Christian Servin

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Game Design Journey

Hey there everyone,<p>As I mentioned in my last blog, we are releasing our prototype of Skorian Tales very soon. If you want to help out by testing the …

If you want to make video games for a living, get ready for long hours and a lot of unpaid overtime

According to a new study from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), 38% of game developers worked unpaid overtime during the dreaded so-called "crunch" — the crazy-intense period of final deadline before a video game is released.<p>Given that this same survey found that 37% of …

The Art of Scary - The Anatomy of a Terrifying & Horrific Video Game

For game creators to craft a scary game they need to understand the basics of horror story telling. Those principles are constant no matter what the …

Horror

[TA Deals] This Complete Game Developer Course will teach you everything about making video games

Have you ever wanted to become a Game Developer? It takes a lot of time and money to follow that path through traditional avenues of education. …

Dan Pearce: from dreaming of video game design to doing it for real

‘Castles in the Sky evokes the awe and energy of being a kid. In a way, it helped me let go of childhood’<p>When Dan Pearce was in primary school, he told his friends that he had won a competition to have one of his ideas made into a video game by an international video game publisher. It was a lie, …

Music Videos

How Arkadium survived when the Russians took over Crimea

Game companies deal with uncertainty all of the time. But it’s usually not the kind that Jessica Rovello, the chief executive of New York-based Arkadium, and her husband and company president Kenny Rosenblatt have had to face.<p>In the spring of 2014, as the crisis in the Ukraine turned into civil …

This is what success looks like on Twitch

Twitch is exactly what you make of it. Looking for some dating advice while a broadcaster drinks wine and plays <i>Minesweeper</i>? There's a channel for that. How about a corny sci-fi show about a guy sent back from the future to conquer video games before they turn sentient and kill us all? You're …

New York City

Insert coin: Hong Kong's indie game developers discover money is on another level

For those who grew up playing <i>S</i><i>uper Mario 64</i>, <i>Halo</i> and <i>World of Warcraft</i>, working as a game developer must seem like a dream come true.<p>But for indie …

Luxurious Eco-Friendly Mansion Exists Entirely Below Ground

For those wanting to lessen their negative impact on the environment, the best place to build is down. Known as “underground homes” or “low-impact houses,” these structures minimize the amount of green space used by containing entire buildings below the Earth's surface. Two English firms–NC Homes …

Starbreeze making its own VR hardware, shows off The Walking Dead VR demo

Starbreeze Studios, the developer behind the Payday series and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i>, is the latest company getting into the VR game. Starbreeze announced StarVR today, a new head-mounted virtual reality display that promises the widest field of view available in any VR hardware.<p>To showcase …

15 Reasons Your Boyfriend Looks Cheap

At least he's trying. Then again, maybe he should just listen to you about his cargo shorts for once.<p>Anyone who has ever tried to take their boyfriend shopping for a new look knows that it's much easier said than done. They are just so damned stubborn. And who suffers? You, that's who! After all, …

They wanted to make a phenomenon. They made $10 million. The story of Crossy Road. | Polygon

"Crossy Road, I think, feels a lot like a premium game, in a weird way."<p>"That's way, way, way, way, way more than we thought we would get."<p>"I was a nervous wreck."

Alienware Alpha First Impressions And Gaming Benchmarks

Alienware has something to prove, and we’re breaching the moment of truth. They were one of the first companies to strike out on their own following the delay of Valve’s SteamOS, and the end result isn’t merely a collection of complimentary components in a compact case; it’s intended to be a …

What does it really cost to open an indie studio? All your money, most of your life

It is common to hear about game companies having crushing financial woes in the games press.<p>It can be observed in companies of all sizes, from THQ going under to 38 Studios defaulting on millions of debts to the recent <i>Yogsventure</i> project fiasco.<p>I've seen the people behind these projects judged very …