Posts Tagged "Game Development"

What Have We Learned From the Recession?

What Have We Learned From the Recession?

Some lessons are easy to learn because immediate consequences ensure they’re never repeated. Don’t touch a hot stove. Don’t eat spoiled pork. Don’t shove a cat in a doll’s pram. Other lessons don’t yield quick knowledge, which leads outsiders to wonder if the people involved learned anything at all. Perfect example: The sighing and head-shaking that goes on over politicians’ decisions. Another, more interesting example: The...

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How Well Are Developers Adapting to DLC?

How Well Are Developers Adapting to DLC?

The future often seems uncertain, frightening, difficult to adapt to. And sometimes, it throws us a bone and offers something that really does appear to benefit everyone. Downloadable game content (DLC), for instance, is a huge boon to developers and gamers alike. Gamers have access to cheap, often innovative games that developers wouldn’t be able to experiment with at regular retail; indie studios can distribute games with minimal cost; and big studios can...

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Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Job security (perhaps best referred to in quotes) is a term that means very little to the current working generation, and not because of youthful apathy. Job security in America is simply an endangered animal that’s on the brink of vanishing entirely. It’s becoming rarer for someone to stay on a job site for five years, let alone ten. Sometimes they depart of their own will. More often, they’re laid off. The games industry isn’t exempt from...

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Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

The romantic depiction of the pale, smoking “starving artist” or writer isn’t necessarily the norm outside of books about suffering and death. Creative folks love exercising the left side of their brains, and they take a lot of pride in what they do. But they also like their hot dogs and their pop and not dying of hunger. In reality, creative individuals and the business-oriented people who sell their product have always kept a careful eye on each...

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Why Nintendo Should Return to CES

Why Nintendo Should Return to CES

The last time Nintendo made a big appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SquareSoft’s SNES RPG masterpiece Chrono Trigger was a major preview, and audiences murmured about the N64, Saturn, and PlayStation. Shortly thereafter, Nintendo detached itself from CES in favor of a fresh start at E3, which has served as the industry’s premier trade show ever since. In November, word got around that Nintendo would be returning as a CES exhibitor this...

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