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Game Designer & Storyteller. Narrative + XR + location based + emerging tech. Indie game community organizer. Twitter: @marlenaabraham
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Many of the best game designers I know are sponges: they absorb a little bit of everything they come into contact with. They squirrel away nuggets of information until one day, they’ll run into a particularly difficult design problem. Then, like magic, they’ll pull out a piece of wisdom or…

Fight screen overload by writing your first draft with speech to text

A Weekend Experiment

For the last several months, I’ve been stuck in an absolutely agonizing case of writer’s block. I‘ve had SO many ideas for articles I’ve wanted to write, but for whatever reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to, you know, open a text editor and write anything down. Who knows… maybe…

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A game designer’s job is usually a combination of three things: coming up with a design, getting everyone on board with it, and implementing it in whatever game engine (or other medium) that their team’s using. …

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: you keep a to-do list. Maybe you keep several. Between your work trackers, your personal projects, your daily chores, and that voice in the back of your head that you should really be doing more meal prep and getting more exercise in, you consistently…

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Maybe you really like playing video games. Maybe you’re really interested in how games can make education more fun. Maybe you’re just curious to see what you can make. Do you… maybe want to be a game designer?

As a professional game designer, I have variations of the same conversation…

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As a professional game designer, I’ve been asked about portfolio structure dozens of times — by high school students curious about game development, by college juniors and seniors about to start looking for jobs, and by people looking to shift their career into games.

At the end of the day…

Marlena Abraham

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