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Simon Carless's Expert Blogs

This week's roundup includes pieces on Disco Elysium & Pistol Whip, as well as articles or videos on the science of addiction, Japanese arcades, cryptography in Mario Maker 2, and lots more besides.


This week's roundup includes impressions and reviews of a whole bunch of big holiday titles, from Death Stranding through Luigi's Mansion 3 to Modern Warfare and beyond, as well as neat pieces on food in games, Junji Ito's influence on our medium, & lots


Posted by Simon Carless on Fri, 01 Nov 2019 06:20:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC
So, I’ve been spending time corresponding with the kind folks who replied to my ‘call for Steam data’. This is the first in a series of columns exposing some of that data - or interviewing folks anonymously about their experiences.


This week's highlights include a couple of pieces on the hotly awaited The Outer Worlds, and a gratifyingly complex New York Times magazine piece on the nature of game addiction - or indeed, any addiction.


This week's highlights include the end (and resurrection) of Fortnite, an early look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, plus a whole heap of new titles under the microscope - from Manifold Garden to Killer Queen Black to Disco Elysium and far beyond.


Posted by Simon Carless on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:04:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC
Interpreting some real-world data posted on Twitter by David Leon, the lead creator of shadow-based stealth action game Aragami, to find out some interesting facts about Steam Daily Deals & DLC attach rates.


This week's highlights include a look at fallout from Blizzard's 'Hong Kong censorship' controversy, new titles including Concrete Genie, Neo Cab, and John Wick Hex, plus a great look at the reality of indie game sales and lots more.


Posted by Simon Carless on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 05:18:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC
My recent piece on discoverability for Nintendo Switch got some decent feedback from a few active Switch developers - here's an update with some new data points and info.


This week's highlights include several pieces about Untitled Goose Game, of course, but also articles or videos on Noita, Later Alligator, What The Golf, The Last Of Us 2, an unreleased MC Hammer game (!), & a plethora of others.


Posted by Simon Carless on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 02:33:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
In the world of near-infinite games, does a ‘video game publisher’ actually make your game sell better? Here's some key points to think about when you decide if you want a publisher or... not.


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