Posts Tagged "Game Design"

Game Developer, Tester Jobs: Get Hired

Game Developer, Tester Jobs: Get Hired

Breaking into the world of video game tester jobs and earning an official game tester salary or getting a full-time job as a game developer (artist, programmer, audio/sound engineer, etc.) doesn’t require fancy degrees, insider knowledge or a well-connected ex-roommate. Better still, anyone can do it right from home and get started overnight. But it’s not necessarily easy. Leading game companies receive thousands of queries from eager job seekers hoping...

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Are Console Games Dying?

Are Console Games Dying?

Peter Vesterbacka, the owner of Rovio and by extension the big daddy behind Angry Birds, claims that console games are “dying.” Automatic response: No, they’re not. A more careful response crafted after observation of recent console sales: No, they’re not. Vesterbacka made his declaration on a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. Innovation, Vesterbacka said, belongs to the mobile platforms, where developers can...

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Why is Kinect Outselling PlayStation Move?

Why is Kinect Outselling PlayStation Move?

This time last year, many of us were snickering at Microsoft’s “Project Natal” (aka Kinect) and taking bets on the size of the crater the camera unit would leave behind when the concept inevitably bombed. Now, with ten million Kinect units sold since November, only Microsoft is laughing–not only at our sheepishly hung heads, but at Sony’s PlayStation Move. Despite seeming like a much surer thing than the Kinect a year ago, the motion...

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The Price of Making Mature Games

The Price of Making Mature Games

David Cage, the creator of the PlayStation 3 drama hit Heavy Rain, rocked the industry recently when he dished out a simple plea to developers in a speech: “Make games for adults. Seriously. It’s going to change your life.” He elaborated: “We should be, in our industry, on par not with b-[movies], not with popcorn movies. We should be on par with the best movies out there, in matter of storytelling and characterization and emotion, etc.,...

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How to Make Money on Microtransactions

How to Make Money on Microtransactions

Everybody Edits is a maze-based platforming game that anyone can edit and play online in real-time. The friendly-sounding title helps define the experience, which is very much open-ended and a great deal of fun to tinker with. As it happens, Everybody Edits also carries some interesting lessons about microtransactions. The initial game was put together for Newgrounds by a fellow named Chris Benjaminsen. Benjaminsen talked a bit about the game’s evolution and...

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