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Some Game Design Links

As a game designer (or wannabe), we have to read, think, write (mostly for definition and communication), draw (mostly sketches) and blink a lot. What do we really think about? Here are some questions and attempted answers by various authors. Also, it would be really great if you can leave a comment here to tell me who is reading. I want to know what other game designers are reading this blog.

What are games and what is fun?
a Theory of Fun for game design by Raph Koster (slides, book).

This is one of the favorite book of mine. I read the whole book in borders and to date bought three copies of the book. I find it extremely entertaining and fun and instantly won my heart and mind. It touched on the fundamentals of fun and games.

I knew was true but could not express in words (or pictures) like what Mr. Koster did. I knew it was destined to be a game industry (and education) classic. Some bloggers (Emily Short, Gameology) have written superb reviews about the book so I don’t have to write my own. As a company, we are truly inspired.

This is a compulsory reading for any intelligent, fun loving game developer.

Note: At his talk (design for everywhere) during the recent Austin Game Developers Conference, Raph mentioned a new book on game grammar, he tries to define what are the building blocks of a game from a reductionist point of view. Iris and I are really looking forward to that.

What are games and how do we make games for everyone?
Design for Everywhere, Raph Koster’s talk at AGDC 2007 (slides, mp3). Another brilliant lecture by Raph Koster! The MP3 is not free and I can’t distribute the file openly but we can listen to it together on Skype or Second Life.

Do games have to be difficult?
Game Design Essentials: 20 difficult games
by John Harris.

What are Open World games?
Game Design Essentials: 20 open world games by John Harris.

What do parents think about games?
The GamerDad blog.

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September 29, 2007 Posted by | Education, Game Design, Game Development | 5 Comments

Hiring: Web Designer

In Hatchlings Games, we have multiple web and web games development projects. All our projects has to make at least a 3000% return on our investment. One of the key components is that is to make our customers (gamers, hippies and their parents) over satisfied. In web and game project, that translate to the LOOK and FEEL of the site.

If you care about designing sites that:

  1. are usable and extremely intuitive by our users/players
  2. captures the imagination of the mass and fellow web & UI design peers
  3. follows standard XHTML/CSS.
  4. uses different technology and methods at suitable times.

And also you happen to:

  1. loves games!
  2. be confident and honest!
  3. have a sense of humor
  4. be up-to-date with the web and general design
  5. work very hard and smart!

It would even be better if you:

  1. can draw and paint with Photoshop
  2. or at least be able to do graphc design
  3. can show me some a portfolio of your work
  4. have someone you worked for that can recommend you
  5. maintains a blog that we can see

If you a person who cares about the above, please drop John @ johntan@quasr.com an e-mail.

We prefer you to be in Cyberjaya, Malaysia but theoretically we can work from anywhere – One developer dwells in his home at Vancouver and we are thinking of partnering with a web development service firm in Bangalore, India.

September 20, 2007 Posted by | Job | 1 Comment

Hiring: Web Developer

Hatchlings Games is hiring web developers who have previous experience with any of the following:

  1. Ruby on Rails or
  2. PHP or
  3. ASP.NET or
  4. Java

In Hatchlings, you will be working on:

  1. Quasr (solely for Ruby on Rails developers)
  2. Some other top-secret projects and (any web development language)
  3. External client projec (any web development language)

It will be a bonus if you have developed rich clients and games. Most of our projects (especially Quasr) involves a lot of complex ActionScript and JavaScript for interactivity across the HTTP protocol.
There are full-time, part-time, contract and internship (paid and unpaid) positions available. Since we are an unfunded startup, we can also work out royalty sharing sharing with each project.

We prefer to hire developers that are staying in Malaysia so we can meet occasionally. But this is by no means a requirement. In the team, we have developers from Vancouver, Canada and soon from Bangalore, India. We have an office in Cyberjaya where you can sometime meet up to do some parallel programming/designing.

If you really want to send your resume, the e-mail is johntan@quasr.com.

September 20, 2007 Posted by | Job | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hiring: Flash Game Programmer

If you are great at Flash and ActionScript (2.0 and optionally 3.0) and is looking for a job (full-time, part-time, contract, freelance or internship) to develop games for the web, please let us now! We have urgent openings for you.

In Hatchlings Games, you will be:

  1. working on the multiplayer user-created Quasr: Trading Card Game which runs on SmartFoxServer.
  2. working on new Web 2.0 tools for user-created content.
  3. working on external client projects (usually simple Flash games).
  4. working with other programmers, game designers, artists and entrepreneurs.
  5. with a group of passionate gamers and developers.
  6. advancing human evolution through games! (we really need to write a article about this!)

You can work from any country but we prefer you to be in Malaysia. Thats it, you CAN be anywhere in the world and work from your home. If you are in Malaysia, our office is located in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

If you are serious about sending your resume, please send them to johntan@quasr.com.

September 17, 2007 Posted by | Job | , , | 1 Comment

Beta Community Guidelines

Scott Hartman of EverQuest 2 wrote a Beta Community Guidelines is really damn good.  Recently, Zie Aun and I have been talking about MMO / virtual worlds operations. Hartman’s guidelines touch on many issues.

September 17, 2007 Posted by | Communities, Funding, Virtual Worlds | Leave a comment

World of WarCraft vs Habbo Hotel

Habbo Hotel vs WoWDuring this year’s Austin Game Developer’s Conference (the leading MMO developer conference) we saw (or read, like I have) mind battles between MMORPG developers and the web social web world developers. One of the aftermaths of is this in the form of Gamesutra Question of the Week: World of WarCraft vs. Habbo Hotel. The exact question is:

“Following the Austin Game Developers Conference last week, how important do you think online worlds such as Habbo and web-based social gaming in general is to the future of online games, compared to existing game biz successes like World Of Warcraft? What can WoW learn from Habbo, and vice versa?”

I can’t wait to know what people are saying on it.

September 17, 2007 Posted by | Game Design, Web, Web 2.0, Web Gaming 2.0 | Leave a comment