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Martin Annander's Blog   Expert Blogs


I'm an opinionated gamer and game developer hoping to get a discussion going about how we can make game development a more mature industry and work place.

I work as Design Director at Toadman Interactive.

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Expert Blogs

Posted by Martin Annander on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:43:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production
Eleven things you should do for your studio if you want to improve and keep your team motivated.

Posted by Martin Annander on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:21:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
It makes all the difference how we portray violence in our games, and how we think about violence.

Posted by Martin Annander on Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:26:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Game developers must understand the value they generate, and learn to benefit from it.

Posted by Martin Annander on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:44:00 EDT in Production, Console/PC, Indie
Nine things you should actively work to avoid, if you set out to run your own game studio.

Posted by Martin Annander on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:49:00 EST in Design, Smartphone/Tablet
If you make the transition from consoles to mobile - don't expect it to be easy. This is a list of widely used control schemes and can hopefully inspire you to make your own next-generation games for touch devices without relying on console mechanics.

Posted by Martin Annander on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:27:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Interaction has become the broken nose of video games. Narrative storytelling the cosmetic surgery. This article on game story argues that games need to borrow less and invent more.

Martin Annander's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/25/2017 - 10:21]

Great anecdote I remember Skyrim ...

Great anecdote I remember Skyrim as the game with all the angry wildlife. Not too far from your description. It really does get absurd sometimes, especially when - as you say - there is no other option. Just as much as you can 't surrender as a player, enemies never ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/18/2017 - 10:39]

I have to disagree that ...

I have to disagree that FG games are any different from what you call 'classical plot ' games. The story is still entirely incidental to the player 's interaction with the game world. You 're the remote control that starts snippets of content in a somewhat depressing theme park. Unless ...

Comment In: [News - 03/30/2016 - 12:35]

Excellent news, and should 've ...

Excellent news, and should 've happened years ago. Something more akin to the Apple App Store or Google Play would be infinitely much better than the devkit/submission circus.

Comment In: [News - 03/28/2016 - 04:01]

What I find most interesting ...

What I find most interesting is that procedural storytelling or procedural narrative seems to have many different interpretations. Not conflicts of any kind, just interpretations of what 'story ' means to a game. I will follow any developments like this as closely as I can

Comment In: [Blog - 11/30/2015 - 03:20]

Amen to pretty much everything ...

Amen to pretty much everything you said. I especially understand the cult reference, since I suddenly realised one day after leaving a company that everyone I knew in the city I lived was still working there or had quit for similar reasons I did. r n r nBut the worst ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/24/2015 - 06:26]

That 's definitely how Pop ...

That 's definitely how Pop would be advertised, but for games, I 'd argue it includes how you handle your marketing. You should only talk about your engine if you get paid for it, get a better deal for it, or if you are a particularly credited expert, etc. r ...