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Lars Doucet's Blog   Expert Blogs


Lars A. Doucet is the Co-Founder of Level Up Labs, LLC, an independent game design studio based in Bryan, TX, and has a Master's degree in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University.

His latest project is the successful RPG/Tower Defense hybrid Defender's Quest.

In addition to his work at LUL, Lars has been a consultant who specializes in "Applied Gaming," an emerging field that uses game design and game technology for new uses both in and out of the entertainment sector.

Lars' applied gaming projects include Super Energy Apocalypse, in collaboration with the Houston Advanced Research Center, and CellCraft, through Wake Forest University and the MacArthur foundation.

Lars has also consulted for Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning as well as various departments at Texas A&M University.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Lars Doucet on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:48:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Feelings on being a solid mid-level success in a world with predatory dream factories.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:01:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
We localized our game into 6 languages. It was worth it.

A simple "rule of thumb" for quick "smell-test" risk assessment of crowdfunded game projects.

In which I argue that Adobe can save the Flash ecosystem (and their tools business) by pivoting towards Open Source standards like Haxe.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:51:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
What if there was a way to mathematically detect games that have a lot of interest from a small niche, but haven't gotten the wider exposure they deserve yet?

Posted by Lars Doucet on Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:03:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Indie
Legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will compose the main theme of Defender's Quest 2: Mists of Ruin. Details inside.

Lars Doucet's Comments

Comment In: [News - 08/29/2014 - 07:23]

I 'm wondering if this ...

I 'm wondering if this is kind of more like the GameBoy -- GameBoy Color upgrade than the DS -- DSi. r n r nThe question turns on whether the beefed up CPU is actually available to developers, or is just there to accelerate performance in the internal OS / ...

Comment In: [News - 08/28/2014 - 01:00]

Apropos of nothing: r n ...

Apropos of nothing: r n r nShe is literally, right now: r n1. a Jew r n2. in fear for her life r n3. who has been driven out of her home r n4. by an angry mob that hates her r n5. among whom are those who credibly have ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/27/2014 - 01:26]

It should also be noted ...

It should also be noted that this group is a little hard to describe in traditional left/right political terms -- recent surveys from within the reddit MRA groups reveal they strongly self-identify as both irreligious and non-republican, which are the opposite of traditional American conservative tribal markers in those two ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/20/2014 - 02:48]

Perhaps I wasn 't clear ...

Perhaps I wasn 't clear -- making Defender 's Quest was actually more fulfilling than my Dream Game, because my Dream Game if by this you mean Secret of the Dragons was something I conceived of as a child, and looking back on it, wasn 't very interesting. r n ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/13/2014 - 05:01]

Life to date market share ...

Life to date market share numbers : r n r nRank Country Share r n1. USA 43.7 r n2. Germany 8.1 r n3. Canada 7.1 r n4. Russia 6.9 r n5. UK 5.5 r n6. Australia 3.5 r n7. France 2.9 r n8. Brazil 2.0 r n9. S.Korea 1.6 r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/12/2014 - 12:56]

I don 't like playing ...

I don 't like playing First Person Shooters with male leads.