Over the years I’ve had the luck to speak to developers across the spectrum in terms of success. From those who just released their very first commercial game, to experts with decades of experience working in the industry. Their success in the industry is just as varied, and I had to talk to people about how the last two to three years of their life produced a game that no one wanted to play.
Everyone wants to talk about the big successes, underdog wins, and game changers, but rarely do we hear about the failures. For today’s post, it’s time for another sobering talk about the quickest way new developers fail in the Game Industry.
The term “Metroidvania” has become a part of the video game vernacular over the years. Long since evolved from the days of Castlevania Symphony of the Night, it has become a catch-all for many action-adventure-based games. For today, we’re going to drill down and talk about the three essential elements that make up a Metroidvania game.
With more AAA games being released with loot boxes in them, the discussion has been shifting towards legislation around their use and implementation. The ESRB came forth stating that they don’t feel that loot boxes are a form of a gambling. I personally disagree with that, and to discuss it, we need to look at the foundation of their design.
It seems like every time a challenging game is released the argument over difficulty starts again. This time it was Cuphead, and developers arguing regarding whether high difficulty is a feature or limiting. Extreme difficulty by itself is never good, but difficulty does have an important purpose.