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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, 03 Jun 2015 03:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Getting the open-source Haxe/OpenFL stack running on consoles! Originally presented at WWX 2015 (World Wide Haxe Conference) in Paris, France.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:44:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Donations won't work, mods are cool, let's figure this out.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:04:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie
It's very hard to do rich, frequent updates to let our fans know we're not dead. So we made the computers do that for us.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:31:00 EST in Programming, Console/PC, Indie
Learning stenography for text input and programming, mostly for ergonomic reasons. A weird but interesting journey!

Posted by Lars Doucet on Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:23:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie
The future of GameMaker, Open Source vs. Proprietary solutions, and risk.

Posted by Lars Doucet on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:55:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie
A detailed analysis of Steam post-Discovery Update: wishlists, discovery, sales, traffic, and more.

Lars Doucet's Comments

Comment In: [News - 08/26/2015 - 03:14]

Via HackerNews thread: r n ...

Via HackerNews thread: r n r n Took me a minute to find out what actually free means: r n r n Interstitial Advertisements r nWhen a user launches an Amazon Underground app for the first time, a welcome message in the form of an interstitial ad plays. In subsequent ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/21/2015 - 01:37]

Totally r n r nPreaching ...

Totally r n r nPreaching to the choir: r n

Comment In: [News - 07/20/2015 - 04:05]

there are many capable current ...

there are many capable current and former Japanese game executives at Konami, Square Enix, Capcom, Sega, DeNA, Gree and Gung Ho r n r nAre you kidding me If I was looking for a Japanese executive I 'm not sure I would start with that particular list of companies...

Comment In: [News - 06/08/2015 - 04:08]

I think in the long ...

I think in the long run the average person is not going to refund all that much my chief concern is a small number of fringe elements testing the cracks of the system seeking arbitrage opportunities or ways to manipulate charts.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/03/2015 - 03:47]

Thanks for the feedback Let ...

Thanks for the feedback Let me respond to these points. r n r n1. Sure, but that doesn 't mean future games using our technology couldn 't. Unity is based on a virtual machine which comes with significant, unavoidable overhead. Haxe/OpenFL compiles down to raw C . r n r ...

Comment In: [News - 06/02/2015 - 02:26]

Here 's some things to ...

Here 's some things to keep in mind: r n r nLow pricing, deep discounts, perpetual sales, bundles, etc, are all based around lowering the purchasing pain and enticing customers to buy. This leads to players sweeping up loads of games all at once in a big backlog and then ...