On the Road

Indie games at Comic Con Bangalore – Learnings

Finding committed partners Once the stall was bought, I went in search of fellow studios who’d want to join in and help subsidize the cost for each of us. There was a fair amount of interest early on, from developers who really did want to participate. But when it finally came down to putting money(…)

Indie games at Comic Con Bangalore – On the ground

At the outset, we printed A3 posters of each game on display. We also had A4 posters printed of each, intended for people to shuffle through – like a menu of sorts. We had a dartboard, for contests. It was meant to be a crowd puller, and the winner could get any one of the(…)

Indie games at Comic Con Bangalore – Getting started

It’s conventional wisdom by now – Indians don’t pay for games. There have been many reasons paraded for the same, ranging from “Credit card penetration is terrible in India, no wonder people don’t buy apps!” to “We don’t make good enough games, why would anyone – let alone Indians buy them?” and the evergreen “Gaming(…)

Tooling Around – Texture Packer

One of the first lessons I learnt about bettering the performance of your game is to make use of sprite sheets instead of referring to individual sprite/image files. What does that mean? Well, basically, you’re talking about two options – one, you take all the images and stuff as many you can into a single(…)

Playtesting Shenanigans – Episode 2

You’ve decided to take a brave step by showing your underdeveloped precious idea to the world. You’ve come to terms with the fact that your beautiful baby with tons of promise is probably going to be ridiculed, sneered at, be criticised even though it’s not complete. But you think it’s all for the good of(…)

Playtesting Shenanigans – Episode 1

Getting user feedback helps you understand if people enjoy your game. The earlier it’s done, the easier it is to make changes to what can be a fun game!
Doing it early and constantly is like keeping your finger on the game’s pulse. Read on to know how to get started…