So, I realise it’s actually been a while since I last posted a blog post, or any form of update to this website. Well, never fear, because super-post is here! I really wish I had a phone-box I could run into and change into an envelope costume now, so that I could run around pretending to be a blog…..maybe I should lay off the cheese before bedtime…
So, a lot has happened since my last blog post, which is roughly a month and a half ago now. I’ll promise I’ll try to be more regular in the future, been busy with work and well, been in Canada for two weeks as well, so I guess I can’t complain at that bit
The lowdown of the past month or so!
COR3 HD was released onto the iOS marketplace, and is currently waiting for the update to be reviewed and unleashed onto the community. Coming with the update is some tweaked colours, added a rule for the level editor (level has to be completed in preview before you can share it) and a fix for the tilt on some devices.
We released our XBLIG title, “20 Games to play with your mates”, into the community. So far it’s been doing very well, reviews are starting to come in on it, it seems to be hitting 70%+ on average (at a guess), and we’ve had some impressive stats in the first week of sales, which we’re very happy about
I’ve been to Canada! Vancouver more precisely, to visit my brother and to have a well deserved holiday Also popped down to Seattle for a couple of nights, and met up with Cory Schmitz for some sushi and beer. Good times were had. Went snowboarding, ate a LOT of chicken wings and met some awesome people…including David Hasselhoff! Yes, the Hoff himself, was staying in the same hotel as me, actually on the floor below me. Managed to get a photo with him, which was properly awesome.
I’ve started a new project with Andrew Smith from Spilt Milk Studios – A new title that I can’t really talk about at the moment, but I can happily say that I’m working with him on the title, and that it is currently being developed in UDK. Some more info should be available soon when we’ve done more development on it, and are prepared to announce the IP. So keep your ears to the ground, and listen to the rumbling of awesome news, hopefully in a few weeks!
And now for the biggie. Yes, there is something that is super-duper-awesome, which makes me want to find another phonebox an…no, no, NO I’m not going to turn into another super-hero. You see, phone boxes get kind of cramped, and to be honest I’ve no idea how people can manage to quickly get changed in them, and also, where do they store their non-superhero clothes? Nevertheless, I shall
I Recently (and by recently, I mean two days ago) delivered a talk at TIGA’s 2nd Smartphone and Tablet Conference. If you don’t know who TIGA are and are in the UK Games Industry…SHAME ON YOU, go educate yourself, seriously, these guys are absolutely fantastic and done some great things for our industry. The talk was titled “From Student to Startup: More than a gap year” – And if you hadn’t put two and two together already, the main picture is myself actually talking at the conference on friday. If you figured it out, next time we meet I’ll give you a pat on the head, and maybe a cookie, if I have any on me.
The talk went well, and I’m basing that on the feedback and response I got from other attendees afterwards. I thought I’d fluffed it, lost interest of the crowd, or managed to send them into a downward spiral of depression somehow. Maybe that’s the side-effects of writing a super-post, or the realisation that quickly changing clothes in a phonebox just isn’t possible. The feedback I got was amazing, mindblowingly awesome, and especially from some of the people it came from. People were actually finding me to talk to me, and praising what we’ve managed to achieve and offering help in one way or another. It was a weird and amazing feeling, so I was kind of flabbergasted. I’ve gained a lot of support, as has IndieSkies, and we’ve proven that even students with no previous industry experience or funding, can still become successful and release a number of titles in such a little time as 9 months. Hopefully there will be some write-ups of the day coming soon, so when they do, I’ll link to them.
Overall I met some fantastic people, and I especially want to thank Alistair Aitcheson and Nisha Valand. Thanks to them I was able to be invited to talk, and if either of you are reading this, next time we meet, there’s some drinks with your names on it, from my wallet (Maybe even some chips as well, location dependent)
I’ve probably rambled a bit somewhere. I somehow managed to get the super-hero, or super-post, as the underlying theme of this post. Which looking back I’m wondering how I came across it, but hey, I ran with it. Please keep an eye out on what we’re doing, there are some links below to people I’ve mentioned, and stuff you should definitely check out. If you ever see me in the street, or at a conference (I’ll be at Launch Conference: Meet the games press this wednesday, which my grandma is somehow adamant that I’m doing a talk at, even though I’m not), or somewhere, feel free to say Hi, I won’t bite. Unless part of your body turns into Nandos, then you may have to restrain me.
Adios for now, and until next time!
Super-Interesting-Links That couldn’t change into costumes in the super-hero phonebox in time
COR3 HD on the iOS Marketplace: http://bit.ly/HFhHO2
20 Games on the Xbox Marketplace: http://bit.ly/H8mEwd
Alistair Aitcheson: http://bit.ly/HLCkTX
Spilt Milk Studios: http://bit.ly/H5HBKT
A Phonebox: http://bit.ly/HeLIit