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Alex Johansson's Blog

Hello there! Here's a bunch of useful information about stuff that I do and where to keep updated with what I do!
About Me
My name is Alex Johansson, and I'm a games developer from Sheffield currently working in the states teaching games design to 7-17 year olds. I've just established myself as a sole trader running my business in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield, AlexVsCoding. 
I scribble and doodle my ideas down in a pile of sketchpads then use the program Stencylworks to flesh them out. I design all of the levels and produce all of the artwork of the projects. The sound for the games I make come from the awesome following musicians:
Stuff that I do
Narcissus is either a single player multitasking nightmare or a two player friendship tester. Control two characters separately as they jump, drop and inverse through a slew of levels. 
Chigun is a multiplayer shooter about Chickens with Guns. 
Nosey Barkers
Dogs in dresses trying to sniff the other dogs' bottom. Game built for the 0h Gamejam that I've adapted into a full title with plans to release on iOS.
I founded the game development local meet up in the Huddersfield area, along with monthly game jams. 
I run a games course in upstate New York in the Catskill Mountains and have been teaching there for 3 years. Here's an industry talk I did about teaching games development as a method of learning more about the program you use. I'm currently there now with 2 new wonderful staff and a room that I would like some more sunlight for!

Member Blogs

Hey Folks! In a New Year Special, I talk about my experience of building the Narcissus arcade unit followed by a chat with digital installation wizard, Jonatan Van Hove (JOON). Enjoy!

Posted by Alex Johansson on Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:06:00 EST in Design, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
I did a talk a couple of months back at Update Show about my time teaching games design abroad. I've listened through my ramblings and written the story down with some advice about how to get involved with such programs.

Posted by Alex Johansson on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 03:43:00 EST in Design, Production
How can you take the experience of team project in academia and take it in the direction of commercial games development? I cover a couple of simple solutions that are often overlooked but can help bridge the gap.

Posted by Alex Johansson on Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:11:00 EDT in Design, Production, Indie
I did a talk earlier in the week at the University of Huddersfield to a group of students who were starting their team projects. For them I had a selection of advice which may also be useful to other students or new teams starting their first game. Enjoy!

Posted by Alex Johansson on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:37:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Indie
For the last year, I have worked as a sole trader building games for a living. This summer I had the opportunity to work with a traditional artist to build a video game called CHIGUN. Here is a reflective comparison between working alone and together.

As the age barrier continues to rapidly drop for entry into games development, what social consequences on the games industry may this have for developers and the younger generations and what changes should we make?

Alex Johansson's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/27/2014 - 09:11]

Brilliant write up Dan. The ...

Brilliant write up Dan. The number of times I see developers writing pages and pages of debates on Facebook If they took even half of the effort pumped of comment wars into writing an article, they 'd better themselves r n r nI 'll be keeping an eye out for ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/13/2014 - 02:11]

No way If you 're ...

No way If you 're interested, we 're having a gamejam this saturday if you 'd care to join

Comment In: [Blog - 06/28/2014 - 07:27]

Hey Larry, the main places ...

Hey Larry, the main places that I discover games from are the following: r n1. IndieDevPromo on Facebook: Whilst it takes a little longer to filter through many clones , the games on here are updated often and it usually gives you a direct line with the developer. r n2. ...