I recently encountered a post from a Japanese game developer, and it made me retrospect a little bit. I’ve always thought of myself as an ambitious person, and I consider that to be one of my better traits. But my narrow interpretation of the word has burned bridges, and this post is about the lessons I had to learn the hard way.Continue Reading
[Next year] is almost upon us, and I thought I’d give [current year] a proper send-off by going through the various highlights and disappointments I encountered in the past 12 months.Continue Reading
I recently visited Finland to attend Slush and talk to some foreign investors about our funding round in January 2019. It was my first time at the tech conference, and I had a blast: The event is jam packed with networking opportunities, the quality of people you meet is stellar, and Helsinki is just a lovely city (if a bit cold).
SEGA treated us to an unlikely cult classic when Valkyria Chronicles hit the shelves all those years ago. A decade later, I’m playing what feels like a planned content expansion that got discovered just now after mysteriously vanishing in the archives. Is that bad? Let’s find out.Continue Reading
For the uninitiated, MTX stands for microtransactions which have become a topic of somewhat heated discussion over the past few years. The release of Battlefront 2, generally considered the tipping point, sparked a large amount of consumer backlash prompting EA to backpedal on their in-game monetization.
In this post, I’d like to present my personal view on the matter and hopefully clarify some misconceptions.Continue Reading
These events would tell a story of tragedy hidden in the mists of time. A story of courage and trust, of persecution and hate… and of love blooming, even through the face of war. What follows is a record of this conflict, and of those who fought, lived, and died.Continue Reading
With Mario Party 9, the iconic couch PvP series ditched the ruthless winner-takes-all gameplay in favor of making everyone feel like a loser in a crappy wagon mode that nobody asked for. I’m pleased to report that Super Mario Party is a return to form with proper boards, classic rules, and plenty of 4 player shenanigans.Continue Reading
Another year, another game developer conference. This was the first time I attended Devcom, and I have to say it’s a pretty good replacement for the now defunct GDC EU. There’s a decent selection of speakers, and the attendees come from all sectors of the games industry which gives the event a slightly less corporate feeling. The on-site catering service is still pretty lackluster though, and I sorely miss Respawn.
Nintendo went above and beyond porting Mario Kart 8 to the Switch, and despite the impressive amount of polish I can still clearly recognize the game I fell in love with all those years ago. This is without a doubt the definitive Mario Kart experience: Pure, simple and fun.Continue Reading
Quality Assurance in the context of game development is sometimes seen as a dream job from the outside where gamers get paid to play fun games. Having spent time in the QA chair, I thought I’d shed some light on the profession.Continue Reading