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Game Design Information from Amy Jo Kim

I found what looks like a good source for game information. It’s from Amy Jo Kim. See https://www.getrevue.co/profile/amyjokim.

There are many good talks by Amy Jo Kim on Youtube. A few of my favorites follow. There are quite a few references to gamification, but what I really have enjoyed is learning about building compelling experiences and community. Continue reading

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More on the Thirty Second Hook

With so many games out there, you have to hook players right away. Double Star has a setting that let’s you choose between short and long training. My hope was that the short training would get players into the real game faster. Any thoughts? Did it work for you?

More on the “thirty second hook” here … Continue reading

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Android Example of a Zoomable Game Board

In this article, I describe how I built a simple game board in Android. The sample app shows a grid of squares that represents a game board. The squares on the game board come from an array of image tiles. The grid can be zoomed in or out and moved. Touch events are triggered when squares are touched. Regular and long press are handled. With this sample as a starting point, it should be easy to build a game that uses a board of squares. Continue reading

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Demo of a Zoomable Game Board

For my next Android tutorial, I am working on a demo app for a game board. The app displays a grid of squares that represents a game board. The grid can be zoomed in or out and moved. Touch events are triggered when squares are touched. Regular and long press are handled….

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Revised – Lessons From Angry Birds

Back in February 2014, I wrote an article about how I did tutorials in a space war game app. The article was “Lessons From Angry Birds: My Thoughts on Android Game Tutorials”. The topics covered include game tutorials, engaging users, and gamification. The article has been revised a bit, primarily because the game changed names from “Starship” to “Double Star”.

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Thinking About Stories

I have been thinking about stories lately and what makes a great story. I hope that learning about good stories will help me as I work on my space war app.

Two good TED videos: (1) The Clues to a Great Story, by Andrew Stanton; (2) The Mystery Box, by J. J. Abrams.

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What Humans Crave

It’s interesting where you find serious discussion of big ideas. Awhile ago, I read the article “Game Developers Will Shape the Future of our World.” I really like this statement attributed to Jane McGonigal from the Institute of the Future:

“To be happy, humans crave: satisfying work to do, the experience of being good at something, time spent with people we like, a chance to be part of something bigger”

Following up on this reference, I learned that she is something of an expert on happiness and building engaging experiences. Below are links related to the keynote address and game design.
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