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What is your games industry alignment? Chaotic Good?

Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester takes an unusual approach to recruitment. He just tweeted out Paradox’s D&D-style alignment chart. It’s very good.

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Local notifications make a resurgence and 43% of users accept them

I often put local notifications low on my list of “features which must be included in an Minimum Viable Product”. They are easy to retrofit and don’t prove out the core of your game, so they don’t belong in an MVP. One data point I have is that for one company I’ve worked with, fewer...

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VR is overwhelming and confusing, finds the BBC

The BBC has just published detailed consumer research into VR attitudes and adoption, in partnership with research firm IPSOS. It is a great, not-too-long, read and I urge it you to read it in full. A handful of things leaped out at me. VR is at the end of a long list of entertainment choices...

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Smart return hook from Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire

PocketGamer.biz has a damning review of the new Final Fantasy Title from MZ (formerly Machine Zone). Its summary is that it is a machine for separating players from their money, much like their previous incarnations of Game of War and Mobile Strike, with a punishing First Time User Experience that alienates anyone who is not...

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Is this the end of shouty men in hats?

If you pay attention to the icons of games in the top grossing charts on the AppStore, you will have noticed the Shouty Men in Hats phenomenon.   For a while, all the top grossing strategy games had for their icon a man. Wearing a hat. In an open mouthed shout. Yesterday, that all changed....

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Avoiding the Hippo in the room (or why large video game projects with charismatic leaders fail)

The BBC today ran a story about how to avoid the Hippo. The Hippo is the highest paid person’s opinion. It’s extremely dangerous. That person may not actually know the most, or be in position of all the facts. They are often very busy. But the CEO or the studio head or the Game Director...

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GAMESbrief reading list for Q1 2017

This was supposed to be a reading list at the end of 2016. But life got in the way (those of you who know me IRL may know that I got flooded out of my house by an exploding sewer on Brexit day. We hope to move home just before Easter, so I am quite...

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When everyone has tax breaks, wouldn’t it be better if no-one had tax breaks?

In their latest regulatory round-up, law firm Osborne Clarke points out that Germany, Italy and Spain will soon be joining the UK, Canada, France and many US states in offering tax breaks to developers. German Games Industry Presents Model Bill For Development Tax Credits Italy extends Tax Benefits for Audiovisual Works – Good News for...

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Meet a Hearthstone whale, sorry, superfan.

This is a fascinating interview from PCGamer with a Hearthstone superfan called Nick who spent $3,400 on Hearthstone cards in a single evening. It’s an enlightening canter through the motivations and mindset of someone who classifies themselves as a really big fan. The full post is worth reading. Here is a flavour: Would you recommend...

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My predictions in 2010 turn out to be quite true in 2017

Back in 2010, I wrote a blog post setting out how I expected the industry to develop over the next decade. In the end, the games industry will polarise into these three segments (can you polarise into three?): Blockbuster games Persistent social games Independent games I no longer believe that the era of the blockbuster...

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