Collaborative Efforts

by ebrown 16. April 2012 20:27

As I indicated in my previous post, my main focus is on games development. I have started a number of different games to test the playability of an idea and most are put on the back-burner for me to come back to when more thought has been put into it's game-play.

I recently discovered a work colleague that is an avid gamer for PS3 and also happens to be a graphic artist for the company I work at. We started chatting and got onto the topic of idie games development and what I'm doing and now we're working collaboratively on a new title.

What I am completely amazed at is how well we're working together and the ideas that are constantly coming in from both of us. Having someone else working on a game with me is providing a very different insight into what is possible as an idie. The graphic work now coming in as a result is nothing short of amazing and is clearly a skill that I completely lack. With the new artwork and ideas the game is now much improved. I can't say too much about the game or it's name just yet but it'll be ready for release very soon.

If you're an idie and also working for a company that has a marketing team with graphic artists it may well be worth having a quick chat with them over a coffee and see if anyone may be interested in working on a game title with you.

I'll update the blog later with details of the game etc. and of course, it'll all be posted with images etc. at MozzieByte.

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Indie Game Development

by ebrown 3. November 2011 19:26

As part of my personal career development I've embarked on a path that will hopefully lead to developing games for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Wii, XBox, PC, Mac and PS3.

Let's face it, life is too short and needs to be fun! Right!

I've updated my site MozzieByte to reflect this line of thought. It has current game developments I'm working on and will eventually host other interesting and fun stuff. Check it out if it's your thing too.

I'll continue updating this blog from time to time but for now my main focus and energies will be spent on MozzieByte.

Cheers,
Ed

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Bored or Burnt Out…what’s the difference?

by ebrown 24. October 2010 09:07

Hi again,

I recently came to the conclusion that I’m bored or burnt out when it comes to software development. I work full time as a .NET business application developer, I do a fair bit of .NET development for a good friend and I was also developing a Point of Sale system as my own project….so it’s .NET business application development for a good 13 to 14 hours each day (7 days a week).

I’ve also been doing this for over 6 years solid and with almost no time off in that period. It’s no wonder that when I get to work or sit in front of the home PC to continue development on other projects that I’m just not interested and looking for distractions to get me away from the screen. I can’t tell if I’m just bored or burnt out and to be completely honest I don’t think that there’s any real difference.

To also add to this I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply do not have the time or patience when it comes to basic and simple User questions. This became very obvious during a recent project release into production.

So, I’ve decided to STOP all development on my own Point of Sale project. It makes no sense to continue with a project that will ultimately provide me with more stress. I’ll also be toning down the amount of time that I’m spending developing applications for this good friend of mine.

I need to do these things before I find myself completely bored and uninterested in any further business application software development.

Some years ago, I tried my hand at games development with another good friend. We had a few good ideas and I was very keen to get on board with the whole games development scene….but time was not on my side and money was a huge issue for me then too. But, lately, I have been looking into getting on with my games development life again and I’m happy to say that I’ve now got a new interest in software development and one that will also provide a bit of entertainment for both myself and my kids. I’ll be blogging more about this as time goes on.

Well, it’s getting late and I need to start work early tomorrow.

BFN!

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