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  • Joining Hiro Capital as a Venture Specialist

    Last week, we announced that I had joined Hiro Capital as a Venture Specialist. Hiro is one of a new breed of games investor targeting the “post-Seed gap”, helping companies in the games and related technology/wearables sectors...

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  • Understanding Subscriptions

    Subscriptions are becoming a common part of the gaming landscape, as Microsoft Games Pass reaches 18 million subscribers, Apple pushes its Arcade service and Google, Amazon and others try to get in on the action. It’s an...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • If you design service-based games, you need to understand gacha

    Gacha is the name for random rewards delivered in games, particularly service games. The word is derived from the Japanese word gachapon, an onomatopoeia of “gacha” for the sound of turning a crank on a toy vending...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • StarTrek Fleet Command has some pretty impressive retention numbers

    It’s not often that I get a PR email containing an infographic that makes me sit up and take notice. The mail I received yesterday from Scopely broke the mould. Their MMO/strategy game Star Trek Fleet Command...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Nicholas’s Guessing Game

    Nicholas’s Guessing Game is a thought experiment that makes the design process faster and more efficient. When you have identified a new feature that you want to build, ask team members to write down a guess for...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Announcing my new game: Hot Wheels id

    I am delighted to announce my new role and my new game! You may have noticed that I have been quieter on GAMESbrief recently. Part of that is that I published The Pyramid of Game Design at...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • From concept to launch and beyond

    There are many different stages of game development. Here’s my favourite: For me, there are five major phases: concept, production, launch, live and sunset. These can be broken down further like this: The five phases of game...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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