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Simon Carless's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

I’m currently an EVP at Informa Tech, meaning that I help to oversee Game Developers Conference – plus the  Gamasutra website, the Black Hat set of worldwide security events, and more.

I’m also Chairman Emeritus of the Independent Games Festival, which holds its awards at GDC yearly, and help program the Independent Games Summit and a number of other programs at the show. I also currently advise independent game publisher No More Robots.

And in a former life, I was a game designer on PlayStation 1-era console games for companies like Eidos & Infogrames/Atari.

 

Expert Blogs

This week's highlights include the gorgeous Sayonara Wild Hearts & the launch of the Switch Lite, as well as a doc on the making of Them's Fighting Herds, Borderlands 3, and lots, lots more.


How do you get noticed on the Nintendo Switch as a game dev? Here's an in-depth look at the Switch eShop and the general release trends for the increasingly crowded Switch game market.


This week's highlights include some views on Apple Arcade, looks at the latest games, including the very gothic Blasphemous, the odd new Switch fitness title Ring Fit Adventure, and lots more besides.


This roundup around game discoverability includes looks at Steam users and how they look at your game, mobile discoverability and Steam wishlists to sales.


Posted by Simon Carless on Sat, 07 Sep 2019 03:52:00 EDT in
This week's highlights include why you might be underpricing your video game, a look at the debuts of Gears Of War 5 and Wilmot's Warehouse, how Steam users see your game, and lots and lots more goodness


This week's roundup includes a look at a whole heap of new games, including Control, Knights On Bikes, Ancestors, and Astral Chain, as well as a retrospective interview with Seaman designer Yoot Saito.



Simon Carless's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 08/30/2019 - 01:57]

I think 6-8 hours probably ...

I think 6-8 hours probably is good enough But there 's no definitive number. I just know I see a lot of complaints when 20 games are 2 or 3 hours long...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/07/2019 - 11:32]

Horror games are an interesting ...

Horror games are an interesting one I actually think they are still a relatively under-developed genre, given how popular horror movies are right now in movie theaters. So I think they are more fertile ground than a number of other genres Good luck with it.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/31/2019 - 02:11]

This is based on anecdotal ...

This is based on anecdotal comments from 2 or 3 indies that I know, for which that was true. I do think, if it 's a 20 game, that you used to sell 5,000 copies over time pretty easily, which is 100k. Don 't forget that the long tail was ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/19/2017 - 10:41]

A lot of the rest ...

A lot of the rest of that article is interesting, but that seems badly sourced - though I will say America 's Army the game is still being updated even now, and there 's even an eSports league for it, I guess. r n r nAlso, I still claim the ...

Comment In: [News - 11/30/2016 - 03:11]

Having worked in AAA 15-20 ...

Having worked in AAA 15-20 years ago, and left partly because of some things that could arguably have been ameliorated by unionization working hours, in particular , I 'm very sympathetic to the argument. Unfortunately, I think 15-20 years ago was the time that this move would have been much ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/12/2016 - 10:31]

FWIW, I think that '32,000 ...

FWIW, I think that '32,000 copies sold ' stat is pretty misleading - it was a median as of 2015, but that 's including massive lifetime numbers for games, and a lot of games being in bundles too. My impression is that a brand new Steam game launching in 2016 ...