Scotty Heckert

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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 …

Why I'm in love with this sweet game about a little girl in Alaska

The Inupiat, like many indigenous tribal peoples, hold the belief that all things are inhabited by a spiritual essence that goes deeper than their outward expression.<p>I think that <i>Never Alone</i>, a game based on the Inupiat's stories and culture, is an example of this animism. On the face of it, the …

'Fragments Of Him' Video Game Explores Queer Love And Loss

A dark and groundbreaking new video game is slated to hit the market this winter that follows the experiences of one man following the death of the love of his life.<p>A new take on queerness in video gaming, "Fragments of Him" has previously been available in a free, initial version that is …

Obama cares: The President's praise of The Witcher shows growing importance of games to international trade

Poland is so proud of its gaming industry that its prime minister gave the President of the United States a copy of one of its biggest games when he visited in 2011.<p>Obama is back in Poland today, and while he hasn’t had time to play it, he pointed to The Witcher franchise as evidence of how the …

Meet the gay soldier you didn't know was in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Crispin Jettingham, the leader of the U.S. special Forces team of <i>Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City</i>, is gay, says writer and creative director Adam Bullied. "I know," he tells us, "because I created him."<p>Earlier this year, Ubisoft writer Lucien Soulban spoke out against the current sales and …

All This Naughty Dog Graphics Hype Is Missing The Point

Naughty Dog is one of the most lauded video game developers in the industry. Known for the hit <i>Uncharted</i> games on PlayStation 3, the studio made an even bigger splash with the release of last year’s excellent <i>The Last of Us</i>—a game with some of the best storytelling I’ve encountered in the medium.<p>But …

Sweden wants to use games to promote democracy and creativity

Sweden is making attempts to promote democracy and creativity through a project called Democreativity, which curates ideas for "the most unlikely [video] game ever."<p>According to the website's description, the project crowd-sources ideas from the public and lets site visitors vote on what they like …

The Basics of RPGs

Abraham game makers believe they are in a fight with Satan

"I need to be clear on this point: Are you telling me that Satan is literally working to confound your plans to release this game? You're saying that the actual Devil is scheming against you?"<p>I'm sitting in a nondescript office in an unremarkable neighborhood in Bakersfield, CA, interviewing three …

Why Manveer Heir's attack on stereotypes in games was the most important moment of GDC 2014

Bioware Montreal developer Manveer Heir received a standing ovation at GDC this week for his speech challenging the prevalence of lazy, reductive …