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

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,

GameSalad Now Includes TRUE HTML5 Publishing

GameSalad Now Includes TRUE HTML5 Publishing
Those of you who are familiar with GameSalad have known that even though there was a publishing option for HTML5, it actually published to the GameSalad Arcade and while it seemed to be some sort of HTML5 format, there was never any way to host your HTML5 game anywhere but the Arcade.  This made publishing to things like Facebook impossible, since you could haven't the game hosted anywhere but on the GameSalad Arcade servers. HTML5 Unleashed GameSalad recently announced

GameSalad Extends 15 Trial

GameSalad Extends 15 Trial
Good news for those of you, like me, who thought the 15 trial was WAY too short.  GameSalad has changed the 15 day trial to no longer be 15 consecutive days but instead 15 days of actual use.  This is a good move as it gives potential buyers more time to play around with and learn the software. Why Is This Important As you may remember, I complained about this being a bad move when they changed from the

Amazon’s New Underground

Amazon’s New Underground
Recently, Amazon announced it's Amazon Underground section for it's app store.  For those of you who didn't know, Amazon has it's own Android App Store called the Amazon App Store and currently, it's the only app store you can sell your app on that doesn't not require a yearly fee - both Google Play and Apple iTunes store charged for the privileged of publishing games on their stores.  But Amazon Underground is something different - VERY different. What is

How to Come Up With a Good Idea – Part 2

How to Come Up With a Good Idea – Part 2
Yesterday, we start on part one of how to come up with good ideas.  We covered thinking first, brainstorming, searching for inspiration and traveling to get ideas.  Today we'll finish up with the article on coming up with good ideas and present a few more "ideas" on how to get that done. 5. Communicate with Your Friends It’s important to communicate with friends, as well as with new people, as you never know where a new good idea can

How to Come Up With a Good Idea – Part 1

How to Come Up With a Good Idea – Part 1
For some people, ideas come fast and furious.  For others, it's like squeezing water from a rock.  But even if ideas come easily to you, sometimes we all get stuck.  Here are some basic ideas to help you come up with ideas, even if you are in a rut. 1. Think First What do you want the idea for? Is it to throw someone a themed party, write a goodarticle for a magazine, inventsomething, or to write a book?

Which App Stores Should You Submit Your App to?

Which App Stores Should You Submit Your App to?
Many people ask which mobile app stores they should design and upload their mobile game to.  It's a fair question since there are requirements and expenses for almost all of them.  I'll cover the top 3 mobile app stores that you should be targeting with your mobile game. Apple iTunes Store Of course, first and foremost is the Apple iTunes Store.  Let's face it, they were really the first and I believe they are still the largest and most

It’s all… Part of the Plan!

It’s all… Part of the Plan!
"I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be