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Long time community-a-holic and esports fan. Author of the Developer Review series. Join me on at, and on twitter at @phyrefli2.


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Posted by Paul Allen on Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:00:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
Steam's Early Access has been a boon to indie developers, allowing them to reach unheard-of audiences. But does it have a core of failing studios and games that will never be finished?

Posted by Paul Allen on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:05:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
We've all gone on a tirade against "lazy devs" when we've felt cheated by an incomplete, buggy, half-working game. But is this fair, or should we be directing our ire elsewhere?

Posted by Paul Allen on Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:37:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
On Feb 5th we released Interstellar Marines in an Indiegala bundle. This is the second post about how the good intentions behind that turned into a PR disaster.

Posted by Paul Allen on Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:21:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
A look at how doing something for charity turned into a PR nightmare for us and our game.

Paul Allen's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 02/11/2016 - 02:00]

The aim of the article ...

The aim of the article was to look to see if there was any evidence of a side of Early Access that may be a stored problem which is growing. r n r nSuccesses are being dealt with, in that they are able to leave Early Access, and that would ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/28/2016 - 08:05]

The article is about directing ...

The article is about directing criticism in the right direction, not requesting the industry be immune to it. If anything I 'm all for studios being more open and honest with their communities. r n r nPersonally I 'm a big fan of authority responsibility. If you are responsible for ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/14/2015 - 01:54]

Great blog post, and great ...

Great blog post, and great read. It 's an unglamourous job that requires a really varied and ill-defined skill set that 's not really teachable . You 're either naturally someone who sees problems in advance and can work to fix them, or you 're not. r n r nStill, ...

Comment In: [News - 08/25/2015 - 04:12]

To build on what Mark ...

To build on what Mark mentioned, some other reasons are: r n r n1. Watching competitive matches, practices or events such as the recent TI or ESL One. r n2. Watching games that you either do not have and/or may be interested in getting. r n3. Charity streams. r n4. ...

Comment In: [News - 05/08/2015 - 02:29]

Really great video, thoroughly enjoyed ...

Really great video, thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Comment In: [News - 03/18/2015 - 05:00]

Good article. From personal experience ...

Good article. From personal experience I 'd agree that community interaction, openness and realistic and communicated goals are key. Communities will often back you if they know what 's happening and why. It 's when people feel they 're being lied to or hoodwinked they 'll turn.