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James Coote's Blog


Founder and game developer at Crystalline Green Ltd.

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Posted by James Coote on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:57:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The Wii U is reaching the end of its lifetime, but after nearly three years making games for Wii U in one way or another, I still plan to continue that for as long as Nintendo will let me. Why? The Wii U has all the toys a game designer could want.

Posted by James Coote on Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:01:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
A personal story, and a retrospective on why the OUYA failed and what can be learned from it.

Posted by James Coote on Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:45:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
Experiments and experiences of using eye tracking technology from the recent Rolling Eye game jam

Posted by James Coote on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:22:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Indie
Exploring social awkwardness through games

Posted by James Coote on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:00:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Nintendo plan to create a new "Quality of Life" platform. But what sort of things can a games company like Nintendo bring to the world of fitness and healthcare, and why should we, as an industry, care?

Posted by James Coote on Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:05:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie
My impressions of the [email protected] event for Xbox One indie developers

James Coote's Comments

Comment In: [News - 01/04/2018 - 05:19]

I think the danger of ...

I think the danger of this approach in open-ended genres like 4x strategy, is that you end up dictating play styles. Or you end up losing flexibility and ability to take advantages. E.g. if in the early game you find a weakling neighbour, and decide to invade them. But you ...

Comment In: [News - 01/03/2018 - 02:15]

It 's a shame, as ...

It 's a shame, as Kinect v2 is rather good for all sorts of unusual and odd one-off applications especially installations . Even if it lives on in other technology, like Hololens, having the separate peripheral attached to a PC is really convenient. r n r nJust never hit it ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/31/2017 - 09:48]

Been thinking likewise recently. Plus ...

Been thinking likewise recently. Plus you can scratch more creative itches by doing more, smaller games.

Comment In: [News - 10/25/2017 - 02:24]

This conflates two separate issues: ...

This conflates two separate issues: r n r n1 . Kids being able to spend on their parents ' credit cards too easily. This was looked at by regulators some years ago, guidelines put in place, and, as with the CSGO youtubers, prosecutions made. r n r nThe only issue ...

Comment In: [News - 09/20/2017 - 05:33]

Thinking about what Stieglitz said ...

Thinking about what Stieglitz said about using reviews as a way of getting feedback - maybe swapping out the Steam Review system with a feedback system could help change the whole conversation around games on Steam.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/14/2017 - 10:39]

I 'd suggest it 's ...

I 'd suggest it 's not the hardware itself that 's the problem. Rather, alternative controllers require genuinely innovative mechanics design. You can 't take an existing genre or template game off the shelf and just put a twist on it. r n r nThere are many hidden barriers to ...