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Ted Brown has been a game developer for more than ten years, with credits as a designer and an engineer. He is a community leader in Eugene, Oregon as the co-founder of Bitforest, which empowers local game developers, and Indie Game Con, which promotes them. He is currently working for Pipeworks on advanced applications of game technology, as well as his own project, Chess Heroes.

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Posted by Ted Brown on Thu, 10 Mar 2016 03:14:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
Indie Game Con is no longer going to show indie games "in development." We think it's time for a change. Here's why.

Posted by Ted Brown on Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:07:00 EDT in Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
How should commercially-focused designers approach the mobile space? This article suggests starting with the interface, using explanations and examples to describe why.

Posted by Ted Brown on Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:16:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
Can a "mainstream" indie game survive the Greenlight process? The creator of Chess Heroes has his doubts.

Posted by Ted Brown on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 02:11:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
A brief glimpse into the stress, joy, disappointment, and glory that goes hand in hand with indie game development.

Posted by Ted Brown on Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:42:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Being "bored of games" as a developer is a demoralizing state of affairs. But how could the CEO of a game company admit to this? It turns out there's a connection between personality types, social interactions, and game interactions that could explain it.

Posted by Ted Brown on Mon, 20 May 2013 08:34:00 EDT in
A short, poetical musing on physical form and the new generation gap.

Ted Brown's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 09/08/2015 - 01:36]

Great post, Charles. Thanks for ...

Great post, Charles. Thanks for all of your hard behind the scenes. r n r nI 'm an industry veteran who decamped to a small city with an oddly large game developer per capita ratio: Eugene, Oregon. r n r nI 've watched both our city and Portland grow their ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/04/2015 - 01:51]

What 's interesting to me ...

What 's interesting to me is the way that cities with established game development HISTORY but not COMMUNITY can diverge as early as Stage 2. Eugene, Oregon, where I am based, has a 30 year history of game development, but until recently did not have any sort of community. But ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/18/2014 - 08:59]

First off, I know you ...

First off, I know you 're in a tough spot. I sympathize. r n r nBut I wanted to reach out specifically because, by all accounts, you are shedding people left and right, and don 't know why. You end up taking more and more control just to get things ...

Comment In: [News - 12/19/2013 - 01:02]

Awesome, thank you It 's ...

Awesome, thank you It 's always great to pull up old games for the first time or after decades and discover great design choices. They 're much easier to locate when the play cycle is shorter, and it 's great inspiration for jams. r n r nI 'll make sure ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/18/2013 - 04:54]

Speaking as an indie developer ...

Speaking as an indie developer looking for a storefront, I 've written Humble twice and never heard back. While Greenlight is a hard grind, at least it makes sense. Not getting any response at all is... frustrating. To say the least. r n r nAt the same time, I know ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/18/2013 - 01:34]

Handling the giant divide between ...

Handling the giant divide between new and returning students was always the hardest thing to overcome when I was teaching an after-school game creation program. Kudos for having the guts to go in there, and congrats on pulling it off