Peter Harkins

Feedback and WeeWar’s Game Design


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I talked about positive feedback loops in the farming genre post but I was in rant mode and sort of glossed over the definition: When you’re collecting...

City of Heroes as a Pastime


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Last month NCSoft added Mission Architect to City of Heroes, a tool for players to build and share missions that become part of the game. Opening the doors...

Client Logging to AWS


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Over on the BBGameZone forums helderic asked how to deal with exploits: Lets say player A finds a exploit to duplicate a item and decides to exploit...

Developer Day Notes


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I’m attending Developer Day DC and taking notes. They’re fairly rough and sort of only cover the things that catch my attention, but here they are in...

Athenge Ops Playtested


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Over the weekend Snarky dropped by for some ribs and playtesting. I think of early playtesting as scientific experimentation and had a specific question...

Investigating Theme Spam


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
If you’re interested in what spammers are up to these days, check out Snarky’s blog post Evil Eval() investigating the obfuscated spam code hidden in...

JavaScript: The Good Parts


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
In JavaScript, there is a beautiful, elegant, highly expressive language that is buried under a steaming pile of good intentions and blunders. The best...

A Straight-Up Thug Town


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
This is where I live: Except for the few shots on the Metro, I recognize pretty much every single shot as within walking distance of my home… though...

Redirecting Users’ URLs


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I got an email in response to an old post on how I designed NearbyGamer’s discussion URLs. It asked how to create readable URLs for a community site where...

Serenity Green


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Here’s a common question: Why doesn’t Joss Whedon’s Firefly have any Chinese people? The backstory for Firefly is pretty simple, China and America...