CYOA Novel as a game?

I chose the novel Journey Under The Sea, which is about a sea adventurer attempting to find the lost city of Atlantis, and the trials, tribulations, and struggles encountered thus. I chose the book simply because I will always choose anything that has something to do with the ocean, given a choice. It is the most…

Games as Gifts

My entire adolescence, I have grown up around game design. My school focused on it, and my friends were interested in it as well. From the 6th grade forward, I would make games as par for course with papers, presentations, and et cetera. As time went on, I stopped making games pure playing pleasure, and…

Thunderbird Strike // Messages of games

LaPensée says that her game, Thunderbird Strike “doesn’t judge” the player through its gameplay. In the game, players can control a fantasy bird of thunder to either destroy things that remind of the tyranny of humans over the environment, or create through restoration of animal populations. Whether players choose to destroy, save, or a mixture of both,…

Body Games

Games have space. This is one of the core components of game design, and something that every designer must consider. What is the space of your game? What are the rules? What are the challenges? How do they interact to form a system that is compelling? Space is one of the more ambiguous categories, as…

Quest to Learn

My middle and high school experience, by all accounts, was unusual. In New York City,  students apply for middle school in 5th grade, much the way that senior students in high school apply for college, and with similar amounts of stress. For me, this process was, by and large, uninteresting. I applied to the middle…