The Video Game Industry

August 28, 2008

I just bought a couple of books about video game development (more words on that when I’ve read them) and design, the titles are “Programming Video Games for the Evil Genius” and “The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design”, I got pretty good references from the former one but when trying to find reviews for the second one I got to this article and found it just great. It tells you a big part of what you need to get into the Video Game Industry and where to study or how to get involved in it.

Also from that article this link explains you what the industry looks on someone to be part of it. Both are extensive and very good funded, reliable sources back up them and you should end up knowing exactly what to do to get in.

I didn’t found reviews of the book, but as I’ve already paid for it I will read it anyway and tell you how was it.

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Starbuck Companies, the new Garage Companies

August 28, 2008

As you may know is very common right now to find places with free wi-fi, from restaurants to malls there is a wide range of places where you can go with your laptop and surf the internet. And also is very common these days to see people working on a Starbuck with their cell phones and laptops (and I think some of them probably stay the whole day now that you can get a free cold beverage after 2PM).

Then I started to wonder why someone trying to start a new company would get an office if they can be for free in a place like this with internet connection, coffee at a hand and a nice environment to work? Even with music in some places!!

It will definitively be my choice if I want to start a company. Imagine that you can change your office every day, your office can be right across the street from your kid’s school, or just a minute ago from a match of your favorite team!

Now you may ask what about meeting with clients, well is often common to meet with clients to have lunch or breakfast and as easy as 1-2-3 you can be there without having to drive and meet with the client and then come back to work instantaneously.

Team work? 4 to 6 people in the team? Piece of cake, just gather on the same place at the same time (he he, like actually going to a work place) and the same BatChannel 😉

I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there already doing this, that’s why I think this is the new and better way of the good old Garage Companies, so I called them Starbuck Companies


Partuza is out there

August 22, 2008

I don’t know if you are familiar with Social Networking, but as it seems to be very popular these days I assume that you are. As Google tries to be in every place (God Syndrome?) they are in Social Networking as well, they have their own one called Orkut, but also they developed a standard to build applications for social networks, that is OpenSocial.

In order for a social network to allow developers build applications for their site they need to implement a so called container for this kind of apps, again there is an open source container called Shindig to solve this (you can have it in two flavors, Java or PHP), but the developer, the real worker on this system, still needs a place to test his app.

Usually you can test it on a development container on a social network but that’s not a comfortable way of developing, you know, so then Partuza showed up. In their words:

Do you wish you could develop and test your OpenSocial gadgets on your own local development machine or server? Or are you thinking of becoming an OpenSocial container but need an example of how you can get started?

If your answer to either of these questions is “yes,” you are in luck because Partuza was created to help with both of these problems.

That’s right, now you don’t have excuses to not develop your killer app for social networks, so start using this and be the next ones to revolutionize the web.

Article: Let’s get this Partuza started!


Video games on the learning process

August 7, 2008

This is something I’ve been reading for a while and agreed with it, and now an article on Gamasutra explains it in a way I’d like to share with you. I’ll give you the link to the full article but let me quote some of the best parts of it as I see it:

We grow up viewing classic fiction as homework first and art second. It follows that we like learning best when we don’t think we’re doing it. We like literature more when there’s no studying involved. What better medium for learning, then, than that apotheosis of anti-intellectualism, the video game?

Exactly! Is it really that hard to understand? Another one:

Video games can be gateways to higher learning. Is it idealistic? Sure. But the base repudiation of idealism is so often used as a shield against saying anything interesting. Anti-idealism is what keeps triple-A games generic, and the reversal of that trend should already be a good enough target.

Please, let the industry be Idealistic!! I still think there is a lot of opportunities for so called “serious games” out there and is time for the companies to see it.

Full Article: Video Games Are The Silver Bullet


Linus Torvalds & Security Guys

August 3, 2008

I’ve received an email with this link about a reply from Linus Torvalds and I found it just excellent so I decided to share it with you. Here it is: Linus Torvalds Opinion