Steam Direct and the Greenlight roller coaster

We are riding the Greenlight roller coaster with Heart. Papers. Border. and it is intense, it happens way faster than we hoped and we feel unprepared. I don’t think we could have ever be prepared for this, but thinking If Only scenarios is always seductive. However, Valve decided to pull the …

Making meaningful games as an impostor

One reason to develop Heart. Papers. Border. is because of the impostor syndrome. My day job is to help all the studios in the park to finish their games successfully. And while I learned a lot in the 7 years I have been making commercially successful games for Activision, Milestone and Simbin, the …

Don’t make games with your SO

This is a very personal post. I feel the need to apologise for it in advance. It is hard for me to talk about this. What is the meaning of life? This is a question that lies at the base of philosophy, and one that shaped the world as we …

Our hidden gamedev power

First there was this. Then came this, and lastly, it was this. The first is a link to the Greenlight page for Medusa’s Labyrinth. This is a short game done by my friends at Guru Games, who had this as a pet project for a while, were unsuccessful in raising cash …

If you follow me on Twitter

Hi friend!   If you follow me on Twitter in the hopes that I follow you back, please know that I probably won’t. I am sorry – I know how important it is for you to build a community and let people know about your game, product, service. But I …

Not a Quitter

Did you quit school? You are seriously jeopardizing your future!! Did you quit your job? Something must have been very, very, very bad there! Did you quit the Gym?? You fat lazy bastard. But did you quit smoking? Why, good for you dear! I did not quit smoking. It infuriates …

B-days, or how the world changed

According to Facebook, I am 90 years old and my birthday is on January 2nd. I’m a Really Cool Old Lady, I think, cause see, I’m into gamedev, desperately passionate about that thankyouverymuch, I am working, I love my job, I go to the gym and I actually lift kinda …

Played > Sold

I have a few dresses in my closet that I never wear. Every time I look at them, I feel guilty; they were not expensive dresses, and I bought them on sale, too. Yet I never wear them so those are money ill spent, wasted, and it infuriates me that I …

Steam, or You Shall Not Pass!

Do you ever think about how hard it is for a normal person who does not have a Steam account to play a game released on Steam? I know that for many of us, not having a Steam account is something unimaginable, but despite the platform’s impressive number of users, which passed the …

Impressions

Sebi wrote this. It’s a really good read, based on many of our evening conversations, and triggered by a great talk on photography which emphasised the fact that you need 18 to 20 impressions in order for a random stranger to recognize your name as a photographer. We both listened to …