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Ryan Christensen's Blog


Game developer and software engineer.

I work at Drawlabs Game Studio where I make web games, mobile games, desktop games and game middleware from network servers/clients to stats tracking and community tools for contract, white label and internal products.

I write about tracking web/mobile game development at:

I also participate in SupaSupa Games a collective of game developers in Phoenix making fun games for new markets.

Previously I worked at 2XL Games, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, and Prizelogic + Nomadic Agency making web, interactive, mobile (iPhone/iPad/iPod/iOS/Android) and multi-platform desktop games, apps, web interactives and tools for entertainment/promotion.

"There is no subject more captivating, more worthy of study, than nature. To understand this great mechanism, to discover the forces which are active, and the laws which govern them, is the highest aim of the intellect of man."
-- Nikola Tesla


Ryan Christensen's Comments

Comment In: [News - 10/22/2014 - 12:49]

You are the canary in ...

You are the canary in the coal mine, they better keep you happy haha. r n r nMore seriously, if a bunch of good devs at Unity leave then we know it isn 't good. John has to make all developers happy, both internal and external, as those are the ...

Comment In: [News - 10/15/2014 - 09:21]

Google Play has an even ...

Google Play has an even worse curation problem than iTunes. They could make much more. r n r nI hope Google Play and iTunes take into account Steam 's latest editions that have made finding games more fun. I also hope the top charts eventually add in ranges to the ...

Comment In: [News - 09/19/2014 - 06:40]

GC, unless one day better, ...

GC, unless one day better, will always lag manual memory handling. It does get a bad name as it can do fine with most systems today for most types of games. r n r nHowever when you are eeking out that last bit of performance and memory, and there is ...

Comment In: [News - 09/20/2014 - 04:12]

Samsung has an immense opportunity ...

Samsung has an immense opportunity for innovation and working with Carmack here. This would also get developers to like Samsung more if they changed for gamers and essentially a gamedev hero/leader. Hope they don 't fumble it.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/12/2014 - 08:44]

It must be hexagons all ...

It must be hexagons all the way down. Mind blown on the Q bert hexagon hiding in plain sight.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/28/2014 - 08:37]

Lots of rewards systems mimic ...

Lots of rewards systems mimic this in a way while you are away from the game as well. When you return your characters/team/group/guild has earned you a reward. Encouraging returns in a more low-impact way but spread out over time for dedicated players. Even mobile has daily, weekly, monthly rewards ...