Category Archives: Start-up

Relating to start-up companies.

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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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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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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Grand Theft Auto Syndrome

Grand Theft Auto Syndome is a disorder which afflicts small start-up developers and causes them to believe that their small team is actually five or six times its actual size. As a result they decide that their first project will be a Grand Theft Auto beater, requiring three years development and a $15 million development […]

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Why publishers don`t buy game ideas…

The concept of selling game ideas is one that appeals to a lot of people, especially those outside the industry looking to break in. In a recent post over on Gamedev.net (Link) someone once again asked the question of how to go about getting $10 million from a publisher for a game idea (with no […]

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Stupid Reason #3 – “I have a great idea for a game”

Making games requires creativity and a great game idea is an important part of that. However, starting a company need more than just a great game idea. If you are looking to go the digital download/self publishing route you also need to know how to market your company and your games to customers and how […]

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Stupid reason #2 – “I have just been sacked”

A sudden change of circumstances isn’t a good reason to start a business (unless you have spent the previous few months planning to do so). Being made redundant can be a stressful event and for that reason isn’t ideal for planning a company. There is a lot of planning and research that should be undertaken […]

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Stupid reason #1 – “My boss is stupid”

The supposed stupidity of others is never a good reason to start a business. I get quite a few start-up developers contacting me for advise. When asked why they are setting up their own business one of the (many) reasons quoted is often “the management of the team we work for are stupid. We know […]

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