Category: Article

ARTICLE: Specialize vs Generalize

This topic can be applied to pretty much any industry, but I particularly find that many novel film makers and game developers run into this dilemma. Should I specialize on one subject? Or should I learn a little of everything? Truth is, it’s not that simple, and that’s why most people often feel confused about which track they should commit… Read more →

ARTICLE: 5 Things I Learned from Making Casino Games

After 3 years working in the casino games development industry for one of the most prestigious companies in the world, I leave realizing that I’ve learnt much more than I had thought when I set foot on my very first day. Most of the lessons learnt have improved my outlook on game development as a whole, but some have dug… Read more →

ARTICLE: Will Games Ever Become an Art?

In Germany it is illegal to use nazi references, including flags, in various ways. One of them is games. Wolfenstein for instance, is a game that looks very different in Germany. However, movies are not put under the same scrutiny. Reason? Movies are considered art. Games are only entertainment. But, is X-Men First Class less entertainment than a video game?… Read more →

LESSON: 7 Ways to Monetize Your Game. Which One is Yours?

At the start of a game’s development, it’s challenging to find an optimal way to monetize it. Above all, you must find a monetization method that is compatible with your game. In a way, your monetization should be integrated in the same way you would with a game mechanic. DIRECT SALES This one is the most straight forward. Players pay to buy… Read more →

ARTICLE: The 3 Pillars of Talented Writers

It sometimes strikes me as odd when I read a book or watch a movie and find that I have enjoyed it even though the arching story wasn’t particularly interesting. On the other hand, I sometimes dislike a piece despite it being beautifully written. I’ve come to realize that the reason for this is that there are three overlaying major strengths to every… Read more →

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ARTICLE: What is an Art Game?

What is an art game? Answering that is as simple as answering this other question: What is “Art”? Truth is, nobody can agree on a single definition. Yeah, sure, you can look it up in the dictionary and use that as a reference. Art is relative. So relative in fact, that it probably doesn’t exist. Art is a concept completely… Read more →

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EXTRA: Bilbao, a Diamond in the Rough

Ok, before I begin, I must admit, I am a little bit biased when it comes to Bilbao. I have Basque roots and I’ve always been a fan. However, that does not undermine the fact that this city is an unexploited paradise for game developers and studios looking to expand. First off, the Basque Country is undoubtedly the richest and… Read more →

ARTICLE: Why Should Game Designers Play Art Games?

Playing all the AAA titles available out there will only do you good if you are working at a studio that develops AAA titles. Even so, playing Auteur Games will still be extremely vital. Most big titles out there are innovative in scope, but not necessarily innovative when it comes to content. Most game designers are not currently working on… Read more →

LIST: Top 5 Publishing Platforms for Indie Devs

5. Steam Greenlight Steam is king when it comes to PC gaming. Their Greenlight community is an excellent tool to allow and encourage indie developers to put up their games on Steam and reach millions of players. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest choice. Applying on Steam requires a lot of time and effort. Furthermore, receiving enough votes from the community can be… Read more →