It takes a lot of dedicated work to put together any kind of video game, but independent games are labors of absolute love. Indie games are typically developed without financial assistance from a publisher, so the projects are often money-starved and hanging by a thread. On the flipside, there’s no guy in a suit poking at the developers and saying, “Hey. Hey. This game needs more birds. Kids these days like birds. Put in lots and lots of birds.”...read more
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We all deal with thankless, pushy bosses from time to time, and when we’re chewed out, we mumble (when the boss’ back is turned, of course) about how you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. While being bulled at a minimum wage retail job by a superior is often unnecessary (“Cut those fries faster! What’re you waiting for, the Second Coming of Christ?”), the situation tends to be different if a person is working at a job where...read more
At the dawn of 2011, Disney Interactive Studios initiated a round of layoffs. Then another round in March. Even now, as spring shakes off the cruel chill of the post-Christmas season, Disney Interactive Studio’s problems mount: The Mouse has taken the axe to 100 employees (how’s that for a mental image?) at Black Rock Studios, the developers behind the 2010 racing title Split/Second. Sometimes it seems like we hear more about the cuts and layoffs coming...read more
The rift in pricing between iPhone games and blockbuster retail releases is pretty expansive. The price for the average video game on the App Store is 99 cents. The price for an average retail release is around $59.99 USD. If your development studio dedicates most of its resources to making retail games, how do you compete against the pull of games that are not only cheap, but very convenient to purchase? Epic Games’ president, Mike Capps, recently admitted...read more
If you work in the video games industry, chances are you’ve been answered with a gasp of delight upon telling an acquaintance about what you do for a living. Perhaps your new friend returned with, “Oh, that is so cool!” Or, “So you get to play games all day?” And then you get to smile and correct them. Is working in the games industry fun? Sure, oftentimes it can be enormously fun and challenging. But a job is a job, and it was decreed...read more