A Successful Indie Videogame Company Vs. A Failure: What’s the Difference?

A videogame company is a difficult venture for anyone, even with the deepest of pockets. The failure rate is EXTREME. How extreme? The New York Times says 80% of games (8 of 10) fail to make a profit. So what distinguishes a good videogame company from all the failures? We came upon this game industry […]

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A Game Designer Who Hates Art Classes?

A game designer hopeful wrote us to get some guidance on coursework. We thought it’d be helpful to everyone to share the response. It’s good that you’re so focused on your goal of game art/design. However, I’m surprised you don’t enjoy classes like sculpture and photography. Most game artists would gladly swap places with you […]

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Austin Central Library Picked By TIME As One of the World’s Greatest Places

We’re all proud of Austin Central Library. It’s an impressive structure right by Town Lake in the heart of downtown, with a lot of great books, an event space, a rooftop butterfly garden, a “tech petting zoo” where visitors can try out new gadgets, and even a world-class collection of self-published lit with a focus […]

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Game Case Study Update: Kaos War and Damon Grow

So recently I wrote a long, rambling post talking about the Kaos War MMORPG and some of the mistakes that founder Damon Grow makes during their journey (as documented by a Games.net video series). What ever happened with Damon and Kaos War? Kaos War never came out. Not a big surprise, you say? Get this: […]

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Do You Watch Your Friends Play Games?

Not everybody enjoys watching others play videogames, just like not everybody enjoys others play sports. There’s something about games that demands that hands-on experience. Of course, a big part of it depends on the style and personality of the person you’re watching. If you’re a stealth gamer, you probably wouldn’t enjoy watching a brawler barrel through levels, […]

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Brain Game Answers

As promised, our quiz answers…! Mount Everest was still the tallest, but we just didn’t know it yet. Also known as Mount Chomolungma or Sagarmatha. The child was born before the founding of the United States, which wasn’t really that long ago. Once, and then it becomes 20, not 25. Although we’re also accepting the answer “infinitely” […]

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One of the Best MMORPG Info Sites

Finding the Best MMORPG Are you too time-constrained to figure out the best MMORPG for your gaming happiness? The Game Writer Central crew is sending a shout-out to WhatMMORPG.com, a very useful and noteworthy resource. Even figuring out the basics of MMORPG play can be a huge timesink. Who wants to wade through all the marketing fluff […]

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Austin LAN Party Discounts

If you’re looking to get your game on with dozens of other Austin PC gamers this summer, you’re in luck. Mayhem Team, a very inclusive group of gamers operating under the admirable slogan “Character Above Skill,” is setting up a massive Austin LAN party at the Omni Hotel at Southpark, a good south-central location. The […]

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Rapidfire Review: Fret Nice

Game Write-ups on Ritalin Hello, game writer central denizens. We’re rolling out a quickie review tonight of the PS3 demo Fret Nice. For the time-constrained gamer, game demos are an ideal way of assessing the longevity of a videogame before the actual purchase. Game demos aren’t always a perfect reflection of the final product, but […]

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Austin Game Tester, Part II

New Game Tester Job We’ve got an urgent call for game testers to work at Bioware, one of the best studios in Austin. “We are looking for 20 Game testers for Bioware. We need to hire them by Friday. There are onsite interview on this Friday for this job in our office and start on […]

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