Posts Tagged "Game Development"

5 Ways to Fix Complicated Gamepads

5 Ways to Fix Complicated Gamepads

You don’t have to own a Wii to appreciate the fact that traditional controllers have become unnecessarily complex. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamepads have 17 depressible buttons. Yes, you read that right – 17 buttons.* Having been a gamer for 23 years now, even yours truly has to momentarily pause sometimes to keep them all straight. As a result of the controller clutter, unseasoned players are thrown to the wolves, something many...

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Game Students Should Own Their Work

Game Students Should Own Their Work

In traditional academia, students retain intellectual property rights to their term papers, artwork, screenplays, and other creative works. So why should this change when academia meets game design? According to DigiPen and other schools that have implemented similar IP policies, the institution owns all rights, titles, and interests to the games and underlying content which pupils create through the program. Many students have bitterly confronted the IP...

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How Long Should Video Games Be?

How Long Should Video Games Be?

How long should a video game be, exactly? It’s an endlessly-debated topic that got more attention recently when dozens of game developers weighed in with their thoughts. The consensus opinion seems to be that dozens of hours of gameplay are not, in and of themselves, a requirement for a good game, and thus one deserving of your money. Many developers argued that shorter and smaller games like Braid, Portal and Limbo prove you can offer a wholly satisfying...

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Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

I am not sitting in business class on this flight. Heading home from my first business trip for my new job, I’m struck by a key difference between traveling for my current employer, ngmoco:), and traveling for my former employer, Electronic Arts. It’s not just that I’m sitting back in coach that has got me thinking. It’s more about how I’ve spent my time on the flight. Sure, I had my favorite airplane cocktail (vodka cranberry, if you...

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Why it Pays to Self-Publish, Own Your IP

Why it Pays to Self-Publish, Own Your IP

I will make a case here for the importance and strategic value of companies publishing their own intellectual property (IP) on new digital platforms like the emerging app stores. In the old days, big companies could build strategic value by developing control over conventional channels of distribution. When you own the Golden Gate Bridge you can charge any kind of traffic to use your pipeline, but it loses value when everyone discovers how to fly. Browsing and...

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