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I worked on a few game mods. I wrote a thesis on goldfarming. I designed and maintained a back-end management tool for an online game. I helped game teams in setting up and using in-game activity tracking. I analyzed in-game activity / player data. Currently, I'm setting up a data warehouse for a software start-up and, on the side, work with a game development studio on getting a game idea of mine done. :)

 

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Posted by Jan Pontzen on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Indie
A guide on how to install the free version of the data warehousing system / tool "Pentaho Community Edition". Data warehouses are for making your (e.g. game) data useful, persistent, and consolidated as well as merge data from multiple sources.


Posted by Jan Pontzen on Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:48:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Social/Online
Reasoned predictions on the economic intricacies and implications of the upcoming Diablo III auction house system.



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Comment In: [News - 09/15/2016 - 04:25]

Kickstarter campaigns could, for now, ...

Kickstarter campaigns could, for now, issue out coupon codes to their backers e.g. 85 off instead of sending out Steam keys. That way, backers would still purchase the game the normal way and be eligible for reviews that are counted and still receive the benefits of a lot lower product ...

Comment In: [News - 09/13/2016 - 10:23]

Hm so maybe it might ...

Hm so maybe it might be more worthwhile for Kickstarter computer game campaigns to not reward Steam codes but rather to reward Steam coupons with e.g. 90 price reduction instead That way, Kickstarter backers could post ideally positive reviews that are accounted for in the Steam review scores and still ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/29/2015 - 02:22]

For Unity-based games, their tool ...

For Unity-based games, their tool Game Analytics is very helpful and integrated by default. They also recently added custom segments without any limitations. r n r nFrom personal experiences, I recently started to greatly appreciate Google Analytics with its major advantage being that you can gather a lot more interesting ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/20/2015 - 01:54]

As a single father of ...

As a single father of a 2-year-old working in games, I strongly approve of this blog post.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/01/2011 - 03:17]

In Diablo III, especially in ...

In Diablo III, especially in comparison to Diablo II, direct trading shouldn't be of an issue. Each user will have a unique identifier, e.g. Hanswurst.110 . The seller offers an item on an external site to a specified price, the purchasing user transmits the money and his ID, the seller ...

Comment In: [News - 11/30/2010 - 10:30]

It is sad to see ...

It is sad to see how several of the people commenting react to this article. It indicates an attitude of perceived cultural superiority of the Western culture towards other cultures, religious beliefs, and traditions. I welcome the efforts of the ESRA and I am eager to see to which degree ...