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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.

 

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Posted by Simon Carless on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:38:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Luciano Iurino from Spanish dev The Troglobytes, who have Hyperparasite, their “relentless twin-stick shooter/roguelite set in the roaring ‘80s”, discussed the positive effects of having their game in the new Steam Game Festival.


Posted by Simon Carless on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 04:49:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
And we’re back, as the world gets a little bit odder every day, with some notable game discoverability updates for the month of March, particularly looking at the Steam and Epic stores.


The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & lots more.


The week's highlights include intelligent impressions on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call Of Duty Warzone, and Nioh 2, as well as great writing on pixel pets, bullet painting in GTA V, Kabaddi, dev crunch, and lots more.


The latest highlights include looks at games including Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, and tonnes more besides. 


The latest highlights include a crazy Dark Souls speedrunning exploit, Cyberpunk 2077 from a couple of different angles, and the lovely looking new title Luna The Shadow Dust, among a whole heap of other links.



Simon Carless's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 02/26/2020 - 06:41]

BTW I don 't know ...

BTW I don 't know that 10 is THAT high for Steam Early Access games, some games just get refunded at very different levels. Also, China as a country seems to refund at greater levels than the rest of the world. I 've seen Early Access games that approach 20 ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/01/2019 - 06:20]

Well, these games were selling ...

Well, these games were selling marginally before any algorithm change - this is more just an overall supply/demand issue in my view.

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 ...