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Ozzie Smith's Blog


Hi, I'm an indie game developer and I like to talk about game design and mechanics.


Member Blogs

Posted by Ozzie Smith on Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:24:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Vanquish is a 3rd person shooter that combines a handful of simple, unique mechanics that form extremely satisfying, dynamic combat.

Posted by Ozzie Smith on Thu, 04 Jul 2013 04:34:00 EDT in Design
Dissecting the different stages that players go through while mastering a falling-block puzzle game.

Posted by Ozzie Smith on Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:53:00 EDT in Design
A blog outlining 7 different ways to give a shooter interesting weapons. Ranging from the nature of weapon selection systems to adding interesting and meaningful depth to weapons.

Posted by Ozzie Smith on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:02:00 EST in Design
Examining the difference between player and character skill in videogames and determining how skill progression systems can complement the gameplay of a game.

Ozzie Smith's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/14/2014 - 12:36]

Thanks for the response Alan, ...

Thanks for the response Alan, it 's good to hear first-hand how the tax credit affects game devs in GA. I 'm not not really sold on the long-term benefits of business tax credits to the national economy, but that 's another discussion altogether.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/12/2014 - 12:52]

In regards to the battle ...

In regards to the battle of wits vs battle of clicks comment, I 've always felt that RTS games should inherently reward the faster player, that 's why they take place in real-time. And in good RTS games it 's a large part of what smudges the rock/paper/scissors mechanic: if ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/07/2014 - 02:12]

I never played PvZ 2 ...

I never played PvZ 2 but didn 't it require copious amounts of grinding in order to progress to different levels unless the player paid money IE forced to replay the same level several times to get stars out of it or something r n r nPersonally I don 't ...

Comment In: [News - 01/27/2014 - 09:36]

I really liked the 1st ...

I really liked the 1st Gears of War. It was great and hugely influential and presumably inspired a lot of my favorite games of the last generation. But with each new installment I grew less and less interested, to the point where I didn 't even play judgement. I didn ...

Comment In: [News - 01/16/2014 - 05:07]

I remember a time when ...

I remember a time when adventure game meant point-and-click games for PC. It seems so arbitrary to split up games between action and adventure when the games in each category are so similar. This isn 't just DICE though, I haven 't really seen any game of the year awards ...

Comment In: [News - 12/11/2013 - 03:50]

I was about to say ...

I was about to say the same thing. They took the doomed project of Metal Gear Rising and turned it into one of the best character-action games of the generation. 6 months later they released the very unique Wonderful 101 which is one of the best games to play on ...