What do you want to see in my blog?
Monday, 05 November 2007

Now that I'm trying to regularly update my blog, what would you guys like me to blog about?  I'm not blogging for me, so thinking of topics is a bit difficult.  I want to blog about things that interest our gamers and readers.  So any ideas?

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Contracts
Friday, 02 November 2007

Contracts are quickly killing my brain.  You know all of those little contracts you never read like EULAs and agreements when you sign up with another website?  Well when you run a company you have to actually read them or someone will eventually screw you.  In the last couple of months I have read contracts from publishers, portals, e-commerce sites, various websites, hardware companies, other software companies, and probably others that I've forgotten about. 

Now most of the contracts I have seen are actually pretty fair, but there have been a couple that were downright scary.  One I remember off the top of my head basically said I agreed that anything that I submitted I had to have the IP rights for the material and that I gave them the IP rights to whatever I submitted it to them.  So anything I submit is now yours?  Yeah, I don't think so.

Like I said most of the contracts I have read haven't been trying to screw me, but they are all still legal documents that are written in some language that is definitely not English.  It's close to English but not really the same language.  For an example, one fairly common phrase is this agreement can't be changed unless changes are "reduced to writing and signed by both parties".  The part in quotes is the part that I've seen in many contracts.  Reduced to writing?  Reduced?  You really couldn't just say "must be in writing"?  You can find good examples like this every couple lines.

After a while my head feels like it is going to explode after so much translating into English.

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Fan fiction
Thursday, 01 November 2007

For all of you that like the Depths of Peril ficition, you really should go read the fan fiction story over on Gaming's Edge.  It's a cool story about two brothers who are the leaders of a covenant called Rage of Night fighting for their place within Jorvik.  So far the story is up to 11 chapters.

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Indie reviews
Wednesday, 31 October 2007

We had a new review a couple days ago over on GamerNode and the reviewer brought up the point of should reviewers review indie games differently than big-budget titles?  Btw, nothing below has anything to do with the GamerNode review except the question that it brought up.

Personally as a gamer I don't necessarily care if the game was developed by an indie or by a big developer/publisher.  What I do care about is fun gameplay, something that is new and fresh and not the same exact game that was been published hundreds of times already, that the game has some reasonable play time, and finally the price.  Overall this tells me the value I get out of any particular game.

Unfortunately this is not how games typical are reviewed.  Gameplay usually isn't ignored or anything, but many times it gets fairly equal footing with graphics (and sound).  I mean which is really more important, gameplay or graphics?  Great gameplay with bad graphics still leaves you with a good game, but bad gameplay with great graphics is still just a bad game.  I would much rather play a game with good gameplay with ok graphics or even bad graphics over a game that had ok gameplay and great graphics.

Also, usually price is completely ignored.  It's not quite fair to compare a $50-$60 game to a $20-$30 game.  This gets back into graphics again.  The more expensive game is likely to have better graphics, but NOT necessarily better gameplay or innovation.  Anyways if both games are both good games (overall the same quality gameplay), then obviously the $30 game is a better buy.

My point being I don't really care who made the game.  I care how much fun I'm going to have playing the game and how much I'm going to pay for that fun.  Having said that, it really seems that a bunch of indies are doing this (especially the innovation part) better than most of the rest of the industry.

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Independent Games Festival
Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Ok, back to gaming related stuff.  For those people that haven't noticed we entered into the IGF (Independent Games Festival).  There seems to be a lot of good entries this year and it has a whopping 173 of them total.  I still think we have a good chance of being a finalist and winning something though. :)  Wish us luck.  A direct link to our entry is here.

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