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Lena LeRay's Blog


Lena LeRay is a writer for Gamasutra sister site Her day job is teaching English in Japan as a JET Program participant. She is teaching herself programming as she goes.


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Posted by Lena LeRay on Sun, 25 May 2014 10:06:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
As Rami Ismail pointed out recently, English is the defacto lingua franca of video games. This affects both the diversity of the games we play and how games can be distributed.

Posted by Lena LeRay on Sat, 03 May 2014 05:40:00 EDT in Design, Serious
A couple posts ago, I talked about being a JET Program ALT, teaching English in Japan, and how and why I hit upon using Twine to make games for my students. In this post, I talk a bit about how I've gone about starting to implement my plan.

Posted by Lena LeRay on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:25:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Some of the Japanese developers who went to BitSummit this year got together recently and streamed themselves drinking and talking (mostly about the Japanese indie scene). Here are some things I pulled out of their conversation.

Posted by Lena LeRay on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:16:00 EDT in Design, Serious
By day, I am a JET Program participant, teaching English to Japanese kids who have no choice about taking my classes. I want to use my programming and game design knowledge to enrich their education by giving them fun things to read.

Posted by Lena LeRay on Sun, 22 Dec 2013 02:56:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Indie
Loveshack Entertainment's Framed recently obtained the support of Indie Fund. This is an interview I did with Joshua Boggs about what that means for Framed's development.

Posted by Lena LeRay on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:35:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
Angry Engineers Entertainment funding for a multiplayer survival sandbox game set in space. Gameplay will pit players against each other and the highly interactive environment.

Lena LeRay's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/25/2014 - 10:06]

Thanks for taking the time ...

Thanks for taking the time to write such an in-depth response. I agree that there 's a lot of overlap from site to site. I think all of us at are really interested in helping people who aren 't in that circle of news get seen. I 'm glad ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/03/2014 - 05:40]

If your foreign language skills ...

If your foreign language skills are good enough, you can play any game in that language. Until you reach that point, it 's usually a slog, as you experienced. That 's why I 'm trying to tailor games starting with one, but want to do more to my students ' ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/10/2014 - 08:16]

I have the advantage of ...

I have the advantage of being in a rural town, and the elementary school just has me be The Main English Teacher overall, so I make sure to teach them that the name and the pronunciation are different things as early as possible. I still kinda suck at actually teaching ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/24/2014 - 09:25]

Christian: There is definitely some ...

Christian: There is definitely some terminology discussion going on regarding terms in Japan vs. the west amongst the developers here. I had a Twitter conversation with some Japanese developers a couple of months ago regarding 12452 12531 12487 12451 12540 12474 12466 12540 12512 vs. indie game , the only ...

Comment In: [News - 07/18/2013 - 06:48]

No problem. ...

No problem.

Comment In: [News - 07/09/2013 - 01:06]

I didn 't participate in ...

I didn 't participate in MolyJam this year because obligations conflicted with it. I know at least one person who wanted to participate but didn 't find out when it was until there were only a few hours left. So maybe there was trouble getting the word out