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  • Game-Making Challenge: Crafting the Perfect Open World

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    On this month’s game-making challenge, we’re shaking things up a bit! First of all, it’s my official debut as a Game-Making Challenge co-writer and idea haver. And second of all, this month is going to be a bit more focused on art and... More
  • Games Making Challenge: The Stocking Stuffer Game I Still Want

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    I’m not going to lie; this challenge was a bit difficult for me. I’m such a conceptual thinker when it comes to video games. Actually thinking about a budget and priorities and logistics was, well, challenging. But, in the end I think I created... More
  • I Don’t Think Breath of the Wild Is My Game of the Year

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    There’s something blasphemous about that sentence: Breath of the Wild isn’t my Game of the Year. How could a game that I’ve spent 2 weeks playing not be my number 1? How could one of the boldest games in my favorite franchise of all... More
  • Oh, Hey Writer’s Block

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    It’s strange the way that writing block hits you. You’ll be in the car or in the shower or watching Black Mirror with your roommate and you’ll suddenly have the perfect idea, the perfect line, the perfect story. But then, you sit down... More
  • Game-Making Challenge: The Perfect Quest

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    When I found out the challenge for this month, I knew I wanted to explore what genres could be combined with resource-management games. I’ve been obsessed with the genre lately - particularly Stardew Valley and my new-found love for Animal Crossing... More
  • The Beauty of an Empty World

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    As much as I’m a fan of minimalistic design, I’ve always wanted my games to feel full. I love walking around a world full of detail and hidden secrets. I may be a sucker for a beautiful background, but I can only look at a spacious sky for... More
  • Press Start

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    Sometimes I think my favorite part of a game is the beginning. There’s nothing like walking into a brand-new world for the first time. You look around, take it all in – and if you’re lucky – find someone to welcome you into your... More
  • Game-Making Challenge: Mazes all the Way Down

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    Do you know what’s scary?

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    Do you know what’s scary? Mazes. Do you know how many mazes in games I can think of? Not many. Is this post about making mazes into a stand-alone horror game? You bet. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t play very many horror games... More
  • Support Your Local Farmer

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    This is my first time making it to winter. It’s my first time building a barn and naming my cow. It’s the first time I cleared out my farm. This is the first time I made a home in Stardew Valley. Stardew Valley is a game that I love to start... More
  • Skate 3… Who Knew?

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    There’s a big difference between showing up fashionably late and completely missing the party. When it comes to Skate 3, I not only missed the party, but I forgot that it was at my house. In other words: I played Skate 3 for the first time yesterday... More
  • Game-Making Challenge: No Man’s Skyward Sword

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    When StarterPack told me about the game-making challenge, I knew right away what two games I wanted to combine. A few months ago, I had a dream where I was talking to a friend about games and I said No Man’s Skyward Sword. Ever since then, I’ve... More
  • 31/31 Day 31: What Comes Next

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    I did it! I’ve completed my first 31/31 and I’m not ashamed to admit how proud of myself I am. I wanted to challenge myself and rediscover what I’m passionate about and I did. So, what now? What happens next? August has been quite the... More
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