Dave Toulouse's Blog
Indie game developer active since 2007 and releasing games un the name Machine 22.
The Humanity Hypothesis
March of the Living, FTL meets The Walking Dead
Human Extinction Simulator, turn-based tactical space combat
Bret Airborne, puzzle RPG
"Indie dev doing okay but still struggling" probably isn't a story the press would care for but it's still a story many indie devs can probably relate to.
Game development isn't an investment, it's risk management.
When the success you experience doesn't provide you the freedom you were hoping for.
We must always be careful when reading advice given to indie game developers but a few of these tips are simple to apply and are often just common sense that are far from being controversial.
After working fourteen years for a small business while developing games part-time I lost my day job. This is how I turned a bad situation into an opportunity with the help of another indie game developer.
Awareness is the most difficult challenge indie devs have to face but even when your game is not hugely popular Steam can make an interesting difference through weeklong deals.
Dave Toulouse's Comments
[Blog - 11/21/2016 - 12:47]
If you make games targeted ...
If you make games targeted at kids then you 're probably not targeting the right crowd to start with. r n r nhttp://venturebeat.com/2014/04/29/gaming-advocacy-group-the-average-gamer-is-31-and-most-play-on-a-console/ r n r n The average age of someone who plays games is 31 years old. In fact, more gamers are over the age of 36 than ...
[Blog - 10/12/2016 - 10:31]
Hi Brandon, r n r ...
Hi Brandon, r n r nEarly Access is a weird beast hard to master. I wouldn 't read too much into poor EA results as some games are just not that appealing to play in EA. For example, I wouldn 't play a RPG in EA because it 'd probably ...
[Blog - 09/29/2016 - 10:06]
I probably should have said ...
I probably should have said Most players don 't care but I wrote this in the context of reducing risks and lowering the bar to achieve financial sustainability. r n r nWhile I can see how it might appeal to some people, developing your own engine raises this bar because ...
[News - 09/14/2016 - 03:08]
To take the Lands of ...
To take the Lands of Devastation example I say it wasn 't much of a problem. r n r nNever heard of that game, can 't find reviews of that game outside Steam, 86 score still wouldn 't have convince me to buy it even if I would have and ...
[Blog - 07/25/2016 - 12:15]
So then it comes down ...
So then it comes down to why are you making games at all r n r nFor me the goal was to become self-employed. Not rich but just enough to keep the wheel spinning. I just happen to enjoy making games top to bottom hence why a job at a ...
[Blog - 03/08/2016 - 02:56]
It 's not a matter ...
It 's not a matter of never missing any post ever posted on the web but to make sure people take 5 minutes to inform themselves before falling for any scam. r n r nFor example, let 's say you never heard about the youtuber key scam and some youtuber ...