Christopher Totten's Blog
My name is Chris Totten. I am a game design/3D animation professor. I have a Masters Degree in Architecture from Catholic University, where I did my thesis on how game design techniques and tools can be implemented in real world spatial design (two articles on this project were published here on Gamasutra and Game Career Guide.)
I've been a guest speaker at, East Coast Game Conference, Dakota State University's Workshop on Integrated Design as well as GDC China. I have also written two books on game design and development: Game Character Creation in Blender and Unity and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. I am the founder of my own indie development studio, Pie For Breakfast Studios (www.pfbstudios.com)
My portfolio can be found at www.ChrisTotten3D.com
If you'd like to reach me to discuss any of the posts, collaborate, have me come to a con, or even just dish out some game design conversation, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com
In this post, I discuss putting together a game development summer camp course for kids, and how we used free and open source tools to empower kids to continue making games at home.
In this post, I highlight some exciting observations I made from GDC 2013 that bode well for small, design-focused game developers.
In this post, I give some tips for different types small developers on making the most of this week's GDC from off site, on the show floor, or as a volunteer.
Forget chasing "standard" software such as 3DS Max, Unity, and others; the Internet is the small dev's most powerful tool. In this post, I'll explore how the internet has changed how we create media and the opportunities available to the little guy.
In this post, I discuss the pitfalls of beginning an indie game project with friends and colleagues and how they can be avoided.
As a follow up to my Augmented Reality focused 3DS post, I discuss the communication and social gaming features of the 3DS and what they could mean to mobile gaming through my experiences at the inaugural meeting of StreetPass DC.
Christopher Totten's Comments
[Blog - 03/20/2014 - 01:27]
Thanks for this great article. ...
Thanks for this great article. I 'm running a Kickstarter right now and while I 'm normally able to keep myself pretty upbeat about game dev, it 's starting to take its toll :-
[Blog - 03/08/2014 - 07:19]
Really great advice. I think ...
Really great advice. I think what makes your approach really hit home is that you want to make great games AND think about the business end of things. It 's equally dangerous to be someone who only thinks about business and set up your entire business structure without a solid ...
[Blog - 01/18/2014 - 10:23]
Recommendation: DO styles of art ...
Recommendation: DO styles of art that you can complete quickly to a level of visual attractiveness and that you can create multiples of as necessary. i.e. if you are a new/slow 3D artist, DON 'T do 3D art r n r nDO experiment with new types of production: I am ...
[News - 12/18/2013 - 11:38]
I 'm very excited to ...
I 'm very excited to check it out too. This will probably be one I 'll pick up even to just show support for the Ouya. I don 't expect it to conquer gaming financially, but it 's just nice that a console like it EXISTS.
[Blog - 12/09/2013 - 02:08]
Stands up clapping r n ...
Stands up clapping r n r nI feel like with every new project I have the same set of feelings. While I spend a lot of their time making small or research games as well as writing about games, there 's always that feeling of who wants to listen to ...
[Blog - 11/15/2013 - 09:10]
Very good read - I ...
Very good read - I 've certainly fallen into some of these traps and am climbing my way back out. Regarding not starting a business, I think it applies to here in the US as well to an extent. Forming an LLC is a good idea to protect yourself and ...