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 and even though we now live half a world apart, we still stay in close contact.
Zach has a BS in Computer Science, Math, and Psychology and is currently finishing his Masters (he’s not quite a doctor yet…) in Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon. Which basically means that when he goes to work at his shiny new Microsoft job in a few weeks, he’ll get to yell things like: “No! The ‘OK’ button goes in the lower left corner! LEFT!” and “I said pastel! PASTEL!” at the code monkeys. He writes about HCI and other things on his personal blog. You can check also check out his online portfolio.
Zach is also partially responsible for my living in Japan. He got me hooked on sushi. After he introduced me I slipped deeper and deeper into addiction. One day, after a major unagi binge, I blacked out, and when I woke up, I was in the land of the rising sun.
Dr. Zaiss joins xii games as a contributor and will be relating to us his thoughts on game design over the next few weeks in a series of essays. Thanks Zach. So, without further ado: