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Bobby Lockhart's Blog   Expert Blogs


Creative Director of Important Little Games, an indie educational games studio based out of Chicago.  Currently building 'Codemancer,' a fantasy adventure game where Magic is Programming.

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Expert Blogs

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:22:00 EST in Design
Bobby Lockhart does a little reflection on the definition of design and the place of games in the wider practice of capital-D Design.

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:06:00 EST in Design
There has been a little innovation in systems of conversation, but there's also been frustration in their stagnation. So here are a few notions just to get the field in motion.

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:50:00 EST in Design
First off, I acknowledge that this is the wrong question to ask. The better question is: "How can I determine how many mechanics my game should have?" This essay gives my own opinion on that question.

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:18:00 EDT in Design
What emotions are difficult to give the player? What causes players to feel the way they do? How can we, as a community of artists, reach for deeper and more complex emotions?

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Tue, 31 May 2016 12:25:00 EDT in Programming, Serious
The idea of using simple games and apps to teach programming has come under fire. I come to its defense.

Posted by Bobby Lockhart on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:18:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Let's look through a large dataset of game titles and see what we can find...

Bobby Lockhart's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/30/2018 - 06:18]

Thanks so much for pulling ...

Thanks so much for pulling all of this together

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Why are book adaptations so ...

Why are book adaptations so much more successful r n r nI wonder if it 's because books are linear, like films, or r n r nperhaps because books have more detail and story than the screeenwriter needs, so it becomes a matter of editing, rather than of ideation. Whereas ...

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VR is a display device, ...

VR is a display device, so it is certainly true that, just like screens or speakers, one can make good experiences without interactivity or storytelling. r n r nKoyaanisqatsi is a really great movie. It 's a more engaging experience than most games. On the other hand, I wouldn 't ...

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I gave students extra credit ...

I gave students extra credit in my Level Design course if they posted their work on their website. r n r nThe trouble I 've found with incentivizing a lot of these good practices with students is that many people 's fondest ambition is to disappear into the middle of ...

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Thanks ...


Comment In: [News - 10/19/2016 - 04:02]

I learned that many players ...

I learned that many players would rather stab an old man in the hand and shoot him dead in a restaurant than do a treasure-hunting side-quest.