Mark Barrett has been one of my best friends ever since we met on CompuServe in 1995. He is also one of the smartest and most articulate people in the games business. I would have said that even if he hadn’t just added a link from his site to my site. (No, really.) He has a deep understanding of both writing and interactivity, and this has allowed him to identify some blind spots that many game developers have. You should hire him to write your next game design, or just to ridicule it, I mean perform a critical evaluation. Alternatively, you could read some of the excellent articles he has published on his site.
In related news, I’ve added a link to Tobias Mayr’s website. He is a good friend of mine here in Vienna with whom I regularly have interesting discussions on game design and related topics. Plus he buys way more games than I do, saving me hundreds of dollars per year.
Linking to his site may motivate him to add some more content to it, or at least to make it work at all.