Game Developer Interview: Alex Norton – Game Programmer

May 11, 2012

Brisbane has had a lot of success with indie games over the past few years. From Halfbricks’ Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride to Defiant Developments’ Ski Safari just a couple of weeks ago. Hoping to follow this success, Alex Norton has just started a Kickstarter campaign for his game, Malevolence. I decided to interview Alex […]


Test Driven Game Development Experiences

November 23, 2011

We’ve just wrapped up our first game that employs full Test Driven Development (TDD) practices. I’ll share my experiences, good and bad, now that we’re completely finished the first version of the project. I’ve spoken previously about Test Driven Game Development (TDGD) but a lot of that was theoretical so today I’d like to give some more concrete […]


Where Is Virtual Reality?

January 14, 2010

Have you ever used Virtual Reality?  Whether the big cumbersome headsets in the early 90’s or the sleeker more refined technology of today, chances are you’ve encountered virtual reality in your travels.  It was touted as the “next big thing” in computers and was expected to be in every home but it never eventuated.  Today […]


Building A Strong Indie Game Development Team

January 7, 2010

Are you looking to set up an independent game development team?  You’ll need a team that covers all areas of game development including programming, art, design, sound, project management and business.  You need to pick the right people that can work together for months or even years.  Below are some tips for putting the right […]


Would Steam Points Work?

November 11, 2009

Steam’s having great success at the moment, with 40% market share making it the #1 platform for online game distribution.  They’ve expanded from in-house games to publishing titles of all shapes and sizes (from Modern Warfare 2 to Osmos).  I’ve always thought they were missing something, Steam Points.  Steam Points would be to Steam as Microsoft […]


IWNET: Facts, Verdict and Solution

October 27, 2009

Infinity Ward (IW), creator of the Call of Duty/Modern Warfare series are about to release Modern Warfare 2 (MW2).  By now, you would have heard about their completely new multiplayer setup and the 160K+ petition for dedicated servers.  In a podcast on they interviewed Rob Bowling the community manager at Infinity Ward.  I’ve gone through […]


What Platform Should You Develop Your Next Game For?

October 19, 2009

I’ve been talking with a number of Indie game developer friends about what platform they should develop their next game for.  There are a number of great platforms available to game developers and this choice of platform is critical to the success of your game.  Many people have a game idea, but aren’t sure what […]


Unified Game Development Scripting Language

October 5, 2009

What is the best scripting language for game development?  Every different game engine has its own scripting language making for a difficult choice.  Game programmers have a unified language in C++ however game designers are left with whatever language their engine supports.  I propose a unified scripting language that all engines/platforms can share.