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I’m currently the EVP of UBM Technology’s Game Network & Black Hat, meaning that I oversee the Game Developers Conference – plus the double Webby award-winning Gamasutra website, the Black Hat set of worldwide security events, and more.

I’m also Chairman Emeritus of the yearly ‘Sundance Festival for games’, the Independent Games Festival, which holds its awards at GDC yearly. I also chair the committee for the Game Developers Choice Awards, and help program the Independent Games Summit. And in a former life, I was a game designer on PlayStation 1-era console games for companies like Eidos & Infogrames/Atari.

 

Expert Blogs

This week's roundup includes a classic postmortem of Sega's seminal Panzer Dragoon series, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games, the return of D&D, and much more besides.


This week's roundup includes intriguing debuts from Falcon Age and Vacation Simulator, a historical tour of The Division's New York, John Romero's finishing of the DOOM saga, the trickiness of marketing your weed tycoon game, & heaps more besides.


This week's roundup includes the smash success of indie sequel Risk of Rain 2, a fascinating new Lego coding toy, and what's up with the new Super Meat Boy game, as well as looks at Anthem's troubled dev cycle, the 'grit' behind No Man's Sky, & more.


This week's roundup includes a variety of looks at the Apple Arcade subscription announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists, and lots more besides.


The weekly update rounding up the best longread & standout articles & videos about games tackles GDC 2019, from Google announcements to session highlights & beyond.


This week's highlights include a look at Flappy Bird's effect on the indie game scene, The Division 2's politics (or lack there-of), info on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite & Days Gone, & more.



Simon Carless's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 11/19/2017 - 10:41]

A lot of the rest ...

A lot of the rest of that article is interesting, but that seems badly sourced - though I will say America 's Army the game is still being updated even now, and there 's even an eSports league for it, I guess. r n r nAlso, I still claim the ...

Comment In: [News - 11/30/2016 - 03:11]

Having worked in AAA 15-20 ...

Having worked in AAA 15-20 years ago, and left partly because of some things that could arguably have been ameliorated by unionization working hours, in particular , I 'm very sympathetic to the argument. Unfortunately, I think 15-20 years ago was the time that this move would have been much ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/12/2016 - 10:31]

FWIW, I think that '32,000 ...

FWIW, I think that '32,000 copies sold ' stat is pretty misleading - it was a median as of 2015, but that 's including massive lifetime numbers for games, and a lot of games being in bundles too. My impression is that a brand new Steam game launching in 2016 ...

Comment In: [News - 12/28/2015 - 10:18]

Thanks - we 've updated ...

Thanks - we 've updated the story to reflect these edits, and also added another data point: A Gamasutra-authored survey conducted in early 2014 suggested that solo indie developers earned an average income of 11,812 in 2013, down 49 percent from 2012 s 23,130 average . r n r nAs ...

Comment In: [News - 11/23/2015 - 04:02]

Oh dear We 've fixed ...

Oh dear We 've fixed that particular piece of hilarity, and apologies.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/26/2015 - 08:05]

I 've been a fan ...

I 've been a fan of 'writing about games and not just for review ' for a decade plus now - as you guys might/might not know, I used to commission cheaply, but it was paid a lot of criticism for the now defunct GameSetWatch website, including a number of ...