Simon Carless's Blog
I’m currently the EVP of UBM Tech’s Game Network and Black Hat, meaning that I oversee the Game Developers Conference – the San Francisco mothership and satellite shows in Los Angeles, Germany, and China – plus the double Webby award-winning Gamasutra website, the GAO ad network and now the Black Hat set of security events and the App Developers Conference.
I’m also Chairman Emeritus of the yearly ‘Sundance Festival for games’, the Independent Games Festival, which holds its awards at GDC yearly. I also chair the committee for the Game Developers Choice Awards, and help program the Independent Games Summit for multiple GDCs.
Talking to Drei co-creator Christian Etter about his slept-on iOS title and why he thinks app discoverability needs to change.
As a personal project, I've been curating some awesome video game eBooks into bundles with the folks at Storybundle - here's the latest, ft. some vital reading about the history/future of games.
Digging up an interview I did over 15 years ago with Populous, Black & White, Fable co-creator Peter Molyneux and his unruly charge, Demis Hassabis.
Discussing the Video Game Storybundle I curated, out now - featuring books from Jordan Mechner to Ralph Baer and beyond.
A reprint of a 1997 interview with Apogee and 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller, a fascinating guy.
We're passing on recommendations for some of the more interesting lectures for press at GDC this year - perhaps useful for everyone who wants to check out some of the showier non-technical talks!
Simon Carless's Comments
[News - 11/20/2013 - 08:47]
Lance, you 're being a ...
Lance, you 're being a tad hyperbolic, but your point is taken - we 've further re-edited the story so that we 're not being, uh, a tad hyperbolic.
[News - 11/06/2013 - 09:27]
Not entirely fair, Tasley - ...
Not entirely fair, Tasley - he did a clear mea culpa at the start of his talk, which I 've now made sure is clearly in the Gamasutra write-up - it was not there before. So I think he 's learned a lot - and he said as much.
[News - 08/27/2013 - 07:28]
There seems to have been ...
There seems to have been some weird automated backers, per NeoGAF, for EDMH - http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php p 78606477 postcount 62 - but it doesn 't seem to have affected the average backer. Maybe whoever did it was smart and set up a bunch of email addresses to each contribute 50 or ...
[Blog - 07/16/2013 - 06:10]
I did recently advise an ...
I did recently advise an indie game creator friend of mine to create a 'review embargo ' for his game, purely on the concept that only big publishers do that normally, so it would make it feel like a game everybody should review. :P But I guess that 's a ...
[News - 07/12/2013 - 06:50]
We 've added a paragraph ...
We 've added a paragraph to that effect, Aaron, and having been to Shanghai a few times and seen the massive array of consoles and software already available, I agree with you.
[Blog - 04/24/2013 - 08:41]
My nomination: Squiffy. It 's ...
My nomination: Squiffy. It 's a bit like the music genre 'skweee ', only indicates the 'looking slightly drunken-ness ' of the main characters in all these games.