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Richard Hill-Whittall's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

I am the Head of Development at Icon Games Entertainment; responsible for the design and visual production of all titles and the organisation and staffing of the teams. I also plan all future product development.

Specialties

Studio management, art direction, music & audio, project management, game design, business development, financial budgeting & planning.

 

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Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:35:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
This post covers our recent experiences with a Groupees bundle, which included our game ‘Life of Pixel’. We made some mistakes, and wanted to share those so you can avoid doing the same!


Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:16:00 EST in Business/Marketing
Our first Vita development experience has been an interesting one. Personally it has financially ruined me; so many months of development all funded by not taking any wages.


Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:33:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
We have now reached a crossroads whereby we have developed our two titles, Pub Games and VTrax to a point, which is somewhere around Alpha. We are out of money now though, so the future is uncertain...


Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:06:00 EST in
For the past 4 months we have been developing two titles for PlayStation Mobile – ‘Life of Pixel’ and ‘MegaBlast’... here are our experiences.


Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:06:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Running an Indie Studio, PR and TIGA. It has been a very interesting and busy few weeks recently with more ups and downs than a Rollercoaster.


Posted by Richard Hill-Whittall on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:08:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
We’d like to suggest relaxing IPA a little (or ideally removing it completely) and for Sony to encourage all type of game experiences from AAA through to bite-sized casual gaming experiences (PSVita specific Minis PLEASE!).



Richard Hill-Whittall's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/31/2013 - 12:16]

Thanks Wes. And you 're ...

Thanks Wes. And you 're spot-on, time heals and also let 's you re-focus and reflect on what you have learned going forward.

Comment In: [News - 03/25/2013 - 09:48]

Brilliant stuff - I have ...

Brilliant stuff - I have been asking Sony for so long to loosen the concept approvals process, and now they 've effectively killed it. Very welcome news. r n r n@Matthew Mouras - It isn 't a hassle actually working with an Account Manager - it is actually a positive ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/03/2013 - 01:33]

No - we 've only ...

No - we 've only chatted to SCEE. PubFund is a SCEA thing, and from our experiences with SCEA so far we didn 't think there was a lot of point. r n r nWe did several PSP Minis in the past, and found SCEA to be very unhelpful with ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/03/2012 - 05:01]

I can't see how they ...

I can't see how they will have an issue with the overall 'grant total' number as it gives no breakdown. EDIT: To be on the safe-side grand total ammended.

Comment In: [Blog - 01/03/2012 - 04:59]

We've found so far Vita ...

We've found so far Vita great to work with, and from an art perspective which is my role I have found it incredibly powerful. So far all aspects of the engine conversion have gone as good as we could have hoped, and the dev tools and performance analysing stuff are ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/15/2011 - 12:48]

Yep - and pretty much ...

Yep - and pretty much all the things you list there are all the things not being done by UK Gov. Seems they just don't care, and from the attitude of those present at the lunch that is very unlikely to change. It is incredibly frustrating - such backwards, blinkered ...