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Sande Chen's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

Sande Chen is a writer and game designer whose game credits span 10 years in the industry. Her writing credits include 1999 Independent Games Festival winner Terminus and the 2007 PC RPG of the Year, The Witcher, for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in Videogame Writing. She is the co-author of Serious Games: Games That Educate, Train, and Inform and a contributor to Writing for Video Game Genres, Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing, and Secrets of the Game Business. In 2006, she was profiled as one of the game industry's top 100 most influential women for her work as Director of Girls in Games, Inc. She has spoken about games at conferences around the globe, including the Game Developers Conference, Austin Game Developers Conference, and the Serious Games Summit D.C. She also has a Grammy nomination.  She can be found on Twitter: @sandechen

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Sande Chen on Fri, 21 Aug 2015 01:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Art
In this article, game designer Sande Chen distinguishes between offensive characters and offensive material, and explains why it's important to keep track of authorial tone.


Posted by Sande Chen on Fri, 14 Aug 2015 01:58:00 EDT in Design, Production
In this article, game designer Sande Chen describes certain game deficiencies that lead to player frustration and how better storytelling may provide the solution for one of the problems.


Posted by Sande Chen on Fri, 07 Aug 2015 06:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production
In this article, game designer Sande Chen reaches out to educational game developers to help her understand the issues hindering further adoption of game-based learning. Please take my survey!


Posted by Sande Chen on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:44:00 EDT in Design
In this article, game designer Sande Chen explains why zombies are a force of nature.


Posted by Sande Chen on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:22:00 EDT in Design, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
In this article, game designer Sande Chen reflects on the nature of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how it relates to games.


Posted by Sande Chen on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:15:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Production, Art
Upcoming event in NYC on what makes horror games so compelling in the interactive realm.



Sande Chen's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 08/21/2015 - 01:47]

If you 've read the ...

If you 've read the book series of A Song of Ice and Fire the basis for Game of Thrones , then I think you 'd recognize that there are powerful, strong-willed female characters in that universe, which although inspired by Europe 's medieval period, is still a fantasy universe.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/14/2015 - 01:58]

I 'm not sure how ...

I 'm not sure how you got the idea that stacking the dice in an emergent narrative is equivalent to a directed, controlled narrative experience. r n r nIf you go to Wal-Mart, you could have an emergent experience. It could be boring or it might be exciting. If it ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/10/2015 - 02:22]

The rewards types were fairly ...

The rewards types were fairly typical in that the quest would reward you with in-game currency of either type or power-ups that would benefit your progress in the game whether in the form of gear or items or energy . r n r nI don 't think that developers are ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/26/2015 - 02:35]

Reid Kimball wrote under the ...

Reid Kimball wrote under the topic of 2-3 Hour Games on the blog. His thought process was about shorter, tighter focused gaming experiences.

Comment In: [News - 05/18/2015 - 04:07]

Yes. MineCraft would be the ...

Yes. MineCraft would be the blockbuster. And how about Portal

Comment In: [Blog - 01/26/2015 - 03:41]

Yes, I have. Those are ...

Yes, I have. Those are probably the closest to video games that I 've heard about. In my book, Serious Games: Games That Educate, Train, and Inform, David Michael and I also touch upon the topic of rehabilitation games in Japan.