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Shay Pierce makes games and lives in Austin, Texas.

Shay started designing and developing digital games at 13 years old, and began doing it professionally in 2003. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science, and has worked for such employers as Blizzard, Midway, NewToy, and OMGPOP. He is now sole proprietor of Deep Plaid Games LLC, an independent game development micro-studio.

Shay resides in the world's capital for cool geeks, Austin, TX. In addition to making and playing games of all stripes, Shay enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs; running; and growing hair.


Expert Blogs

I'm celebrating my independence by finishing a side project on a tight schedule... and doing daily livestreams of development! I hope to use the show as a chance to talk about game coding in a frank and honest way... please come ask me coding questions!

Posted by Shay Pierce on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:30:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
People won't buy your game just because it has awesome gameplay - sad but true. Here's some pragmatic thoughts on solving this conundrum without having to be inauthentic.

Posted by Shay Pierce on Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:00:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
I'm not seeing enough people talking about why the game "Papers, Please" is incredible and important, so I want to start that conversation by explaining why I hold that view! In part 1, a high-level overview of my reasoning.

I briefly talk about the OMGPOP/Zynga drama, and relate the indie projects I've been working on with my newfound freedom over the past year.

Posted by Shay Pierce on Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:47:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
I ruminate on friction between AAA and indie developers, and whether Scott McCloud's four tribes of artists (Classicists, Animists, Formalists, and Iconoclasts) can be applied to the wildly different types of game-design auteurs that exist.

Posted by Shay Pierce on Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:12:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
I apply a classic (and important) quote from Jon Blow to give some perspective on the current debate surrounding Steam and Greenlight, and add a few thoughts of my own about the rapidly-changing landscape of indie games.

Shay Pierce's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/06/2015 - 07:16]

The point of the video ...

The point of the video isn 't that you have to break the mold to be successful ... r n r nIt 's that spending your life entertaining people and being creative aka having a career in the entertainment industry is something that people do and always have done, and ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/23/2015 - 02:01]

I saw this Gamasutra headline, ...

I saw this Gamasutra headline, then immediately ran into this issue in my project for the first time... bizarre r n r nI was also seeing warning messages related to timestamps before this happened. Here is one of them, for reference: r nAsset '/Applications/Unity/ ' is in timestamps but is ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/20/2015 - 04:04]

I 'm strongly Formalist but ...

I 'm strongly Formalist but I don 't think that means my/our perspective is objectively correct ... r n r nFirst, note that I 'm also using Formalist specifically according to McCloud 's 4 tribes of artists I explained those and my thoughts about their relationship to games once here: ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/07/2014 - 01:25]

I think this is a ...

I think this is a valuable perspective, but I also think it could be expressed more succinctly: Try starting with the 'A ' in the MDA framework, rather than the M. r n r nI think people often misunderstand the A in MDA: aesthetics is often taken as referring to ...

Comment In: [News - 11/03/2014 - 08:20]

The year: r n r ...

The year: r n r n2314. r n r nThe planet: r n r nEARTH. r n r n Professor Smyiyth You must come see this r n r n What What is it r n r n We have unearthed a small rectangular structure We thought it was what ...