005 : By Request! The Game Design of Squares, Circles, and Triangles

Game Design Zen : Episode 005

What should I talk about? When I asked my friend, there was no hesitation – “Squares, Circles, and Triangles.” I asked, “Really?” And he answered, “It was my favorite! You said it would change the way I saw the world, and it did.”

  • Definitely – Squares, Circles, and Triangles (01:50)
  • Interest Curve (03:08)
    • First Idea – 8, 8, 8, … (05:18)
    • Second Idea – 1, 2, 3, … 9, 10 (06:15)
    • Initial Spike (07:10)
    • God of War 3 – Kratos vs Poseidon (09:20)
  • Convexity (10:35)
    • Quests in World of Warcraft
  • Squares, Circles, and Triangles (14:36)
  • Zen Spot – J J Abrams – Mystery Box (25:50)

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The interest curve - initial spike, rising spikes, and a climax (ending immediately afterwards)

The interest curve – initial spike, rising spikes, and a climax (ending immediately afterwards)

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4 comments
RajatVijay
RajatVijay

Thanks for another great episode, Curtis. Looking forward to the next one!

Congratulations !!!

Schneider21
Schneider21

I was so excited to wake up to a new episode this morning for my commute to work. Much like your friend Chris, I think squares, circles, and triangles may have just changed the way I look at the world, too.

Thanks for another great episode, Curtis. Looking forward to the next one!

gigiwoo
gigiwoo moderator

@Schneider21 - Thank you so much for listening, for taking the time to say hello, and for the kind words. It's inspiring. My wife challenged me to get out 6 episodes by Christmas - five down, one to go!  

Schneider21
Schneider21

@gigiwoo Please don't stop there! I'm already spoiled by 5 per month! I love the way your wife challenges you to meet goals. Perhaps my wife is letting me off too easy with procrastinating and dragging projects out...

In any case, thanks again for the insightful commentary and shared lessons. You'll always have this set of ears waiting for the next episode.