are ...

Even games you release are never done. Just shipped.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/28/2015 - 01:25]

I think the idea of ...

I think the idea of behavior analysis in games is pretty interesting. When working with systems it 's relatively easy to design things which are static, trees and data sets the player will go through in a more or less sequential order. Adapting the system 's balance or rules in ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/25/2015 - 12:31]

I understand your point, but ...

I understand your point, but key resellers very often do not obtain keys legally. This article deals mostly with the practice of buying up huge quantities of keys that go on sale before selling them again at a higher price. However, there 's plenty of other ways game keys can ...