Online Game Development

All aspects of Online Game Development, including genres, monetization, technical aspects such as hosting, servers, clients, and programming

For Game Developers, It’s About the Labor of Love

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More people are playing video games than ever before—so many that we now have debates over who counts as a “gamer.” Is someone with a smartphone and an addiction to Candy Crush or Angry Birds a gamer, or should that title be reserved for those who play the more immersive and complex games generally available only on PCs and consoles? The best answer to this question might be, “Who cares?” For most purposes, there’s no need to differentiate between types… continue…

Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

Assassin's Creed
More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

Valve Is the Favorite Employer Among Game Developers

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Game developers would rather work for Valve than run their own studio, according to a survey by the International Game Developers Association. There’s good reason the company behind Half-Life and the game platform Steam is so popular, says GameSpot. Among other things, it has an informal hierarchy (people “don’t have bosses”), an open vacation policy and strongly encourages collaboration. Valve’s also a private company, meaning it doesn’t face the same kind of investor pressure that companies like Electronic Arts do.… continue…

How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

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When you ask random strangers on the Internet to give you money, there are no guarantees. That’s true in almost any scenario, including when video game developers use Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of a game. While 3,900 or so games have been funded on Kickstarter, more than 7,200 game projects failed to hit their goal. Within those two numbers are some people who fall into both categories: developers who failed to get funding on their first try, but re-launched… continue…

SourceForge Interview: A New Game Engine

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Over at SourceForge, the August Project of the Month is the community-elected VASSAL Engine, described as “a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board and card games.” Project manager Joel Uckelman sat down to talk about the project’s origins and future. (Editor’s Note: Here’s the link to the project. Hello, Hacker News folks!) Tell me about the VASSAL Engine project. VASSAL provides a virtual tabletop for playing board games live over the net and by email. It’s cross-platform… continue…

How Much Would It Cost to Start My Own Gaming Studio?

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Many a game developer has contemplated opening his or her own studio. But how much would such a project actually cost? In a new op-ed on Polygon, Nine Dots Studio founder Guillaume Boucher-Vidal suggested that the costs—in terms of money, lost opportunities, and emotion—are enormous. “In three years, I personally went from having $20,000 in savings to $35,000 in debt,” he wrote. “After two unsuccessful Kickstarter campaigns, I was on the verge of bankruptcy before signing a deal with Bandai… continue…

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Games?

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Recently, the International Game Developers Association reported that 40 percent of the respondents to its Developer Satisfaction Survey hold an undergraduate college degree, while 20 percent have a graduate degree and 15 percent hold some kind of trade diploma. A little over half have taken supplemental training in game design in either high school or college. By the numbers, then, it would appear degrees count when it comes to building a career in games. But how much? Click here to… continue…

The Trials and Triumphs of Creating Your Own Game Studio

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Most parents probably don’t dream of their kids becoming video game developers, but it’s a real career—and potentially a lucrative one. Finding your way in the industry is tough, though. The video game business can be volatile, reacting quickly to changes in the economy or the success or failure of an individual game. As with more traditional industries, the steadiest course centers on acquiring a job at a large, established company. But more and more, aspiring developers are leaving big… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…

Booming Mobile Games Take Backseat at E3

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Amid the din of E3’s flashy console game demos, Re/code noted a quiet corner of the Los Angeles Convention Center: The mobile and social gaming pavilion. From the lack of crowds and unassuming placement at the game industry’s largest trade show, it’s hard to believe that mobile gaming is the business’s fastest growing segment and its largest source of digital revenue. Last year, Re/code says, smartphone and tablet games generated $3 billion in U.S. sales. And while sales of packaged… continue…