Posts Tagged "Indie Games"

Rising Handheld Costs Torture Developers

Rising Handheld Costs Torture Developers

We stand on the cusp of the Nintendo 3DS’s launch. Good times, but now we have to ask the unavoidable question: As handheld games and portable gaming in general become more complex, what will that eventually mean for game developers’ budgets? Chris Kingsley, the co-founder of the UK-based Rebellion games studio, believes that the advanced tech that makes up the innards of the 3DS and upcoming Sony NGP/PSP 2 means people will be expecting fancier...

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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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How Indies Can Escape Work-For-Hire

How Indies Can Escape Work-For-Hire

What is best in life? If you’re a creative person with a passion for video games, there’s enormous satisfaction to be had in founding a game studio and bringing your own IP into the world. Nothing extravagant; just a small team of talented fellows and ladies who want to help you give birth to your sassy ledge-hopping cat. Unfortunately, unless you have a great deal of money to cushion potential falls (and there will be falls), indie studios usually end...

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Is Video Game Piracy Theft?

Is Video Game Piracy Theft?

Society’s transition to digitally-distributed entertainment is exciting, but it’s not without a few speed bumps. When games were invariably encased behind three inches of bullet-proof glass at the local Toys R Us, there was no question about how you were supposed to go about procuring the latest Mario adventure: You whipped out your wallet, and a shuffling red-shirted employee would pick through his ring of keys and open Heaven’s Gate just long...

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Best Music Games: Gaming’s Top Hits – Pt 1

Best Music Games: Gaming’s Top Hits – Pt 1

Activision’s Guitar Hero video game franchise is dead. But music gaming’s legacy, a part of interactive entertainment’s history since the very beginning, lives on. A special preview of yours truly’s upcoming free digitally downloadable book, Music Games Rock: Gaming’s 100 Greatest Hits of All-Time (Power Play, 2011), we’re proud to present a look back over the field’s 30-year history. In the first of a special three-part series, we give you some of ...

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