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 Points are to Xbox. This entry discusses why this would be a valuable addition for Valve, developers, gamers and even retailers.
Have you ever thought about becoming an indie game developer? Has your game company just gone under, sick of working for publishers or do you just want to break into the games industry? Whatever the reason, one thing that rings true for all Indie developers is the goal of making a good game. A lot of friends in the games industry have recently made the decision to “go Indie”. I thought I’d write up my guide to becoming an indie game developer taken from my experience and the experience of friends both starting out and with completed independent games.
I’ve used a lot of scripting languages over the years when developing games. For my latest engine, I decided I’d use C# as the scripting language. I’ve been amazed by how well C# works as a scripting language so I thought I’d share my experiences. The technique I’m about to discuss gives game designers access to a fully-featured language and IDE with compile-time checking all while allowing run-time changes. I use run-time compilation to achieve the flexibility of a scripting language combined with the power of a .NET language.
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 bashandslash.com they interviewed Rob Bowling the community manager at Infinity Ward. I’ve gone through their chat with a fine toothcomb and picked out the facts. If you don’t have time to listen to the chat (over 2 hours) then the following notes should give you the facts as they currently stand. I’ll then give my opinion on this decision along with a solution.
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 platform is best for them, this article will help you in making that decision.
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.
The Model View Controller (MVC) pattern has been used with great success in business software development for years. Despite this, it has never fully been picked up by the games industry. Today I’m going to discuss why the MVC pattern is perfect for game development. Read More
Test Driven Development (TDD) has steadily grown in popularity among non-game programmers. Despite this, it has not been widely adopted in game development. Today I’m going to discuss why TDD is suited to games development and how it frees developers and designers to experiment with “finding the fun” without breaking core gampelay.
Sid Meier once said “A game is a series of interesting choices” . By focussing on the choices made by the player, we can create better games through Choice Driven Design. This focus on player choice should happen both at design and implementation time for best results. I will discuss why the focus on choices is so important, how this fits in with agile game development and give some practical ways of mapping out the choices made by the player.