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Kevin Ng is the founder of independent game developer WONDERFUL LASERS Inc. Based in BC, Canada, WL creates tightly focused games often with unique visual aesthetics and gameplay innovation. A former developer for Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games, Ubisoft and Warthog, Kevin has worked on titles such as Skate, Bully, Assassin's Creed IV and Starlancer.
Kevin is currently working on Super Impossible Road, a racing game about cheating (in the form of shortcuts). It's coming for PlayStation 4, and it's in Early Access on Steam. See http://superimpossibleroad.com/ for more details.
You can contact Kevin at @gradiance, or kevin (at) wonderful-lasers (dot) com.
The double dip. It's a seedy practice that buyers of DVDs are all-too familiar with, but one which also pervades the App Store. Making your customer buy the game separately for iPhone and iPad is bad form. Let's stop doing it, m'kay?
The trend in games over the last couple of years is clear. Dark Souls, Super Hexagon, FTL - death is in fashion. Or, more precisely: frequent, almost inevitable player death. How can embracing the possibilities of death serve the game design?
A recent letter requesting an order for one of my old shareware games from 1994 brings some perspective to the current indie game status quo.
It’s hard not be irked famous developer Kickstarters when the language invoked is that of charity: “pledge”, “please help”, “support”, “donation”, “how you can help”, “we need your help”, “spread the word” all being fairly common.
Kevin Ng's Comments
[Blog - 02/13/2013 - 04:00]
The difference is a universal ...
The difference is a universal app has both versions for one price, rather than arbitrarily separating the two so you have to buy both. Apologies if this was not clear enough.
[Blog - 01/07/2013 - 07:39]
Sorry you didn 't enjoy ...
Sorry you didn 't enjoy the article, Nathan. I certainly wouldn 't claim this is an extensive analysis of the market. it 's just an opinion piece, designed for further conversation, nothing more. Apologies if that offends you.
[Blog - 11/29/2012 - 10:20]
Touching on a good point ...
Touching on a good point here. it 's also great for the industry in general that niche games can now reach their audience, which will help diversify when the mainstream seems to be gravitating towards the same genres.