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David Canela's Blog


Hi, I'm a game and audio designer from Switzerland/Spain. In a previous life I worked in the legal field, but then decided creating rules that bring people joy could be even more fun than working with the rules of society ;) When I'm not doing contract work in the audio field (sound effects and music), I currently work on my own game called Modsork.


Member Blogs

Posted by David Canela on Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:43:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
A brief, case-study based observation on how designers can work around limitations and weaknesses of input and output hardware by making smart choices about their game's fictional world.

Posted by David Canela on Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:22:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
A look at the design motivations and the reasoning behind the overhaul of MODSORK's power-up system. How the implementation of gesture-activated special abilities improves the game on visceral and strategic layers, as well as its conceptual coherence.

Posted by David Canela on Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:18:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Recently, I've prioritized unusual things such as menus & a tutorial over developing gameplay features or producing content. Here I explain how and why my approach of taking the game to as many game shows as possible drove these decisions.

Posted by David Canela on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Thoughts and learnings on showing your game at game events, based on experiences from various game expos in the last 6 months, from a one-man studio's perspective. Topics: Should you even go?; Preparation; Booth Design; During the Show; Aftermath;

Posted by David Canela on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
There is cultural value in a healthy, open and free mod scene. Will the addition of easy monetization routes somehow harm the modding community? I'm optimistic that it'll turn out fine, even if there will be casualties.

Posted by David Canela on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:55:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
A critical look at some of DA:I's menus (on PS4) and how they're accessed, along with ideas how they could be handled differently. Focus lies on 1) unresponsiveness of character switching inside menus and 2) the crafting/modification menus.

David Canela's Comments

Comment In: [News - 06/02/2017 - 11:21]

I agree about the low-hanging ...

I agree about the low-hanging fruit. It makes simply no sense at all to recommend or feature games on the store page to a user that already has them, it 's a waste of precious real-estate and attention. The user just gets irritated and Valve and other devs miss an ...

Comment In: [News - 02/17/2017 - 06:54]

This is slightly off-topic, but: ...

This is slightly off-topic, but: r nAre expectations really that high for HL3 Isn 't it possible a large amount of people would be perfectly happy with a competent shooter that brings closure to that storyline Doom worked. Wolfenstein worked. Titanfall 2 was lauded for its campaign. It didn 't ...

Comment In: [News - 02/17/2017 - 03:59]

Unfulfilled consumer expectations and a ...

Unfulfilled consumer expectations and a silly fallacy that somehow won 't die are at the source of many Walking-Simulator Games/Notgames discussions. The label game describes specific properties, not this is good/this is bad . Yet it is used as such by both critics let 's just generously call them that ...

Comment In: [News - 02/10/2017 - 01:03]

One thing that I like ...

One thing that I like about the proposed new system is that it removes uncertainty. I was lucky, my game got greenlit in under 2 weeks, but if you don 't make the most out of the initial eyeballs they direct to your page, it can apparently easily take some ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2017 - 11:05]

As a solo developer with ...

As a solo developer with plans to get my game onto consoles after Steam, this is a big unknown and I wish there was more info available to better estimate what I 'll be getting myself into, especially when it comes to specifics. Thanks for the article

Comment In: [News - 12/05/2016 - 04:00]

Thanks for the very interesting ...

Thanks for the very interesting write-up I haven 't got very far into Soft Body yet, but I intend to, as I 'm busy making my own game based on similiarly mind-splitting controls, it 's called MODSORK . Struggling with but ultimately enjoying Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ...