Welcome to What’s in a Game, a website dedicated to the design and development of video games!

Let’s look at some of my favorite games and see why I love them – and even how I wish I could make them better.

As a Senior Software Engineer working on games, I’ve tested out a lot of my own ideas – with a lot of success and failure along the way. By taking patterns from games we love, we can see how to make our own games even better. I’d like to tell you what I’ve learned about making games that reach a wide audience and bring joy to people.

General Game Design

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Final Fantasy

Banjo Kazooie

Game Development

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