Crowdfunding Aint The Bank

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We in the games trade like the crowdfunding avenue in so far as the money that it brings, but we still struggle to not hold our communities at one remove as we might investors. As a result we are often mistreating fans even when we don’t mean to. We need to get better at the skill of community. Read More

The Lesson Of Monument Valley

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I’m fascinated by the reviews left by Monument Valley players after learning that new content was going to cost an extra $2. Why does something so apparently ordinary generate such resentment? Read More

What Is Journalism Anymore?

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With the increasing rise of YouTubers, movements like Gamergate and so on, questions about the role of journalism abound. Who’s a journalist? What does it even mean to be a “journalist” as opposed to something else? Does anyone really know anymore? Read More

Is Mobile Gaming The New Core Gaming?

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With mobile gaming revenue set to eclipse console next and year and PC by 2017, the question should be asked whether what we currently call “core” gaming really is any such thing any more. Or are mobile phone games the true inheritors of that mantle. Read More

Mobile Games Need Their Artists

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With mobile having relatively stabilized the question is what the next generation of games for the platform will look like, and how the industry needs a patron class of publisher to facilitate more creative games. Otherwise mobile may well stall. Read More

Why And How To Hire A Game Designer

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I am a game designer but I don’t envy the task of potential employers or partners in trying to find someone like me to hire. Game design is very difficult to assess from the outside, to understand what role you think it would play in your team and whether it would be a fit. Some thoughts on how to approach it. Read More