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Lena LeRay is a writer for Gamasutra sister site IndieGames.com. She's one of the developers of Ultra Hat Dimension. Her day job is teaching English in Japan as a JET Program participant.

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Posted by Lena LeRay on Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:21:00 EDT in Indie
Finally back with another LTA video, this time on Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim. I like this game, but the devs had an overly ambitious plan for the budget they crowdfunded, and that makes this a great example of why we need both AAA and indie games.


Posted by Lena LeRay on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:14:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
When crafting press kits and mailing the press, consider word choice and whether your choice of "platform" carries enough information to be useful.


Posted by Lena LeRay on Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:38:00 EDT in Design, Serious
Got some more work done on my phonics shmup last week. Added shields, changed my plan for how phonemes will fit into the game.


Posted by Lena LeRay on Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:04:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Indie
Epistory: Typing Chronicles just came out. After I called it an "educational game" in a trailer roundup, the developers asked me not to call it that. But its educational value is too high for me to stop. :/


Posted by Lena LeRay on Mon, 07 Mar 2016 02:37:00 EST in Design, Indie
My newest Let's Talk About... is on Alto's Adventure, the little endless snowboarder that quietly stole my heart.


Posted by Lena LeRay on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:45:00 EST in Business/Marketing
Square-Enix uses the PS4's stream blocking feature to block cutscenes instead of login screens. This is me talking about why I think that's bad, but also trying to work through why they might have decided to do it.



Lena LeRay's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 10/03/2016 - 05:21]

I had trouble staggering, too. ...

I had trouble staggering, too. And I totally didn 't notice the rebindability issues, for once, because I was enjoying the hell out of my Steam controller. D: There 's really no excuse for not allowing rebinding, though. r n r nAs for the music, I have to be careful ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/09/2016 - 10:11]

Reading this has reminded me ...

Reading this has reminded me of the many variations on the overworld theme in Banjo Kazooie and how cool it was to move from area to area and hear the music fade from one variation to another. I would love to see more of that in VR.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/18/2016 - 11:36]

This is a great writeup... ...

This is a great writeup... but what about people who 've turned Cortana off because of privacy concerns Will they simply be unable to play the game

Comment In: [Blog - 04/18/2016 - 11:35]

I have to agree. I, ...

I have to agree. I, personally, am sick of these kinds of things and definitely avoid the internet altogether on April 1st. We had two pieces of prank PR sent to us at IndieGames.com, Clustertruck 's and one other that was in very poor taste, and I was angry to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/09/2016 - 02:29]

This essay is incomplete. It ...

This essay is incomplete. It doesn 't mention The Stanley Parable or Undertale, two high-profile instances of exactly the kind of humor you 're talking about.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/12/2016 - 02:31]

Hm. I checked for itch.io ...

Hm. I checked for itch.io and didn 't see it, so I just used PC Other . We 're only on Windows and only on itch.io right now, so I didn 't have reason to look harder. You should email Rami Ismail about that. I don 't think enough people ...