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49 year old retired IT Security Duder.

Not working in the video game industry, but I read/watch all your GDC talks - with an affection for research papers on software architecture, models and methodology.

AAAS Science & NPG Nature magazines are my Penthouse & Playboy.

Video game business strategy is my Fantasy Football.

I try not to intrude too much in your gamedev discussions. Apologies, if my comment sounded like white noise; it was probably 4AM and I was increasingly getting more drunk in a hotel room, somewhere.

email-address: buckybit[at]gmail[dot]com

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Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:58:00 EST in
Germany's software rating organization USK presented their annual report for 2009. They tested 3100 games (114 more than last year) and only seven percent were rated M for Mature.

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:47:00 EST in
I present some of the lists of Game Developers, Programmers, Designers, PR and Marketing on Twitter.

Posted by Alex Covic on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:10:00 EST in
The infamous German BPjM ("Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons") strikes again as predicted, hurting sales in a rich country. 1st amendment rights have no stand.

Posted by Alex Covic on Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:23:00 EDT in
Families of the victims of a school attack in a town called Winnenden, (Germany) organized a demonstration on October 17th in Stuttgart. They are proclaiming "Families against Killlergames" - "Return your game & win a t-shirt"

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 01:44:00 EDT in Production
Know your video game market! A recently published study about the Internet usage in Germany. Almost 70% of Germans are online. More than 43 Million over 14 years are online. DSL/Broadband in 2009 61,5 %

Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:10:00 EDT in Production
I found a niche how I can maybe be helpful to the Gamasutra Community: I will report and comment about the video games business in Germany. I was born there and live in that country for around 40 years. I'm neither working nor associated with any company.

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Comment In: [Blog - 09/16/2016 - 09:45]

I also do not see ...

I also do not see a user side solution. r n r nDefine professional reviewers Not even Twitter can comply with the amount of 'verified user ' requests. It takes manual/human labour to check each account. And even then, what does it say r n r n I am a ...

Comment In: [News - 09/06/2016 - 10:55]

Spinning the story with Trumpisms. ...

Spinning the story with Trumpisms. r n r nI say it again, the problem is, they are damaging Early Access as a brand hurting all other game developers. All the people, who work hard, day night, to deliver on that one promise. Taking a dump on the table, where everyone ...

Comment In: [News - 09/05/2016 - 11:25]

This approach is damaging Steam ...

This approach is damaging Steam Early Access as a brand, beyond one developer. r n r nThere is an easy solution to it: No DLC allowed for games still in EA. Period. Valve/Steam should consider changing their ToS.

Comment In: [News - 08/31/2016 - 02:28]

I have read the patent ...

I have read the patent text. r n r nIt is hilarious in it 's attempt to A create a fake techno-language B claim for innovation where there is none C pretend it innovated an actual thing worth protecting. r n r nAnd many software patents are written in the ...

Comment In: [News - 08/01/2016 - 08:06]

I am too old to ...

I am too old to think that sitting at home, playing video games, while babbling into a webcam, is something that deserves to be called 'work ' or 'livelihood ' or a 'business model '. These people are easy prey, as proven by G2A. r n r nEqually, calling a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/22/2014 - 10:24]

I remember in the 1980-90s, ...

I remember in the 1980-90s, big companies, Fortune 500 type companies and big .gov branches, laying off their IBM mainframe and COBOL type folks ... only to find out, years later, that they should have kept them. Brain drain, damage done, in many cases not filled to this day. r ...