Author Archives: David Eckelberry

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Ludonarrative Dissonance Re-Examined

I assume you know the term. Here’s a rel­a­tively recent review of the con­cept if you needed. As much as I’ve mostly enjoyed the online dis­cus­sion, I think we’ve failed to exam­ine the sim­ple rea­son why nar­ra­tives can fail in games. As a result, we’ve missed why things are unlikely to change. The issue may […]

Let me tell you a story of heroes

Another day arrives, and another evening at the Lion­head office has dragged on into morn­ing. My first Eng­lish sum­mer has seen many a late night, and more than a few sleep­less morn­ings. All with good rea­son; it’s for a good cause. Truth be told, I have no one to blame but myself. It must be love. […]

Coral Griffon?

Before demen­tia fol­lows in the wake of my fourth decade, and while I can still remem­ber, I want to answer the occa­sional ques­tion where my  most fre­quent gam­ing user id comes from. It’s not that com­pli­cated of a story… I have always had a thing for grif­fons, so if we’re going to pick a totem, it’s mine. Maybe that […]

Personality Profile, Horoscope, or Both

A few days ago, we had a con­sult­ing orga­ni­za­tion called Insights show up on our door to eval­u­ate mem­bers of the studio’s senior staff. I didn’t real­ize this was hap­pen­ing, or even what it was, until I was deliv­ered a link to a web­site and asked to fill out a per­son­al­ity ques­tion­naire. Before the end […]