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Institute of Play Shutting Down After 11 Years of Operation

The Institute of Play, a forerunner for school design services and educator programs that cater to game design, is shutting its doors. According to an announcement made by board and…

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Bachelor’s Degree Center Shares Best Game Design Courses in 2019

The Bachelor’s Degree Center (BDC) has released rankings of the best Game Design degrees in the US for 2019, ranking Bachelor’s programs from different universities based upon a variety of…

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David Jaffe Plans Single-Player Horror Game As Next Project

On April 28 David Jaffe, creator of God of War and Twisted Metal, took to Twitter to talk about the new project he is currently working on: a single-player horror…

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Game On Tabletop Gen Con Game Design Contest

Do you have what it takes to design your own tabletop game? What about if you were only given one weekend to accomplish this feat? Gamers from across the country…

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Dark Souls III and Bloodborne: A Comparison in Game Design

From Software has developed a solid formula for making games. Starting with Demon’s Souls, they’ve nearly perfected this Western Style of RPG with their recent game Dark Souls III. But what…

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University of Southern California to Begin Game Publishing

One of the premier schools for game design, the University of Southern California, is going into the publishing business.  The University will be launching a new label, USC Games Publishing, to…

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Most Anticipated Game of Fall 2015 – Super Mario Maker

By now you’ve likely heard of Nintendo’s upcoming stage builder game set in the Mario universe. For those of you who don’t manage to get Wi-Fi through that rock you…

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Playing Roles: The Philosophy of Design

One of the strangest parts of tabletop culture is the preference to game design, the mechanics that more or less make up the bulk of the game experience. For role-playing…

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An Interview With Azura Sun About Accessible Video Game Design

Sol is an open source video game for Windows and Linux developed by Azura Sun. According to the website, it will be released without DRM, allowing for custom modding and…

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Game Design: Central Mechanics: Crypt of the NecroDancer

For one of the videos this week (depending on how much I can get done besides the stuff on my channel), I wanted to focus on game design a little…