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48 year old IT Security Duder. I live in airplanes. 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.

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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: [News - 12/12/2014 - 01:39]

I liked physics in games ...

I liked physics in games since I first played PONG as a little kid. r n r nHavok has its place in video game history, for sure. Looking towards the future though, there is a lot of competition now - not just the free Nvidia GameWorks/PhysX SDK. Whatever is more ...

Comment In: [News - 12/12/2014 - 10:11]

To a degree Steam/Valve has ...

To a degree Steam/Valve has a high-frequency trading look-alike system in place, with these instant micro-transactions Users exploiting the process with scripts and bots is certainly no surprise. I am amazed that it works rather reliably the rest of the year.

Comment In: [News - 12/11/2014 - 10:13]

Developers and artists censor themselves ...

Developers and artists censor themselves and their right of free speech, to be able to make a buck with Apple. It 's bad enough. r n r nThis game mechanic is/was meaningful. It was made to make you feel uncomfortable. To make you 'think '. r n r nNaked Porn ...

Comment In: [News - 12/06/2014 - 03:59]

I was thinking exactly the ...

I was thinking exactly the same thing, about this Sony event, Christian. r n r nA really clever business coup. This is the perfect time to - once more - feed the message to the consumers, before the Christmas/Holiday sales r n r nKids at home, watching the stream, are ...

Comment In: [News - 12/01/2014 - 04:31]

I used to walk around ...

I used to walk around in Quake engine games with notarget on and was catching bees in The Elder Scroll games, long before it was cool... - so, more please, yes.

Comment In: [Blog - 11/18/2014 - 01:51]

For a dev kit, which ...

For a dev kit, which is targeted at devs, having one third of the audience playing on a notebook and without dedicated GPUs is ... mind-boggling Who are these people, owning DK2 's