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Greg Holsclaw's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

For the last five years, I worked in Silicon Valley at a profitable, self funded startup leading the engineering team including web sites, infrastructure and iOS apps. Ending that profitable run, and secure enough to turn a new corner, forming my own company.

Now all my energy is focused on mobile game development, specifically iOS development. As the founder of Skejo Studios, we are pulling together some talented artists and game desigers to bring new twists to mobile platformers, and explore innovative play styles. As a self funded indie group, we aim to try new game play styles on old ideas. I also write some more technical pieces on my personal blog.

Most coveted compliment, "This crazy guy just makes games he wants to play!"

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:10:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Deadlines. Love them or Hate them. Evil things that demand overtime from underpaid artists and engineers, or the only thing produces use that nails down those creative types to actually deliver assets. Here is my experience with our latest project.


Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:20:00 EDT in Design, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Having not taken a regular course of level design outside those offered by the experiences of life and trial and effort, I now endeavor to document the phases of level design and polishing that went into Lab Bunnies.


Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:04:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Those were the direct words of someone I really respect, forcing me to confront a stalled project, and what it might take to get it back on track. My question to the game world, is this true?


Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Tue, 05 Jun 2012 05:55:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Operation: Eradicate, has been in the AppStore a bit over three months, and I wanted to give a report of the ups and downs regarding the financial outlook of the game. Eradicate was a great game for us to create, laying a good foundation for our studio.


Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:01:00 EDT in Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Following up on the Development Post-Mortem I wrote for our new iOS game Operation: Eradicate, I wanted to give a quick look into how our marketing push was planned and how the first few weeks of sales went.


Posted by Greg Holsclaw on Sun, 04 Mar 2012 10:04:00 EST in Production, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
The post-mortem of Skejo Studios' Operation: Eradicate, an iOS turn based strategy game. Slides included at the bottom.



Greg Holsclaw's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 10/18/2012 - 05:04]

Michael, you definitely seem to ...

Michael, you definitely seem to be echoing the term, 'Hire fast, fire fast '.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/31/2012 - 12:30]

Working prototypes are the differentiators. ...

Working prototypes are the differentiators. The old adage, talk is silver, code is gold still applies.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/04/2012 - 07:19]

Great job putting together that ...

Great job putting together that survey. Look forward to the results.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/04/2012 - 08:26]

This argument has a selection ...

This argument has a selection issue. Only the studios and games that made money are considered. What about the graphic artists, developers and other talent that got a steady paycheck for 8 months working on a game that tanked. Should they give their paychecks back The founders or studio publishers ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/06/2012 - 04:14]

A bit a stretch to ...

A bit a stretch to use Chess and Go as your examples of min-max optimal moves. It is true that known openings, and the end game can be very deterministic in chess, but the true life of the game is in the middle game, where choice progressions can last 5-10 ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/18/2011 - 05:25]

@Evan and Andrew, Great points, ...

@Evan and Andrew, Great points, both of you. I think that student groups are very much a special case. One, they are usually guided at times by advisers or research grants though not always when a group congeals at a local game jam , and student groups are rarely long ...