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Pretentious Game Ideas

The monthly game design podcast that you haven't been waiting for! Join us as we discuss, explore, and get out of our depths in a new game design topic every episode.
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Jul 15, 2016

We delve into the ways that social dynamics can help or hinder your game and how you can use your mechanics to enable and incentivize good social experiences.

Jun 14, 2016

We're joined by Magic's own Gavin Verhey as we discuss analyzing your game's mechanics and building content to make the best use of your entire design space.

May 8, 2016

The gang discusses randomization in games, what makes it compelling, and how you can utilize it in ways that don't feel arbitrary to your players.

Apr 20, 2016

The gang is joined by special guest Katie Chironis to discuss player-driven narrative in games. Branching, opt-in, emergent, procedural... we've got 'em all! Plus, is the entire canon of video game narratives inherently misguided?

Mar 4, 2016

The gang digs into how to make a good tutorial, the problem with rulebooks, and how learning can be the most fun part of your game.

Feb 10, 2016

The gang discusses the ways in which designers can enable players to grow their abilities over the course of a game. Also, Ryan proposes a universe in which Wildstar dethrones World of Warcraft, and we all love Downwell.

Jan 9, 2016
This month the gang discusses drawback mechanics, where an otherwise large bonus is offset by a complementary negative effect. Also, it's eight years later, and we still haven't forgiven Smash Bros Brawl. 
Jan 8, 2016
It's the first episode we're willing to assign a positive number to! This time the gang dissects Quick Time Events, the cutscene-interrupting bane of players everywhere. But are there more to these simple button press challenges than meets the eye?
Jan 8, 2016
We're joined for our debut episode by Ryan Anderson and Rob Giusti as we discuss games that use real-time waiting mechanics to excite, entrance, and occasionally infuriate.

 

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