Predictable and unpredictable randomness in games

RNG or random number generation is a controversial topic in gaming with equal numbers of players cursing and blessing the mystical rn Jesus who dishes out crits seemingly on a whim. Such a mechanic has the potential to vastly change the game experience and must be utilised carefully in order to ensure games still feel…More

Systemic design and player mastery

Recently, I’ve really been getting into watching any% speedrunners. These players aim to finish games as a fast a possible using whatever bugs and exploits they can find. To the untrained eye, viewing can be confusing. 007 Goldeneye runs seem to simply require staring at the floor a chucking grenades at yourself whilst the classic…More