Ivan Garde’s game design studies online notebook

and also an animator’s portifolio (hopefully)

Puppies just wanna have fun outubro 30, 2008

Filed under: Studies — ivangarde @ 11:47 am
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In a study featured at MSNBC, psychology researchers have found that young male dogs playing with female pups will often let the females win, even if the males have a physical advantage.

Puppies playing

Young boy dogs often let the girls win — anything to keep the game going

I know this is not directly connected with game design, but I find it very interesting to notice that this kind of behavior occur in several species of animals (It has been documented before in red-necked wallabies, squirrel monkeys, hamadryas baboons and even us, humans).

Researchers suspect that for the dogs, the opportunity to play may be more important to them than winning. How many of us haven’t already done this? Letting a girlfriend win (without her knowledge, of course) just to make her more prone to play in the future or organising some game learning session with younger relatives where winning is the last of the concerns.

It looks like that to play is “per se” an important activity even in the animals life, but for the dogs at least, the act it’s not all devoid of practical implications. Playing with a female help the puppies to create a love connection which will help them mate later in life ( it’s know that in feral dog populations, female mate choice plays a role in male mating success) and the Young males use to play to learn more about the female puppies.

I believe that we follow a pattern rather similar, although studies implies that dogs may be less obsessed with winning than our closer relatives, the primates.


The inspiration for this blog’s URL outubro 15, 2008

Filed under: Random — ivangarde @ 2:34 am

Keep on rolling!


First things first!

Filed under: Random — ivangarde @ 2:11 am
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So I decided to start a new blog but, unlike my previous one, this has a specific goal: to serve as a notebook for my current game design studies. I find it very nice when people share their studies even when it’s somewhat idiosyncratic, and that motivated me to keep my recordings and analysis on this blog.

I’ll try to show here pieces of studies, design deconstructions of popular games for analysis and hopefully some personal creations but I must advise you, English is not my native language but I’ll do my best to keep this blog legible.

If you read until this line then I must tell you that I have a secret agenda here, I want to create a game design portfolio. Since the size of our game industry here in Brazil is close to nothing I think this is the better way to develop some game design skills.

Hope you all enjoy the blog and don’t hesitate to comment or curse like a sailor the posts you don’t like