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I am an experienced IT professional with over 25 years in the industry. In 2004, I moved into the game industry working as a game programmer. Life now has new meaning!  In 2010, I founded SynapticSwitch, an indie game studio dedicated to making games that entertain your brain!


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Posted by Robert Madsen on Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:55:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
Over the next several posts I would like to share several articles that I wrote for the IGDA Indiespectives newsletter.

Posted by Robert Madsen on Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:42:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
How do you balance the demands of contract work while tyring to work on your own game? I'm singing the "Contractor Blues"!

Posted by Robert Madsen on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 03:44:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Laid off? Unemployed? Read part III and conclusion of the series on how fate forced me to start my own indie studio or die!

Posted by Robert Madsen on Sat, 04 Jun 2011 03:01:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Think it sucks being unemployed? Cheer up and start your own studio!

Posted by Robert Madsen on Tue, 08 Mar 2011 07:43:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
If you just can't keep or get a job in the game industry because of the current economy, why not create your own job!

Posted by Robert Madsen on Mon, 06 Dec 2010 02:53:00 EST in Programming
Do you have what it takes to run an independent game studio? The temptation to go it on your own probably strikes everyone in the industry at least once. In this blog, we explore the urge to shape your own destiny and give it to the man!

Robert Madsen's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 10/10/2011 - 05:18]

Great perspective and an excellent ...

Great perspective and an excellent point.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/29/2011 - 03:44]

Thanks Cassio ...

Thanks Cassio

Comment In: [Blog - 06/04/2011 - 03:01]

Thanks for the great discussion ...

Thanks for the great discussion I love C for it's ease of development, C for it's power But I'm a programming language junkie and I have coded in COBOL, Fortran, BASIC, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript, C, C , C , Python, Perl, Php, Java, Javascript to name ...

Comment In: [Feature - 05/03/2011 - 04:25]

I have to admit that ...

I have to admit that I have only recently become familiar with the concept of gamification, so there may be exploitative practices that I am not aware of, but I disagree that the entire concept of gamification MUST lead to exploitation. The argument of this article is that gamification equals ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/21/2011 - 02:05]

From one astronomy enthusiast and ...

From one astronomy enthusiast and game developer to another...well written, almost poetic. Grand aspirations R

Comment In: [Blog - 04/22/2011 - 12:20]

Yes, Dave, you are lucky ...

Yes, Dave, you are lucky Actually, as a 25 year veteran IT guy who recently broke into the game industry, I'm still pretty hyped about it. I mean, when I'm creating games I love it. I also chose to become an employee after 15 years of self-employment because, frankly, I ...