The Debug Log

Welcome to The Debug Log, a podcast about game development. Hosts Andrew, Obinna, Zack, Ryan, and Eduardo are all professional game developers. From games for health care to AAA mobile games, these guys have experienced it all and have the scars to prove it. That being said, this is not your typical developer podcast. The Debug Log balances in-depth discussions and interviews with a casual and wry sense of humor. Aiming to be both entertaining and informative, the show targets developers of all skill levels. Whether you’re just getting started or have several games under your belt, you’re sure to find something of value. Join them each week as they deep dive into the evolving world of game development.


episode 84: Episode 84: Game Design Breakdown - PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

It seems like every year, one game comes along and dominates the conversation, whether for its excellent execution, superb gameplay, or its originality of ideas. For awhile we thought that game for 2017 would be the triumphant return of the Zelda franchise in Breath of the Wild, but a well-known modder, going by the name Playerunknown, had a different idea. Building off his experience building a very popular Arma 2 mod named DayZ: Battle Royale, Playerunknown aka Brendan Greene, teamed up with Korean developer Bluehole and created a standalone game based on the mod. In March of 2017, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS was released in Early Access on Steam. Since then the game has garnered over 8 million units sold, record breaking player engagement, and big name investment from companies like Microsoft.

This week on the show we try out a new format and analyze why PUBG has enjoyed so much success. If you've never played the game, don't worry, we breakdown the entire player experience and highlight all of the subtle, and not so subtle, design decisions that make the game so intriguing. While this type of game or genre might not be related to anything you are building, there are still many great lessons to be learned in taking a look at all of PUBG's systems and how they interact for a player. Hopefully, you'll find a few nuggets you can apply in your own designs.

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