the game design experience

A post on videogame writing tools and user interface techniques

Football Voodoom dialogues in Outspoken

I just published a post on Gamasutra Videogame Dialogues: Writing Tools And Design Ideas, written with the voltairesque Daniele Giardini. We write about our current experiments with writing tools and dialogue user interface design. Hope you'll find … [Read more]

Character Trait Model: How Unhappy Is Unhappy

President Character

Modelling character traits can be tricky: an example problem has been presented by Jon Ingold in this GDC talk. I discuss the problem below and present a sample model that solves it. I provide an implementation in a C# class. For character trait … [Read more]

Applied And Persuasive Applications For Museums

MDT Florence 2017

I recently gave a workshop and talk at the Museum Digital Transformation conference.Thank you for all who came, it was great fun. … [Read more]

A visualization of Liz England’s The Door Problem

The Door Problem visualized

An attempt at visualizing Liz England's useful operational explanation of what a game designer does: The Door Problem.   … [Read more]

Learning With Games: Fail And Retry, Not Simulations

Fail and retry

A short post on Gamasutra on the topic of learning with games and fail-and-retry. … [Read more]

A post on Gamasutra: In-between Spaces And Their Design

The Decameron narrators

I wrote a longish post on Gamasutra which they were so kind to feature on focusing attention on designing in-between spaces in games. See it here. … [Read more]

Games loved in 2016


These are the games I recall playing for the first time in 2016 that I really liked. I often discussed them with Daniele Giardini, whose list also follows. The games are not in order of preference after the first two. We both give the first prize … [Read more]

A game for learning about cancer therapy: help us crowdfund it!

Feel better!

  I have been recently working in defining a new applied game with the association Noi Per Voi, called Feel Better: the game will support kids and young adults in cancer therapy at the kids hospital Meyer in Florence. It will be a tool … [Read more]

Towards my book “Explaining With games”

In this gallery some of the applied games I designed and developed.They will be covered in detail in my forthcoming book "Explaining With Games".

I am working on a book on applied games: "Explaining With Games". It will be a handbook, focused on the analysis of the applied games I have worked on in the last five years. For information about the projects I worked on, here is a page … [Read more]

Is Unity WebGL loading? A simple loader

Opera Loader

F = (When you publish your Unity application or prototype in WebGL a problem that your testers or players may have is that while the browser is loading the application, no progress bar appears and so they may be tempted to reload the page again and … [Read more]