What goes in to video game development?

What goes in to video game development?
There are many people who turn to video games in order to escape reality. But how many of them know how much hard work and effort goes into creating video games? The video game development process is a complex one and in order for a video game to be considered good, it needs to have a good concept, story and character development. Game development isn't as simple as it looks. Let's try and explain how it works by breaking

GameSalad Course Not to Run

GameSalad Course Not to Run
At the moment, it doesn't look like my "in the flesh" GameSalad course is going to run this semester.  The college has been struggling with attendance and it looks like not enough students signed up this semester for the course to run. Interestingly, it looks like my Corona SDK course WILL be running.  It's interesting that the Corona SDK course (which requires programming knowledge) will be running, while the GameSalad course (for beginners) didn't garner enough students. This is

5 Factors to Consider Before Outsourcing Mobile Game Development

5 Factors to Consider Before Outsourcing Mobile Game Development
I've covered this topic before, but my recent review of Secrets to Rapid Game Development reminded me that this is still an important topic. We all come up with amazing game ideas but not necessarily have skills to develop those ideas into fully functional games. We need to hire or partner with game development studio’s to convert our idea into engaging game. Choosing the right developer, or development studio is most important decision and requires serious deliberation. Before approaching the

Becoming a Game Developer in Your Spare Time

Becoming a Game Developer in Your Spare Time
I've published games and apps in both the iTunes and Android stores, but in some ways, I really don't consider myself a game developer.  Maybe that's because I wear many hats and have many different jobs that I do full or part time to pay the bills.  Or perhaps it's because I still have a few "big" projects in my head that I want to complete before I will consider myself a real game developer.  Maybe because of this,

A Dip in the World of Gaming Chairs

A Dip in the World of Gaming Chairs
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope Santa brought everyone everything they wanted!  As many of you know, I have 5 brothers and sisters and 16 nieces and nephews, so there were many presents all around!  My nephew is a die-hard Xbox fan, so of course he got new games and a year of XBox Live Gold.  He's got a great setup but one thing he wanted but didn't get was a gaming chair that some of his

Disaster Strikes Back!

Disaster Strikes Back!
You may have noticed my conspicuous absence lately.  I haven't published any tutorials, games or videos lately nor have I published my uDemy course. Unfortunately, I suffered some serious hardware issues with my computer setup and it appears that I may have lost ALL of my data.  Let this be a lesson that you can never have your data backed up in too many places, nor can you have it backed up too often. As it happens, I've had drive

How to get Mixtape and Artist Placements

How to get Mixtape and Artist Placements
Many of you wear many hats, like myself.  You're not just a game designer/programmer, but may also be an artist or musician.  And if you're an indie musician, there are times when you just want to promote your music our side the world of gaming.  But where can you do that on the web? Welcome to 50djs50states.com, the number one place for indie artist promotion, mixtape placements and beats for sale. We are offering you three variable services that

Creating New Worlds – with Minecraft

Creating New Worlds – with Minecraft
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my nephews is really into Minecraft and creating Minecraft mods.  In fact, his mom just called me last night and asked about the best gaming laptop I could recommend for him since the one he has now isn't really cutting it.  The one he has now is actually a laptop I had gotten him last Christmas - or was it the Christmas before last - that I thought was only

Making Mods for ATS

Making Mods for ATS
My one nephew is heavily into the simulator and one of his latest passions seems to be the American Truck Simulator game.  It's an amazing simulator in which you get the step into the shoes of a professional truck driver.  It's not really something I am into, but like a young boy, he loves every thing to do with large trucks, trains and other vehicles.  And of course, being the modders and programmer that I am, he has come

Having Fun with Minecraft

Having Fun with Minecraft
This weekend, I took my nephews and two of my nieces to see Marvel Universe Live, along with 2 of my brothers and my 2 sisters.  We had a great time and the kids especially enjoyed the show!  Marvel really knows how to put on a great show! Minecraft - Who Knew? My older nephew (well, the oldest one there at least) mentioned that he has been playing around with Minecraft alot and has really been getting into making