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These essays were first written and published on my website in 2009. They’re mostly focused on platform games. I guess that’s what I was doing at the time. They’ve been cleaned up and revised after a decade that I have spent (in part) teaching game design in a real actual classroom, and they reflect me, you know, growing as a designer and becoming smarter and stuff. 

Feel free to reproduce this document, assign it to your own students, etc etc. Enjoy!


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This is miscategorized as a 'game' when in fact it is a non-game piece of media in PDF file format.  Please update your category.

I've always known about the first screen of Mario for a while but this goes way further and more detail about it!

Thank you! I used to send my students to your site. I love the updates/revisions.


Thank you!  Been looking for "To the right, hold on tight" because I remember it being important during my education.  Time to pay it forward.


Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to checking this out.