Lee Perry's Blog
I'm Lee Perry, I've been making games for around 20 years, making me older than dirt. I was Lead Designer at Epic Games and worked there for 10 years prior to going indie with 5 friends and forming BitMonster.
In a year and a half we've created 3 games, all featured by Apple worldwide (Lili on iOS, THRED on iOS, and Gunner Z on iOS) and it's been a crazy informative adventure. I hope to share a lot about it, and perhaps we can all be better off for it.
As a developer, you're doing yourself a huge disservice by actively blocking out games that you view as "too mainstream". Don't take pride in being myopic under the guise of "having high standards"; you never know where ideas and trends will come from.
We all have preferences and metrics for what we consider "a good story" in a game. When I boil down my preferences, 9 times out of 10 it comes down to relatable dialogue and one or two other pet peeves. Hope you enjoy!
When we lament the existence of clones and "rip-offs" of other games, we sometimes miss the reason they happen from a design perspective. I believe communication is a factor in why this happens.
It's hard to deny indie gaming as a legitimate force in the industry. So why is it such a challenge to find a platform that delivers what so many small developers really need in order to flourish? Who will build the next developer promised land?
In this post I ask of you to clear your mind for a few minutes, wipe away preconceptions about motives and skeezy companies. Lets pluck out a couple facets of F2P gaming and analyze them specifically for their own merits.
Whenever a developer asks or allows me to look at an unfinished project to give advice, time and again I find myself giving this same input. Make your game "feel" good. A nebulous bit of input, but not as hard to implement as you'd think.
Lee Perry's Comments
[Blog - 11/18/2013 - 11:29]
Alright, lets close the Fox ...
Alright, lets close the Fox news banter for a second. : r n r nWhat 's an example of a game that millions of people play, that you believe has no merit IMO it 's not really possible.
[Blog - 11/11/2013 - 11:14]
I 'd point to ICO ...
I 'd point to ICO and SoTC as great examples, but my other example of Breakdown was great in that regard to. They told the story with loads of environmental action moments and situations.
[Blog - 08/05/2013 - 10:32]
I think I 'd be ...
I think I 'd be fully guilty of a Killswitch with Monsters label from Gears days, haha.
[Blog - 06/04/2013 - 12:46]
Haha, I love it. I ...
Haha, I love it. I just put up my blog post lamenting the lack of a perfect indie platform as well. Your posts is an excellent detailing of actionable suggestions. Well done
[Blog - 06/05/2013 - 01:12]
Agreed with Scott. I don ...
Agreed with Scott. I don 't imagine any platform could successfully be only indie stuff, it needs to be integrated with other big titles to keep traffic going and so mainstream players can stumble upon indie gems.
[News - 06/04/2013 - 12:03]
I have so many great ...
I have so many great memories of GD, both reading it religiously, and contributing. Thanks so much to all the staff who made it possible, you accomplished and influenced so many people in an overwhelmingly positive way. I hope you 're all incredibly proud of your legacy.