The affordable Switch: how low prices are helping Nintendo compete

The Nintendo Switch release date is fast approaching, and with it the gaming community has been speculating what the price point would be for the console.  As trends would indicate, console prices go up as economic inflation and subsequent generations drive up the cost. However, Nintendo has been able to keep the introductory price of the Nintendo…

Unity: an unreal solution to indie game development

Most people know that video games are software, however, what they might not recognize is that they are built within game engines. Game engines provide suites of game development tech and tools needed to create and run a video game. While most game development studios create their own proprietary game engines, other, typically smaller game studios…

Glorifying OT: the law of diminishing returns

Video game development philosophies have grown by leaps and bounds since the development of the first commercial video games.  However, one facet has become a mainstay of development which has had a detrimental effect on the talent within the industry, and that is the glorification of working overtime or “crunch”. Leadership and planning The concept of overtime…

The look of locomotion: animation’s role in immersion

The aesthetic and feel of locomotion in video games plays an important role in how the player feels about the pawn they control. Too repetitive and rigid, and it may become boring to watch. Too dynamic and artistic and it may encounter trouble with the responsiveness of the controls. Finding a happy mediums between responsiveness…