Archive for January, 2006

ESA: Sales, demographics and usage data

The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has released 2005 ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT THE COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY.
“19% of Americans over 50 play video games”

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Ta Da! Make It Big In Games

Jeff Tunnell of Garage Games has launched a new blog site call Make It Big In Games.

“Six years ago when we started GarageGames I didn’t truly know if “indies” could succeed in making a living making games without large publisher support. In fact, unaffiliated game developers were not even called indies back then, but we didn’t like the name “shareware developer”, so we used the name indie and it stuck. Now I absolutely know you can make a living making games, and I have developed many strategies to help you succeed.

I’ll explore those ideas in future posts, and hope to make it into a two way street by having a companion wiki at makeitbigingames wiki. The MBG wiki is open, but not ready for prime time yet, so look for it in the future.”

Good luck Jeff! Link

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Moving to subversion

I’ve recently decided to move my source control from my local visual SourceSafe setup to a subversion hosting company. A host can provide better security through features like power backup, security monitoring, RAID 5 etc. Sure, I could set all this up myself, but that is time I’m not putting into my game. I believe this is a core strategy to success. Every time I find away to get someone else to do a task it means more time to put it into my games. Plus, if my house burns down (knocks on wood) my code is completely safe and secure.

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Wolfgang Engel of the Shader X 4 is calling for essay proposal for the Shader X 5 which is going to include a new mobile section that deals with advanced rendering techniques on mobile chips. Proposals are due by February 28th, 2006. Please send them to wolf at shaderx.com. Writing guidelines and a FAQ can be requested from the same e-mail address.

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“The journey to Marble Blast on the 360 has finally come to an end. Today at around 2:30pm PST, the game went up on XBox Live Arcade servers. Since then, over 1000 people have posted high scores on the leaderboards, and the online forums have lit up with discussion of the game.” says Alex Swanson of GarageGames in his nice post doing a quick post mortems of art production. Even if you don’t read it, it is worth looking at the pretty pictures of the marble reflecting its surroundings. Link

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Texas proposes 100% Game Tax

Gamespot has a disturbing article about Texas politician Star Locke. Apparently his platform for governor includes a massive tax on ‘violent’ computer games. Link

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Chicago band Fall Out Boy sold 70,000 copies of their new album in one week after the music was featured on “Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland,” a skateboarding game, music scout Tim Riley said.

“They weren’t on the radio,” he said. “The only thing you can attribute the sales to is the game.” Activision has doubled its music spending in the last five years, Riley added.

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