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Sirlin.Net - Game Design

By David Sirlin

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Sirlin designed video games such as Street Fighter HD Remix, Puzzle Fighter HD Remix, and Kongai. He's designed tabletop games such as Yomi, Puzzle Strike, Pandante, and Flash Duel. He discusses the craft of game design with his lead playtester.

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An Iconoclast Podcast

It's a very interesting and insightful show. Sirlin isn't afraid to critique even to most universally appreciated games on the market and it makes for delicious food for thought.

That said, I think the show could benefit from a little more point/counterpoint style of discussion. Aphotix is a fine and knowledgable co-host, but his opinions are almost too in-line with Sirlin's, which limits the depth of their back-and-forth. I just wish once in a while he'd say, "I might have to disagree with you on that one."

Overall a fine show and worth subscribing for anyone who wants unique and inspired views on game design.

A good but very, very specific viewpoint

From one designer to another: Sirlin is wonderfully researched and highly experienced at a specific slice of game development: competitive one-on-one multiplayer with full knowledge and even play fields. Street Fighter, basically. His viewpoints are strong and insightful with that particular bent.

RPG elements, freemium anything, unbalanced multiplayer teams... He rallies against pretty much all modern embellishments like these, with an almost religious fervor. When he points out major, highly loved and extensively played games as examples of fundamentally irredeemable game design, he undermines his own credibility.

I still find the podcast worth listening to, as his viewpoints can be interesting even when he's off on a crusade that I fundamentally disagree with. Just don't expect a well-rounded podcast that represents a broad slice of game development. He has a specific view as a designer, which a lot of other designers would disagree with.


Sirlin can come across as abrasive, but he does have a solid basis for his opinions. Even if you disagree with him, it is interesting to think about the topics that he covers.

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