Making games in 48 hours is hard. But what can you do to increase your chances of success? How can you prepare yourself for a game programming competition, such as the Global Game Jam, which takes place this weekend?
Many developers will tell you putting your game out in the wild is really scary. While the blunt feedback of random people can be relentless and soul crushing, it might impact your game for the better. Read on to find how to get useful feedback from play tests, both during prototyping and in full development.
Character creation isn’t always the most thrilling part of a videogame. For the strategic card game Incarnate we wanted to put a unique spin on it by adding a dynamic soundtrack that adapts on the fly when you select different components to assemble your character.
What happens at PreviewLabs is pure sorcery and it’s not often we let our readers in on the magic we concoct behind closed doors. But since we’re feeling generous, we just released all documentation on the Siegebreaker prototype. There’s even a playable build!
Siegebreaker, the tower defense game by Crazy Monkey Studios we prototyped for, has been out for a couple of weeks now and the fine gentlemen at CMS are cool with us talking about the different steps we took and problems we faced while building their prototype.
It’s impossible to estimate how useful a certain technology will be to us without first exploring the technological boundaries. We spent the last few weeks stretching augmented reality to its limit in order to assess the possibilities the tech offers. Here’s some things we found out.
A recent trend in game development is augmented reality. In AR games, the real world is blended with a virtual world. This certainly is something that sounds very cool and triggers imagination. However, until now there hasn’t been a breakthrough, as the first mainstream AR game still needs to be developed.
On the second day of GDC Europe we drag our sore feet to a talk on game design by Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid and currently cooking up The Witness. His presentations are always inspirational and we were happily surprised he patted the concept of prototyping on the back.
We’re in Cologne to attend the biggest gathering of game developers in Europe. GDC and gamescom are excellent to network and have fruitful business meetings, but it’s also a great place to attend quality talks on game design. We are ready, and so are our feet.
We’re opening our doors once again to give you a unique look into the inner workings of our company. This time we take a look at the prototyping process of Color Collider, the colorful puzzle game by our client Crazy Monkey Studios that’s published by Capcom.
Success tastes a million times better than failure. Failing isn’t fun, but it’s in our human nature to make mistakes from time to time. When it’s bound to happen anyway, we’d better embrace our failures and find the value in them so we’re less likely to fail next time we try something out.