For this week’s Dissecting Design, we’re returning to Half Life 2 and how Valve created a unique FPS that still stands the test of time. Valve’s design focused on multiple aspects, not just shooting, to define the Half Life 2 experience.

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Mark of the Ninja

Stealth design has evolved over the years with varying characters and situations. Recently playing through the game 2Dark, I found its stealth design to be lacking. Creating a good stealth game relies on four key areas of thought and what they mean about playing the game.

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For this episode of Dissecting Design, we’re looking at Super Meat Boy. Team Meat’s first major release, the game was an excellent example of doing a lot with a basic set of mechanics. I talked about how the developers used great level design to test the player on all the mechanics of the game.

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We’ve talked about the use of RNG or randomization in game design before. When it works, it can give a game a lot of replayability. However, too much RNG and the player has no control over playing the actual game. For today’s post, I want to talk about how developers have found ways large and small to give the player a chance when the RNG Gods are not smiling on them.

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