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August 17, 2010



I think this is only possible because of XBLA, PSN, WiiWare, iPhone. In other words, DRMed not resellable, non rentable games.

The reason people didn't make short in the past is because they'd be rented to death and because there was no easy way to sell a $1 to $15 game. Now there is.


If it helps, I finished Spider Man 2, twice. It was a joy to play (except for the Electro arena maze. Almost couldn't drag myself through that a second time).

The short-game concept is a good one. Is every meal you eat a huge multi-course event? No. Sometimes you just want a snack or a light lunch or dinner with friends. There's room for everything.


I finished Spiderman 2 - then my XBox died, so I haven't finished it twice...

I didn't do all of the challenges, but I did find all of the hint markers so I could hear them say all something different (that was a terrible joke by the way, but it made me laugh).

Alex Bortoluzzi

I had a different experience with my game, Zombie Wonderland for the iPhone and iPad. We made a game that would take you a couple hours to finish, and had a beginning, middle and end, with even an end screen and all. I wanted to create a complete experience that you could finish, give the player a sense of accomplishment. People complained that it was too short, 20 nights on 4 locations, that just 6 weapons and three tools were not enough and demanded more for their single dollar invested.
Now I'm scrambling to create more content, but I wonder if they will still be there to play it, as the number of games released on a daily basis is staggering.

John Valentine

When developing my game, I was not really that interested in providing the solid conclusion of closure. This case is a bit different from commercial offerings, as progression in my game is essentially the re-use of same procedural generation formula, to give a game of the required difficulty. There is no ending; just harder levels! I wrote a blog article on these choices, which might be of interest.

Donovan Moretz

I think as an avid player, one of things I don't like about a lot of games, is that they ramp up in difficulty to a stupidly hard level near the end. I prefer a more gradual slope, with a spike as you near the finale, and in intermediate boss fights.
Especially in role playing games. You level up, but so do the enemies, so you keep having the same fight, it just takes longer. Plus you never get to feel like a total bad ass. Being able to mow through the 'trash' and then be challenged by a boss fight, or a small set piece works well in my opinion, something I think Left For Dead did perfectly.

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Jamie's Bragging Rights

  • Spider-Man 2
    The best superhero games of all time Game Informer
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    Top 100 PS2 games of all time Official Playstation 2 Magazine
    1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die Nomination for Excellence in Gameplay Engineering Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
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