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Alistair Doulin's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

Alistair fills the roles of programmer, producer, designer and blogger. He has released games for PC, mobile and Xbox360 over the past seven years. Alistair is now an indie developer where he runs Bane Games, a Brisbane based game development studio that has just released its fourth game, Battle Group 2.

He is fanatically pragmatic, focussing on emergent gameplay and simple interfaces. With over ten years of software development experience he has recently become a Certified Scrum Master.

Game Credits:

Battle Group 2 - Steam (PC, Mac, Linux), iOS, Android
Battle Group - iOS, Mac, Android, PC
Flick Buddies - iPhone, iPad, Web
Battlestar Galactica - PC, Xbox 360
Zoo Quest: Puzzle Fun - Windows, iPhone, Nintendo DS
HotDogs HotGals - PC

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Alistair Doulin on Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:10:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
How do indie game developers with small teams create enough content to engage players for a reasonable length of time? I discuss possible solutions to this problem and would like to hear other people's thoughts.


Posted by Alistair Doulin on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:51:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online, VR
Facebook just announced they will be acquiring Oculus for $2B. The internet is ablaze with almost unanimous displeasure about this announcement and Id like to dig into why, despite an initial surprised reaction, I am happy about this acquisition.


Posted by Alistair Doulin on Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:03:00 EDT in Indie
How we are using Unity for our 4th game. The 3rd party tools we use and how we lay out our projects.


Posted by Alistair Doulin on Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:11:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Have you thought about making a Free To Play game? What is the current landscape of F2P? This post outlines the step from paid to Free To Play in our upcoming game, Battle Group 2 and how we (as Indie's) are planning to compete.


Posted by Alistair Doulin on Tue, 01 Jan 2013 08:15:00 EST in Production, Console/PC
Well, the world didn't end (of course) so it's time to look to the next twelve months and predict what we might see in 2013. Here are my predictions for the video game industry in 2013.


Posted by Alistair Doulin on Tue, 01 Jan 2013 02:08:00 EST in Production, Indie
A run down of what went right and wrong with the release of Battle Group. From perfect score reviews to critical bugs on day one. How we released a game on four platforms simultaneously.



Alistair Doulin's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/09/2014 - 12:10]

Totally agree with your thoughts. ...

Totally agree with your thoughts. I think with whatever option you choose tools are an absolute necessity. In Battle Group 2 we did this exact thing for our procedural land generation. The game could automatically generate land pieces at run-time and there was an option in the editor to do ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/09/2014 - 08:11]

Thanks Phil. We will be ...

Thanks Phil. We will be showing Battle Group 2 off at GDC Play so drop by if you are about. I will be blogging about our success or otherwise in the coming months.

Comment In: [News - 12/12/2011 - 04:04]

@ Christian My original response ...

@ Christian My original response was @Stone, sorry for the confusion. I agree with what you're saying that they are 100 linked logically. All of these things sounds, visuals, etc give the player a view into the gameplay and therefore they are two sides of the same coin.

Comment In: [Blog - 12/08/2011 - 06:29]

Most projects I've been on ...

Most projects I've been on however the engine is usually complete, whether off the shelf or a proprietary engine carried over from previous games. In that case it's more about engine developers working on the glue that connects the gameplay to the engine and this is heavily lead by gameplay ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/08/2011 - 10:14]

Great point Timothee. It's easy ...

Great point Timothee. It's easy to forget particularly deep in crunch that the creation of code is often the easiest part. It's not until weeks or months later that you go back over this code that the real challenge begins. Code reviews and pair programming are great ways of reducing ...

Comment In: [News - 05/30/2011 - 05:03]

Great list. We also use ...

Great list. We also use Acunote - http://www.acunote.com. It lets us to task tracking using Scrum and has a nice built in wiki for game design docs and other collaboration.