"It's a nice reminder how mechanics work really closely with design," says Littman. "There's a lot of fine details that impact each other. I think in some cases, when you're balancing something and you're sitting down and you're going “what if I do this”, you run into a headache and you can't get it right. So the better you understand, for example, how armor works in Company of Heroes, and how supply works in Company of Heroes 2, and how mobility works in Company of Heroes 2 and how RTS units work, you can avoid that kind of headache, and you can avoid stuff like “oh, if we give this a buff this is going to influence this, unless we buff this and one of these is gonna get nerfed, unless we let that buff go through,” you just can't do that with any number of games. It's not like there's this linear progression with knowledge. Every game is different and that's why they're all so contradictory. It's because there's no single principle that governs most games.
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