Table of Contents 1. Olive & Forest One of the brightest people I ever met once handed me a book. He said that it would be one of the most important things I would ever read. That book? The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. And he was absolutely correct. I hadn’t heard of it at the time, but within many industries, it is considered the seminal text for understanding not only the importance of design, but the core ethos behind it. Norman identifies two main problems with humanity’s collective approach to design. The first is the brazen way designers often ignore user experience while chasing the goal of creating endless capabilities. The second problem is the way those designers capitalize on human beings’ natural instinct to blame themselves for not understanding an object or interaction with an overly complicated design. But making something easier to use should not just be some placating act of kindness; it should be the actual point of the design … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2: six months later
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With more than 90 million units sold, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console of this generation – surpassing the benchmark set over the PS3’s lifetime by more than five million. Driving that achievement is a growing library of great PlayStation exclusives, along with support from third-party publishers and indies. These are VG247’s picks for the absolute best PS4 games that you can play today. As 2018 drew to a close, we got the last tempting glimpses of a few games that might one day make this list – Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3 to name just a few. But you’re not here to see what games might be good in the future, you’re here to see the best PS4 games right now. On that front you won’t be disappointed. New additions to the list include the latest and greatest in Ubisoft’s flagship franchise: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, as well as the updated FIFA 19. Also replacing a predecessor in … [Read more...] about The best PS4 games in 2019: every must-play on Sony’s flagship console
Game design school can be a tricky topic. Here are some links to posts I’ve written about them before:That said, it seems like you’re kind of keen on the financial aspect, so let’s discuss that a bit more today.Many schools that offer degrees in game design are for-profit, meaning that they’ll pile on the student loan debt pretty quickly, and junior designer positions are both rare and not particularly well-paid - you can expect a salary of around $30-50k USD per year starting out, and most dev studios will be in areas with a high cost of living like Southern California, Silicon Valley, New York, Seattle, Austin, Vancouver, etc. If you accrue $120,000 in student loan debt with an unsubsidized Stafford loan (i.e. “not in financial need”) and the current interest rate of 6%, you’re looking at a monthly payment of $1332 USD per month to pay it off over a period of ten years. This comes out to approximately $15,984 USD per year in loan … [Read more...] about How strongly would you recommend going to school…
In 2007 fresh out of high school as a senior, if you would have asked me if I was excited for college, I would not be able to contain the emotion in my face. Hell yes I was excited. I had knew that I wanted to make games since the day I finished the Halo: Combat Evolved campaign. I knew that very day that I was destined to create experiences as magical as this one had been for me. Games were epic. They were the ultimate form of art. Sure I loved making music (used to be a rapper yo!), sure I loved programming, sure I loved storytelling. But games…games were all of the above. Games were my chance to create the ultimate expression of the fragments inside my head that wanted to badly to be understood. Games were everything great about every art form all wrapped into a single fun and interactive package. So the only choice for me was to go to school for game development. Here is my experience. It started out OK…err that’s what I told myself. The first 2 years, even … [Read more...] about Should You Go To College For Game Dev? Here’s My Experience.
Here are our picks for the absolute best PS4 games. From blockbusters to indies, action roller-coasters to contemplative explorations, these are the best games available right now for Sony’s PlayStation 4, as selected by the voracious gamers of VG247. We’ll be checking back in with new games on the regular, as old favourites are retired and new challengers rise above the pack to win a place in our hearts. It’s been a while since we last updated this list, and 2017 has long since drawn to a close. During last year we got some new info on games that might one day make this list, like Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding and The Last of Us: Part 2. But for now, the most recent additions to our list are the mainstream smash-hit sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale and Capcom’s action-RPG epic Monster Hunter World. At the end of last year, Middle Earth: Shadow of War arrived to succeed the venerable old Shadow of Mordor on our list – building on the rock-solid … [Read more...] about The best PS4 games in 2018: every must-play on Sony’s flagship console