Creating Sustainable Facebook Games

How much do you think it costs to play the average Facebook game if you pay to play?  While at GDC this year I spoke with a number of Facebook game developers about the spending habits of the average Facebook gamer.  They told me I would never believe how much money the average “soccer mom” gamer was spending, and they were right.  After some quick research I found that a game like FrontierVille can cost up to $60/hour.  That is more than any other video game, ranging from arcades to subscription based MMO’s.  Are payments of this magnitude sustainable?  Today I discuss how we can make sustainable games for Facebook and convert the new, huge, Facebook market into long-term gamers.

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Making An Indie Game In Your Spare Time

[This is a guest post by James Bowling, from Last Level Games]

For the last 3 or 4 months I’ve been working on a start-up gaming company, Last Level Games. I’ve been tackling server side development, while a friend manages the client side. We both do this outside of our day jobs. We’ll have our first game looking for release in about a month, and another project we’re keen to get back on very soon.
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Reaching The Casual Market By Limiting Actions

The casual games market seems to have taken over the industry of late.  From GDC to water-cooler conversations around the office, everyone is talking about it.  Much of this discussion also sees Facebook and the games on it in a negative light.  Why is this?  Today I’m going to dig a little deeper into the current casual games and propose a way we can embrace this new casual market.

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Fanatical Pragmatism in Software Development

I’ve caught the pragmatism bug.  Everything I do now is the most pragmatic way I can possibly complete the task.  This all started when my time started costing me money; when I started working for myself.  I like to think of it as “The product justifies the means”.  Today I’m going to briefly describe what I mean by fanatical pragmatism with some concrete rules I’ve been following recently.

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Narrative Death vs Game Mechanic Death

[Spoiler Warning: Small spoilers about two modern games are contained in this post, without specific details].  Two of the most popular games of 2010 have involved narrative death of the player character.  That is, the death of the player during the story elements of the game, specifically a cut-scene.  Both Mass Effect 2 and Modern Warfare 2 took their narratives to a deeper level with these plot devices, however they were both watered down by one key problem which I’m discussing today.

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Review: Certified ScrumMaster for Video Game Development with Clinton Keith

In the days leading up to GDC this year Clinton Keith held a ScrumMaster course specifically for video game development.  I attended the course and in this blog post I share my experiences with a brief review for anyone thinking of attending or sending some of their developers to attend.

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Fun Over Features – Manifesto for Agile Game Development

I spent the first two days of GDC undertaking my Scrum Master Certification.  As part of this course we had to add an extra item to the agile manifesto.  I came up with the concept of “Fun over Features”.  Focus on finding fun within your game rather than just adding features in the hopes “fun” will emerge out of the features in the future.

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Finding Indie Game Developers

Back in 2006 I wrote an article detailing one of the biggest problems I saw with indie game development.  Since then, I’ve seen a rise in another problem that I’ll outline today.  This problem stems from the lack of communication within the indie game industry and I look for possible solutions.

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Best Graphics Programming and Game Programming Blogs

Below are a collection of Blogs relating to game development, primarily graphics programming. Use your favourite reader (eg Google Reader) to read them.  Know of any blogs not on the list that you can recommend? Add a comment and I’ll add them to the list. Big thanks to Damian Trebilco for help with the list.  The blogs are listed alphabetically rather than by any preference of mine.

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Fluent Game Design With Fluent Interfaces

Game designers often find themselves writing code in modern games.  Often, they have little to no programming experience and therefore must be taught the basics of programming (sequence, conditionals and loops).  I propose utilizing a technique that simplifies the code written by game designers in their games.  This technique is known as “Fluent Interfaces”.

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