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Josh Bycer's Blog   Expert Blogs


For more than seven years, I have been researching and contributing to the field of game design. These contributions range from QA for professional game productions to writing articles for sites like Gamasutra and Quarter To Three. 

With my site Game-Wisdom our goal is to create a centralized source of critical thinking about the game industry for everyone from enthusiasts, game makers and casual fans; to examine the art and science of games. I also do video plays and analysis on my Youtube channel. I have interviewed over 500 members of the game industry around the world, and I'm a two-time author on game design with "20 Essential Games to Study" and "Game Design Deep Dive Platformers."


Expert Blogs

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:38:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
Valve's Team Fortress 2 is one of the most celebrated online games, and for this post, I wanted to talk about how the changes Valve made would go on to influence a lot of online and live service games.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 18 Nov 2021 11:10:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Dead by Daylight is the biggest multiplayer horror game on the market today, but does this game hold up design and monetization-wise in today's market?

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 22 Oct 2021 05:01:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Decision making in videogames is obviously an important aspect of player engagement, but for today's post, I want to talk about how the game Lobotomy Corporation was designed around making the player choose between all the bad options.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Thu, 07 Oct 2021 11:49:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, VR
Learning any videogame is all about an effective onboarding process and providing the player with the right amount of feedback and information. For today, we're going to talk about how much is the correct amount of info to give to the player.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Tue, 05 Oct 2021 06:50:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The "boomer shooter" market has been taking off among indie studios, and the recent Quake Enhanced gave me a chance to take a look back at one of the best.

Posted by Josh Bycer on Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:16:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Serious
In this lengthy interview with Ramin Shokrizade, we spoke about his time at and the mounting controversies facing the studio today over its monetization practices

Josh Bycer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/07/2021 - 10:45]

I tried Workers when it ...

I tried Workers when it first went on early access and found the onboarding lacking, have things improved along those lines since then

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2021 - 10:19]

There is a section in ...

There is a section in my upcoming book specifically talking about horror in non-horror properties and I include one of two horror in non horror surprises from the 80 's that scarred a lot of people when they first saw it :

Comment In: [Blog - 06/09/2021 - 10:14]

glad I could help, I ...

glad I could help, I want to explore this idea of scientifically looking at game design more in the future.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/14/2021 - 10:53]

if that 's the worse ...

if that 's the worse sentence you have ever read in a blog, then you need to read more blogs And this is not a point of argument anymore, the same with the argument over paid cosmetics in f2p design.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/29/2021 - 11:55]

We had a talk about ...

We had a talk about this further on my live gamedev streams, and I think the best analogy would be something like a public library, with funding coming from the government, or a third party, with the role of cataloging, maintaining and providing these games as a free service for ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/26/2021 - 09:10]

Thanks for enjoying the piece, ...

Thanks for enjoying the piece, maybe someday I 'll try and finish Death Stranding.