Games Business

You are a Free Agent and That’s Not Bad News

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Do you have a job, or do you have a career? If you work in the games industry, then you probably have a career. It is unlikely you are working in this industry by accident, or that you think of your life as a series of jobs. So if you have a career, are you managing it yourself? If you ... Read More »

Free to Play (F2P) is Speed Dating

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You’ve got 5 minutes to make a good first impression. The mobile Free 2 Play player customer has improved their self-image. They no longer think of the game as “free.” To them, their time is valuable. They don’t want to waste their time when they could be entertained by a bombardment of pleasures competing for their attention. Name recognition. The ... Read More »

Social Media Clarity

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Introducing the Social Media Clarity Podcast For more than three decades, we’ve been using computers to mediate communications between people of like interests. It’s been called many things: Online Communities, Virtual Communities, Collaborative Computing, User Generated Content, and Social Media – just to name a few. As this process of socializing computing has become increasingly mainstream, many lessons have been learned along the way. ... Read More »

Game Industry Issues: When art begets violence

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  It appears game developers are back in the news again as the hell-spawned corruptors of America’s youth. The same youth who would otherwise be flawless citizens, always ready to help little old ladies across the street, if not for the presence of Halo, Grand Theft Auto and any other violence-centric video games that were hurled from of the sky, ... Read More »

GDC Prep: Bring Cards, Leave Resume

LAST MINUTE GDC PREP – PACK PLENTY OF BUSINESS CARDS – LEAVE THE RESUME IN YOUR SUITCASE Are you ready for GDC next week?  I really hope you remember your business cards. Over the years, I’ve seen people leave them behind and I just want to cry with the unfortunate person. Even if you aren’t looking for a new opportunity in ... Read More »

Are you looking for a job? You should be!

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This previously published article is the third in a series by Sheri Rubin about the “Three important things to know about layoffs.” Although video games are often considered a “recession resistant” industry, the last few years have proven that anything goes. You can talk to any veteran in the industry and they’ll gladly tell you their layoff stories as downsizing ... Read More »

Kickstarter Superpower interview with Dirk Knemeyer

Dirk Knemeyer has carved a career out of having an insatiable interest in everything and learning how to make his interests pay off for himself and others.  Whether he is creating new worlds online, connecting with people directly or through the written word, he captures the attention of his intended audience.  His creativity and innovation have been surpassed only by ... Read More »

Influence the Real Next Gen

Champlain College seeks Game Design Faculty If you think being a game designer isn’t quite enough of a challenge, you should consider the challenge of bringing up the next generation of game designers at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Students in the studio-style cohort of interdisciplinary majors can tell if the professor is a poseur — they can smell fear! You’ll ... Read More »

New book — Game Design Essentials

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An easy-to-follow primer on the fundamentals of digital game design. Our friend Briar Lee Mitchell, a professor at the Art Institute Online, has a new book available for pre-order at major bookstores like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. “The quickly evolving mobile market is spurring digital game creation into the stratosphere, with revenue from games exceeding that of the film ... Read More »

Game Development:  A Misunderstood Artform

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  You all know it, you go through it every day: the fans just don’t understand what we do. They whine, complain and claim that without any of the equipment, skill set, tools or know-how, they could do a better job. As a volunteer scoutmaster and First Lego League coach, I work with youth a lot in my spare time. ... Read More »