Alex Covic's Blog
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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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.
I present some of the lists of Game Developers, Programmers, Designers, PR and Marketing on Twitter.
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.
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"
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 %
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.
Alex Covic's Comments
[News - 12/23/2014 - 01:39]
There is a Twitch channel ...
There is a Twitch channel for quite some time now, called Double Fine Game Club which has a tiny but dedicated group of DF fans. A dude from Australia is running it, playing older games, while having gamedevs answering questions in the IRC chat during the session about their game. ...
[Blog - 12/18/2014 - 03:55]
... and then you have ...
... and then you have to deal with crazy people, like me, who try to run games on 3 or 5 monitors 5760x1200/6000x1920 portrait mode or on one 1920x640 just for the fun of it ... trying to see if and how the UI scales. r n r n... but ...
[Blog - 12/17/2014 - 01:51]
Sorry. No. I disagree. If ...
Sorry. No. I disagree. If you want to show off potentially great ideas , show them to your friends and peers. Release a free demo outside the Steam economy. You can do that whenever you feel like it. r n r nSteam users are not your Angel Investors although, that ...
[News - 12/12/2014 - 01:39]
I liked physics in games ...
I liked physics in games since I first played PONG as a little kid. r n r nHavok has its place in video game history, for sure. Looking towards the future though, there is a lot of competition now - not just the free Nvidia GameWorks/PhysX SDK. Whatever is more ...
[News - 12/12/2014 - 10:11]
To a degree Steam/Valve has ...
To a degree Steam/Valve has a high-frequency trading look-alike system in place, with these instant micro-transactions Users exploiting the process with scripts and bots is certainly no surprise. I am amazed that it works rather reliably the rest of the year.
[News - 12/11/2014 - 10:13]
Developers and artists censor themselves ...
Developers and artists censor themselves and their right of free speech, to be able to make a buck with Apple. It 's bad enough. r n r nThis game mechanic is/was meaningful. It was made to make you feel uncomfortable. To make you 'think '. r n r nNaked Porn ...