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Brandon is director of Necrosoft Games (follow @necrosoftgames or, senior contributing editor to Gamasutra, former editor of Game Developer magazine, and advisor to multiple conferences and competitions, including GDC, CEGC, Digital Dragons, and Sense of Wonder Night at TGS. Currently working on Gunsport (among others)


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Our new game, Oh, Deer! Alpha, came out during E3. We didn't want to get snowed under, so we took the game To The People and showed it round to folks at E3, without a booth. How did we do!?

A reaction to the pixel artist who is renouncing the form. Pixel art is a tool, it's a technique. Would an artist hang up his brush because people don't like oil paintings?

Posted by Brandon Sheffield on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:52:00 EDT in Design, Production, Indie
What is this "balance" thing you people keep going on about!?

Posted by Brandon Sheffield on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Amanita Design, makers of Samorost, Machinarium, Botanicula and others, took to a curious method to sell games in the Czech Republic: Newspaper stands.

Posted by Brandon Sheffield on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:27:00 EST in Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
Two days ago, we released our first "big" trailer. It got a lot of views, but a very vocal minority downvoted it, and got extremely mad about our use of pixel art. Here are some of our learnings from the experience.

Making press kits is no fun. We found that the existing software to make it easier wasn't flexible enough for us, so we created a new one, available for free, called differently.

Brandon Sheffield's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 06/23/2015 - 07:33]

Yo Essentially it was the ...

Yo Essentially it was the PlayStation Mobile SDK out of necessity which is based on Monogame, and a lot of C . It 's not easy to port, but not impossible. We 'll be rebuilding it from scratch for future versions, just to not have any dependencies on legacy stuff.

Comment In: [News - 04/27/2015 - 03:56]

this is precisely what I ...

this is precisely what I think will happen.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/13/2015 - 02:14]

great stuff here - another ...

great stuff here - another point on his integration of game properties, he used the main characters from Dark Savior as movie stars in Blue Stinger. see here:

Comment In: [News - 01/30/2015 - 03:00]

whoa, have you really had ...

whoa, have you really had success with journalists as producers No offence to anyone, but I have not met many journalists with the necessary organizational skill and development knowledge to be an effective producer. It 's great that you 're willing to hire people though

Comment In: [Blog - 01/28/2015 - 05:27]

but again, this is video ...

but again, this is video from our one-month prototype perhaps we just should not have done a trailer at all until our final art was ready. None of the art you see there is representative of final quality

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2015 - 01:08]

Well, that was our intention, ...

Well, that was our intention, as per the article We like the uncluttered visual structure of dopresskit, but wanted a different backend. But our thing is public domain, so anyone could alter the look and feel if they wanted to.