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Jeremy W.

Location:

Chicago, IL

Member since:

October 5, 2013

What types of games do you like to make? What type do you play if any?

I'm game *chortle* for designing most any type of game. I enjoy designing and fine-tuning systems, especially entertainment systems--finding the problems and exploring the possible solutions. Though I have preferred genres, I'm generally more interested in solving the puzzles that designing a game system presents. What the puzzle looks like when it's done is more of a happy side effect. I don't actually play a lot of games anymore. I look for ones that show me something really original, or that are exceptionally well-executed, but I often find myself more invested in analyzing their design than playing them.

Do you make games full time or part time?

I teach game design full time, and design games part time.

What skills do you have pertaining to game development? (Programming languages, artistic talents, animation, game design, etc...)

For the most part I'm purely a designer, though I also handle project management when needs be. The emphasis of my PhD was in game psychology (ludology), or the study of "what makes things fun." A lot of that is in the nitty gritty details of the design, rather than the big picture. So I spend a lot of time figuring out what numbers should look like on the backend... if that Y value should be a 1.5 or a 1.65.

If you are not making or playing a game, what do you do with your time? What other hobbies or activites do you particapate in?

I don't understand the question. "Other?" What else is there? Okay, so sometimes I engage in a few other hobbies, but those are secrets. As far as you know, I was born in game design. Molded by it.

Introduction

I'm Jeremy! I design games, and I teach game design. It's an obsession.


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