I have being working in the AAA industry for tha last 3 years and the crunch is what is forcing me to find something else to do in life even if I love 3d. Some places may be more respectful with their employees but in my experience the crunch is even calculated in advance cause they know the workers will accept that. Some people is very passionate and don´t mind to do it and that is fine but a lot of people have families and they want to build a healthy environment with them or other goals outside the working ours. Not to mention non-payed overtime and other abuses I faced. Hope this industry fixs this problem.
Those tilesets are sexy. Seeing new tilesets is like getting introduced to a new lego set.
IGN is running a nice series of YouTube videos called ‘Game Changers‘. It is devoted to the developers, who had a huge impact on the world of video games. The recent episode is centered on Jonathan Blow – the creator of Braid.
The most interesting thing about this project is the choice of timing and the platform. Initially, Blow wanted to launch the game on Steam, but Valve was reluctant to support the game and was not really sure about the success of the project. They made a very small forecast of 5k copies. However, Blow found another way out. He worked with Microsoft to launch Braid on Microsoft Live Arcade. The initial sales of the project were significantly more – over 50k copies (and it got more).
Blow actually invested a huge amount of money in the game and was literally broke before the launch. If he failed, probably it would be his last independent game. It’s great to see that the whole thing has worked out.
Author: Kirill Tokarev