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The business of game development.

No port in a (financial) storm

It used to be the case that selling your studio to a multi-national publisher was a great way to secure the future of your company. Massive financial resources would be available to a develop to create those great games you had always wanted to make, which would in-turn get major marketing support as the publisher […]

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Steve “Snowy” White and the Seven Directors

Deep in the Enchanted Forest stands a lovely little cottage; home to Steve White and the Seven Directors. Steve, known as “Snowy” to his pals, is the sole employee of a game development company Enchantia Software. He’s the sole employee because all seven of the other people working there are Company Directors. The Seven Directors […]

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More useless information on Digital Downloads

In a recent piece on Gamesindustry.biz (Sony claims 14 million active PSN accounts // News) Sony announced that there are now 14 million active PSN accounts and that between them they have downloaded over 273 million pieces of content. “pieces of content” could of course refer to paid for content such as games, themes etc […]

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Moral rights, porn star Tera Patrick and Saint’s Row 2

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) aren’t something most people think about in relation to porn. However that is exactly what I thought about when I read this article, published by Kotaku  (Saint’s Row 2: Porn Starlet Tera Patrick Joins Saint’s Row 2). The porn st…. sorry adult star Tera Patrick has been appointed “Special Producer” for […]

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Poker vs Blackjack

While catching up on my reading I came upon a post entitled Bluff on Pierre-Alexandre Garneau’s blog. The topic was the concept of bluffing in games with a mention of one of my favorite games of the moment, Texas Hold ’em Poker. Now oddly I used to hate Poker, almost as much as I hated […]

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Scott Miller incubates

Video Game news site Gamedaily.com has a story up here about an apparent new IP incubator company to be founded by Scott Miller of 3DRealms and Jim Perkins, a former SVP of GT Interactive. The story is based on the brief existence of a web site (now showing just a logo) for a company called […]

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Take-Two’s poisoned power pill.

According to a Reuters’ report here the computer games publisher Take-Two has instituted a severance plan for employees (both executive and non-executive level), which would be activated in the event of them being fired following any purchase of the company. Obviously Take-Two are a caring company with their employees best interests at heart and the […]

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Game Industry Links ++

Veteran games marketing man Bruce Everiss has posted a fairly exhaustive list of Game Development related web sites. Below is Bruce’s original list (which he has kindly given permission for anyone to repost) plus some additional sites I use on a regular basis. Please share and enjoy. Here I will list a whole pile of […]

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Stupid reason #4 – “Most of the games today are rubbish – I’m sure I can do better”

Of all the stupid reasons to set up a development company (or even to just try and get a job in the industry) #4 is one which crops up far too often. The logic behind it seems to be that a huge percentage of games that reach the market are badly made, unoriginal, poorly tuned […]

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Warm up North

I attended the inaugural Northern Exposure gaming conference yesterday, which took place at York Racecourse. The event was organised by North-based games networks GameHorizon and Game Republic and was focused on the future of games publishing and the impact of digital distribution. There were a number of interesting and lively talks given by a variety […]

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