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28 April, 2016

A call for more diversity of games
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:20 PM

Another reader-suggested topic today:

Imperien Cypher suggested:

With the notable exception of Eve-Online, every new MMO I’ve played since the late 90s has felt like a glorified tutorial meant to teach players the ropes before the competition actually begins… Which, sadly, never seems to happen.

On that basis: Are gamers today too “soft” to handle an MMO with the kind of PvP which was the norm in the M59/UOL era? By that I primarily mean tangible death consequences in the form of “exp death” and/or “full looting” appropriate to a given game’s mechanics.

TLDR Version: Is the MMO genre doomed to remain a “Sacred Haven” until the end of time?

I think there’s two answers to this question, although they are related.
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26 April, 2016

What is the worst possible outcome for MMOs?
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 5:29 PM

My friend Richard Bartle suggested a topic on Google+: “What’s your most pessimistic (yet realistic) view of the future of MMOs?”

He’s always a ray of sunshine in my day. :) But, let me consider the worst possible case for MMOs.
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25 April, 2016

How to succeed as an indie
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:09 PM

My good friend Dave Toulouse suggested a topic on Twitter:

So, time to look at what it takes to succeed as an indie game developer.
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18 April, 2016

A life outside of work is not a sin
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:41 AM

I’m Interrupting my series of posts about tabletop RPGs to post on a topic that is generating some buzz.

Once again, the issue of work conditions in the game industry has come up in discussions. And once again, we see some poor soul trying to defend the status quo, explaining that the industry is fine and nothing needs to change at all and that game developers who “can’t love all 80 hours/week of it” shouldn’t even be in the industry.

Yeah, someone actually wrote an article saying that. So, let me work to counter some of this toxic ideology and explain why life outside of work is fine.
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29 August, 2015

Developers aren’t Green Lantern
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:42 PM

Blaugust, day 29

So now I have my project. I’ve asked the fundamental questions and gotten my audience, platform(s), genres, and business model worked out. I understand the market and am making a game appropriate for the company I’m with. I’ve got my ideal team working on a prototype of the technology and gameplay, and I’m working hard on the setting that’s appropriate for the game. I’ve raised money to support the project, and I’m carefully budgeting the money I do have, while taking care of the people who gave me that money.

Now, it’s just some hard work and time to reap the financial rewards, right? Well, not quite.
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28 August, 2015

Building a game: taking care of business
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:38 AM

Blaugust, day 28

Okay, I’ve asked the fundamental questions and put together the team to build a prototype and work out a setting. So, now it’s time to get down to business and pay attention to the business elements of making the game.
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27 August, 2015

Building a game: forming the team
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:33 AM

Blaugust, day 27

Now that I’ve discussed the fundamentals of the game, it’s time to put serious thought toward the fundamentals of the people making the game. Time to form the team.
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26 August, 2015

Building a game: prototype and setting
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:12 AM

Blaugust, Day 26

So, I’ve got most of our fundamentals almost out of the way, and now I’m ready to get my hands dirty with details. For today’s post I’ll focus on one development task, a prototype, and one design task, choosing a setting.
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25 August, 2015

Building a game: your company and your market
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:04 AM

Blaugust, day 25

Yesterday, we looked at the fundamental questions to determine what kind of game you should build. Today, we’ll look at how those answers look in the context of the company you’re building the game with and how that impacts what market you might want to go after.

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24 August, 2015

Building a game: the fundamentals
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:40 AM

Blaugust, day 24

For the game project today, I have a blank canvas. Time to ask some fundamental questions about what type of game I want to make. What are the fundamental decisions I want to make, and how will I make the best ones I can?
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