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Brainstorming game ideas - GameDevElement episode #3

Episode #3 of GameDevElement is up!

Lots of tips and advice on brainstorming ideas for a new game by Adriel Wallick.

We also talk about rubber ducks!

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think!

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Physical local multiplayer - GameDevElement episode #2

Episode #2 of GameDevElement is up!

Great insight into the physical aspect of local multiplayer games by Alistair Aitcheson.

SPOILER: The game itself is not necessarily the objective!

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think!

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Finding an art style - GameDevElement episode #1

The very first episode of GameDevElement is now online!

This week's topic is about finding an art style for your game, and I get to chat with Tino van der Kraan from SassyBot Studio who shares his thoughts and experience.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think!

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Announcing GameDevElement

GameDevElement logo So…I'm starting a YouTube series called GameDevElement.

The series will feature weekly videos where I invite people in the industry to share their experiences and insights on different aspects of game development: something by game developers for game developers.

The concept behind these videos is to have developers recount their own experiences related to the process of developing and distributing a game. Each video will focus on one particular topic (for example deciding on an art style; or playtesting; or planning a distribution strategy) with the developer recounting what she has done, learned, and what her opinion is.

I am not trying to create instructional/how-to videos, not only because there are many of those around already, but particularly since I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all recipe. Every situation is different. I just want to make those nuances available so that people can take away the lessons which are valuable to them and apply those lessons to their own circumstances.

In this regard my role is not to interview, but rather to facilitate a conversational dialogue…to chat.

To start, I'm aiming for 5 – 10 minute long videos, featuring footage of the guest's games/projects with the conversation as audio. We'll see how that evolves over time, where I'd like to turn this into something a bit more reactive/interactive. But baby steps.

I hope that this will become a medium for people to benefit from having direct access to their peers who have been there before and want to share their first-hand experiences, be they successes or failures.

P.S. I hope you get the terrible homophone pun in GameDevElement. If you do, then allow me to engage in some self-mockery:Double facepalm

Introducing the Malta Unity User Group!

Malta Unity User Group logo

We are starting a local group for Unity users and developers to exchange ideas, share experiences and help each other create awesome games using Unity.

We are having our very first meet on Tuesday 2nd December at 6:30pm, and it is going to be a very special kick off event as we will be joined by Unity's own Andy Brammall, Alex McCredie and Andy Touch who will be telling us all about Unity 5!

We also have some great content lined up from local studios Pixie Software, 5¼ Games and Codemasters for a jam packed evening of game development goodness!

We shall be meeting at the Microsoft Innovation Center Malta at SkyParks in Luqa. The fine folks over there are generously hosting us at their premises.

More details to come soon!

The group is open to everyone! You don’t need to be a Unity expert to attend. Whether you are still a beginner or an experienced Unity user, come and join us.

The event is free, but please help us out and RSVP on Eventbrite or on the Facebook event page so we can get a better idea of numbers and prepare accordingly

18:30 Introduction
Alex McCredie - Unity Technologies
18:40 Unity 5
Andy Touch - Unity Technologies
19:20 - Break -
19:35 Unity 5
Andy Touch - Unity Technologies
20:15 - Break -
20:30 Making life easy through precompiler directives
Stephen Caruana - Pixie Software
20:45 Unity through a technical developer's lens
Alan Duca - 5¼ Games
21:00 Codemasters
21:15 We'll head off for some drinks and a chat

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