Puzzledorf Nearing Completion

Puzzledorf is nearly done. A lot has happened this year. I completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Management at AIE (The Academy of Interactive Entertainment), which specialised in developing a video game business. The school are specialists in video game and film education – previously that’s where I learned programming. I then began the AIE…

How Difficult Should I Make My Game?

The subject of difficulty makes for interesting debate. There is a trend these days of making easier games to reach wider audiences. Is that a good thing? Back in the days of the Nintendo NES and SNES, games were much harder as a general rule, particularly when talking about modern Nintendo or casual games –…

1. Learn How To Program Games – C#

This tutorial is the first in a new series aimed at absolute beginners who want to learn how to program and make games. Even if your interest isn’t games, these tutorials will give you a thorough grounding in the basics of C# programming you can apply in other areas. Later series will build on these…

Megaman 11 And Breaking Down Levels

I’ve mentioned Mark Brown before as a game design channel you should watch. One of his more recent videos is on the game design of Mega Man 11. Making a platformer is something I’ve always wanted to do, and with Super Mario Maker 2 coming out soon for Nintendo Switch, I really enjoyed watching his…

Work Healthier Hours, Make Better Games

I was reading an article yesterday by the developers of Slime Rancher. It talks about crunch in the industry, but gives a unique perspective of their own experience. According to the article, they have maintained 40 hour work weeks, and furthermore, do not believe they have made a successful game despite those hours – they…

I’m Finally Playing Pokemon Go

Yes, I know it’s been out for a long time, but I resisted. Not anymore. My friends have all been playing it, and I partly avoided it because I knew it would be addictive – I didn’t want anything to get in the way of study. Now that study was over, my excuses were thin.…