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48 year old IT Security Duder. I live in airplanes. Not working in the video game industry, but I read/watch all your GDC talks - with an affection for research papers on software architecture, models and methodology.

AAAS Science & NPG Nature magazines are my Penthouse & Playboy.

Video game business strategy is my Fantasy Football.

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Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:58:00 EST in
Germany's software rating organization USK presented their annual report for 2009. They tested 3100 games (114 more than last year) and only seven percent were rated M for Mature.

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:47:00 EST in
I present some of the lists of Game Developers, Programmers, Designers, PR and Marketing on Twitter.

Posted by Alex Covic on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:10:00 EST in
The infamous German BPjM ("Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons") strikes again as predicted, hurting sales in a rich country. 1st amendment rights have no stand.

Posted by Alex Covic on Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:23:00 EDT in
Families of the victims of a school attack in a town called Winnenden, (Germany) organized a demonstration on October 17th in Stuttgart. They are proclaiming "Families against Killlergames" - "Return your game & win a t-shirt"

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 01:44:00 EDT in Production
Know your video game market! A recently published study about the Internet usage in Germany. Almost 70% of Germans are online. More than 43 Million over 14 years are online. DSL/Broadband in 2009 61,5 %

Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:10:00 EDT in Production
I found a niche how I can maybe be helpful to the Gamasutra Community: I will report and comment about the video games business in Germany. I was born there and live in that country for around 40 years. I'm neither working nor associated with any company.

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Comment In: [Blog - 11/18/2014 - 01:51]

For a dev kit, which ...

For a dev kit, which is targeted at devs, having one third of the audience playing on a notebook and without dedicated GPUs is ... mind-boggling Who are these people, owning DK2 's

Comment In: [Blog - 11/05/2014 - 07:04]

Military funerals are as real ...

Military funerals are as real as shooting guns, or 'killing people ' ... inside video games r n r nThis argument does not fly at all. r n r nYou are projecting your real world moral opinions into the virtual world. You could equally deny the game to make you ...

Comment In: [News - 10/28/2014 - 10:25]

Ah, too bad X-Wing Alliance ...

Ah, too bad X-Wing Alliance is not among those games. Would deserve a patch/update for modern PCs.

Comment In: [News - 10/27/2014 - 06:09]

In such conversations , I ...

In such conversations , I always quote Peter Molyneux, who once said: Nobody cares about graphics after ten minutes ... of playing .

Comment In: [News - 10/07/2014 - 01:03]

It takes balls to 'cut ...

It takes balls to 'cut back ' on your main star, because YOU know it is the right thing - especially in a video game, which has to sell well. r n r nI do think, Alien - as a character - is a special case, since players already expect ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/29/2014 - 01:05]

My first reaction, seen The ...

My first reaction, seen The Curators on my new Steam UI was WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE . r n r nI may trust Valve to have some crazy good algorithms in 10 years to sort this out, after I have clicked through e v e r y game several time ...