Andrew Calhoun's Blog
Andrew is an aspiring game designer, working on all areas to become as communicative and integrative as possible. His current specialties are matte / concept painting and programming languages. Outside of the video game industry, he is an avid WoW player, writer, cinema fiend, and fitness nut.
Though appearing unrelated, diet and exercise is an often overlooked and potentially necessary component for the success of designers, artists, and programmers. Take a 15 minute break and do some Vanyasas, forget the platitudes and look at the advantages.
iOS:Objective-C has opened new markets for devs, and is increasingly expanding as development restrictions get lifted or lightened. A visual artist cum hobbyist programmer gives his insights.
Open world games have offered players the opportunity to engage in antisocial/sociopathic behavior without consequence. Developers supply the tools in modern games, but is it a case of absurdist catharsis or boredom that makes players engage in this way?
Are young designers getting less creative as a result of the glut of annualization and other media that tries to one up itself, or is it a result of more people trying to get into the game causing a hypothetical on-average creative brain drain?
Proprietary schools offer tantalizing programs and accelerated degrees, but traditional education has advantages that might give candidates a distinctive edge in the long run, and other opportunities for those whose dreams might not or are slow to develop
Fun is not something guaranteed by innovation, but by forming a solid core that is accessible and relatively simple. Blizzard seems to have nailed down the x-factor of fun and doing what works with its products, as evidenced by Starcraft II.
Andrew Calhoun's Comments
[News - 06/08/2011 - 10:55]
I think Jane McGonigal had ...
I think Jane McGonigal had this idea presented in her book Reality is Broken . Though it has not been explored too much in this article, it is sort of an incentivization and glamorization of the work environment that rewards productivity and achievement by offering bigger and better projects.
[Feature - 05/19/2011 - 05:10]
The Reel Big Fish song, ...
The Reel Big Fish song, Sell Out comes to mind, in a playful sense. I still love their games, but they do smell of EA interference now. Perhaps though, getting them into a wider audience will benefit the genre in the long run. That remains to be seen.
[News - 05/18/2011 - 01:00]
Also, gaming is a much ...
Also, gaming is a much more social activity than it once was. A lot of people are still under the misconception that gamers are pimply, adolescent and post-adolescent loners that live in their parents basements. However, there are hundreds of games out there with dedicated fanbases that play online -- ...
[Blog - 05/15/2011 - 12:47]
I recently quit WoW in ...
I recently quit WoW in early April, after realizing -- at least for me, Cataclysm was a flop and WoW had become a full time job. Raiding became far more like a job than it did before, and I was never huge on raiding, but people became transfixed on raiding ...
[Blog - 02/18/2011 - 03:15]
Prefix iterators are usually done ...
Prefix iterators are usually done to do the count before declaring the status of the variable, at least how I understand it. If you are adding up items or tallying score, it's a poor iterator and that's best used for suffix. Suffix iterators are likely better for games, whereas prefix ...
[Blog - 02/21/2011 - 05:55]