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Musings on the Oculus sale

Musings on the Oculus sale

four-square-1Rendering was never the point.

Oh, it’s hard. But it’s rapidly becoming commodity hardware. That was in fact the basic premise of the Oculus Rift: that the mass market commodity solution for a very old dream was finally approaching a price point where it made sense. The patents were expiring; the panels were cheap and getting better by the month. The rest was plumbing. Hard plumbing, the sort…

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Me at GDC 2014

Me at GDC 2014

gdc_2014As usual, I will be in San Francisco this year! It’s a relatively quiet year for me though.

I’m giving a talk at Critical Proximity, which is a brand-new conference held on Sunday, the day before GDC kicks off. It’s a conference all about games criticism. My talk is called “A New Formalism,” and it’s about ways to apply various sorts of picky craft approaches to games in ways that hopefully…

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Mailbag: breaking in (again)

Mailbag: breaking in (again)

Hello Mr. Koster, my name is J___ A_____ and I am a recent college graduate with a computer science degree. I came across your name on the Wikipedia article about MUDs, and noticed the link to your website and in turn this contact form. I realize this is a complete shot in the dark but I’ve gotten so many friendly “no thank you” letters recently I figure the worst that happens is you never reply.

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Balancing novices and expertsOnce again, another question that came in via Quora. The issue at hand is, what do you do to…View Post

Balancing novices and experts

Once again, another question that came in via Quora. The issue at hand is, what do you do to…

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Video: Playing with ‘game’ posted at GamasutraMy GDCNext talk “Playing with ‘Game’” has been posted up here as video with slides:
Gamasutra –…View Post

Video: Playing with ‘game’ posted at Gamasutra

My GDCNext talk “Playing with ‘Game’” has been posted up here as video with slides:

Gamasutra –…

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Mailbag: what is a bad design decision?
dear Mr.Koster,
I’m a design student studying at __________, of ____. I’ve read a lot of your blog…
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Mailbag: what is a bad design decision?

dear Mr.Koster,

I’m a design student studying at __________, of ____. I’ve read a lot of your blog…

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A vision exercise…the real work is the film, and the tasks that go into the completed film are all parts of the…View Post

A vision exercise

…the real work is the film, and the tasks that go into the completed film are all parts of the…

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