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Bram is an INDIEvidual with a life long interest in programming. He started out in 1982 on his ZX Spectrum. Bram is the sole author of the hit game The Little Crane That Could. This title has seen over 11M downloads to date.

 

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Posted by Bram Stolk on Wed, 15 May 2013 06:36:00 EDT in Design, Indie
When a game developer gets surprised by his own creation, it is often the A.I. doing things that the developer did not see coming. When this happens, we call it Emergent Behaviour. Other surprises will come from flesh-and-blood opponents though.


Posted by Bram Stolk on Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:40:00 EST in Programming, Indie
Be careful how you match up the participants in an online game session, or: why 300,000km/sec is sometimes slow.



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Comment In: [Blog - 04/03/2014 - 01:52]

A good way to spot ...

A good way to spot a doomed company: crunch time that lasts longer than a month. r nWhen this happens, extended hrs are counter productive.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/06/2014 - 05:01]

I can confirm this for ...

I can confirm this for my popular app store game. r n Based on 2.3M downloads in 2013. r nIn China, 1 in 165 people buy the full game through IAP. r nIn USA, 1 in 14.6 people do. r n r nFrom my experience, an American is over 10 ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/04/2014 - 11:58]

You should start your own ...

You should start your own video game company, with blackjack and hookers. r nAs a matter of fact, forget about the video game company. r n r nBut seriously: since Apple 's rise, you no longer need a publisher. r nEverything can be done from your basement. r nNo starting ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/31/2014 - 12:07]

People post a 2 pt ...

People post a 2 pt score not because it is funny, but because it is freaking hard to get 2 pts. My first 20 games or so were zero points.

Comment In: [News - 12/30/2013 - 09:43]

I found iTunes xmas to ...

I found iTunes xmas to be a bit weird this year: my ranking had a significant dip at xmas, and recovered after xmas. r nAnd yes, the big spike of last year is nowhere to be seen this year. r nhttp://topappcharts.com/408257810/app-details-the-little-crane-that-could.php

Comment In: [Blog - 12/17/2013 - 02:46]

There is such an off ...

There is such an off switch in iOS. r nIf it is switched off, both my BUY and my RESTORE PURCHASE buttons are greyed out in my app, and tapping them has no effect. r nhttp://docs.xamarin.com/guides/ios/application fundamentals/in-app purchasing/part 3 - purchasing consumable products/Images/image31.png