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Archive for April, 2006

A little heavy reading

April 28th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm
by Vince Twelve

I found Aki Järvinen through Jesper Juul’s blog. Aki is preparing his PhD thesis, Games Without Frontiers, on “theories and methods for game studies and design” and he’s posting some work-in-progress chapters online for “user testing.” It’s very dense stuff, and I’m still making my way through the first chapter he posted, but it may […]

Abstract adventure game design

April 28th, 2006 @ 9:29 am
by Vince Twelve

Daniel Schuller wrote up a nice article on his blog breaking down the puzzles found in the first Monkey Island game to their atomic levels. It’s a good read, and can potentially help someone plot out some puzzles for their own adventure games. An example atomic problem: Guardian There is a FOO stopping you from […]

No one aboard the Last Express

April 27th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm
by Vince Twelve

This week’s issue of The Escapist has an article looking back at an absolute gem of a game that no one played: The Last Express. For those who don’t know, The Last Express is a first-person adventure game that featured an intricately recreated version of the Orient Express, Linklater-esque rotoscoped characters, and an unprecedented degree […]

Introspection and game design

April 27th, 2006 @ 11:00 am
by Dr. Zaiss

Where does motivation come from? Does it come from inside, or from our environment?

Paging Dr. Zaiss

April 27th, 2006 @ 10:59 am
by Vince Twelve

Kicking off the game design related articles on xii games is a very good friend of mine, Zach Sam Zaiss. Zach and I became close friends back in college when we bonded over a shared love of math and chocolate. We even roomed together for three years. He’s one of the smartest people I know […]


April 25th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm
by Vince Twelve

The first of the xii games is Anna. Anna was originally created for the second One Room One Week Competition on the AGS forums. Which means that the game was originally conceived, designed, drawn, written, and programmed entirely by me and entirely within one week. I say “originally” because the version up for download now […]

Bringing it down a notch

April 24th, 2006 @ 10:26 am
by Vince Twelve

Hi. Welcome to the new xii games webpage. It’s still a work in progress, but I like what I’ve done with the place. I suppose an introduction is in order. My name is Vince Twelve. I live in Okinawa, Japan with my beautiful wife and daughter. In my spare time between teaching English at two […]

The awesome begins

April 21st, 2006 @ 4:34 pm
by Vince Twelve

I am a unique and beautiful snowflake. A snowflake with a brain that brims with genius. It was this brain that first conceived the terrifyingly original idea of writing down my priceless thoughts onto a weblog. A weblog which I will henceforth refer to as a ‘blog.’ Welcome to said blog, the light from which […]