Caleb Compton's Blog
I am a Master's student in Computer Science and graduate teaching assistant by day, tabletop and video game designer by night. I write a weekly blog on all sorts of different gaming topics, including design, history, strategy and theories.
I sit down with the Head Designer of Vicious Circle, the newest game from Rooster Teeth. We discuss how the game came to be, and some of the lessons learned along the way!
Nobody likes feeling powerless, especially in video games. If your game makes players feel this way they will often simply put it down and play something else instead. This article looks at some common causes, and potential solutions, to this problem.
While the news loves to talk about the negative side of gaming, like gaming addiction or loot-box gambling, the positive side is rarely brought up. Games can benefit players in many ways, from improving memory to meeting new friends
We've all seen bad educational games, which often come across as a poorly connected series of boring minigames. However, educational games don't have to be boring. In fact, many of the best examples can teach players without them even realizing it!
Have you ever played a game that punished you for doing well, or went easy on you when you struggled? That's an example of Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment gone wrong. These systems are everywhere in games, and when done well you'll never know they are there
Sometimes, in order to create the experience they want for players developers have to get a little...sneaky. This article looks at some of the hidden mechanics that developers have placed into games throughout the years.
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I think there is a fine line between making a situation seem incredibly difficult, and making it seem impossible. That line can certainly shift from person to person - a situation that seems reasonable to one person might seem impossibly difficult to another. One thing that I appreciate about the ...
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