Working From Home As An Indie

Now that I’m officially a full-time indie game developer, for the first time in my life I am working from home full-time on games. Many of my game developer friends have also started working full-time from home in the past few months, partly because of all the game studios shutting down in our city recently. Working from home has its own set of unique challenges that aren’t initially obvious. Today’s entry is a list of tips I use to be as productive as I can while striking a good work-life balance.

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Company of Heroes Online Shutdown: Facts, Verdict and Solution

Many people know I think Company of Heroes is the greatest RTS of all time. Today I found out that Company of Heroes Online (CoHO), the free to play spin-off from the CoH series is shutting down.  This made me irrationally sad, considering it’s “just a computer game”. I’ve been playing CoHO for at least an hour per day for the past few months and loving it. The main differences between CoH and CoHO are in the MMO style commander that you level up over time to receive new abilities you can use in battle. There is a lot of misinformation around on the internet and after my last successful “Facts, Verdict, Solution”, I thought I’d do one for Company of Heroes Online:

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Is There A Unity Penetration Issue?

I hear a lot of game developers refusing to use Unity for web games because of penetration. David Edery made a point of discussing this during his keynote at GCAP last year. Today I’ve decided to formulate my thoughts on why I disagree with this argument and why I think you should be using Unity.

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Unity 3 Review

We’ve just finished our first iPhone/iPad game with Unity 3, Flick Buddies.  This post is a review of our experiences with Unity including its pros and cons.  The review is slightly slanted toward iOS development however I touch on stand-alone and web-player builds as we created these versions in parallel.

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Flick Buddies Released!

Flick Buddies has just been released around the world for iPad and iPhone.  You can grab it from the App Store below:

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Flick Buddies: Multiplayer action for iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch

For the past three months I’ve been secretly working on a new project, Flick Buddies. Along with Shauno from Squid Tank we’ve been busily putting together a multiplayer action game for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The game is built around a simple premise of flicking little characters from your corner into the goal. With lots of obstacles to dodge and special abilities to help you score while stopping your opponents from scoring. Flick Buddies supports up to 4 players on a single iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Should Indies Go To Conferences?

There are an increasing number of game development related conferences happening around the world.  I went to GDC and Freeplay earlier this year and I’m attending GCAP tomorrow.  Gamification has just been announced and it seems like the changing landscape in game development is being mirrored in the conferences held.  Whenever conference time comes around I hear a lot of debate within the indie scene about their value.  Today I’ll discuss the ways I determine whether a conference is worth attending and hope to help you with the decision.

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The Indie Condition

I went to Freeplay Independent Game Festival in Melbourne, Australia on the weekend.  It was a good conference with inspirational talks and a great opportunity to catch up on many of my friends in the indie scene.  I noticed a trend among many indie developers I spoke to and wanted to raise some thoughts in this post.  Many indie developers were developing their first game with a common complaint being that they didn’t have enough time to work on it.  Today’s post is talking about this common condition and some thoughts on alleviating it.

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Beyond Facebook For Social Games

Where is social gaming heading in the coming years and where does Facebook fit in?  Facebook is the dominant platform in social gaming as the games industry strives to reach a broader audience and expand its market share.  Today I discuss the current landscape of social gaming and where we are heading in the coming years.

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Mindie – Bridging The Gap Between Mainstream And Indie

Mindie Game DeveloperI’m a mindie game developer and proud of it.  But what does that mean?  I’ve noticed a trend lately when it comes to indie developers.  It seems to be all or nothing.  You’re either Indie, with your beard and rebellious attitude or you’re mainstream with your suit and love of money.  Why does it need to be so black and white?  Am I the only person that wants to fit nicely in the middle, making deep and meaningful games that make a healthy profit?  Can I be the bearded guy in a suit, or the clean shaven guy in a polo shirt?  What’s wrong with wanting to be “mainstream indie”, or a “mindie” game developer?

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