I am a professional software developer with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a full-time software development job. I have a very wide range of programming skills, but my most recent interests have been designing systems to run in the cloud (aws, gcloud, etc).

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lancer611 @ What price is the sweet spot for indies?

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I suppose I should have mentioned that I haven't payed for ANY game in over 5 years. Playing games isn't a big enough part of my life to justify spending money on it. All I've been playing for the last couple of years is Dota 2.

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lancer611 @ What price is the sweet spot for indies?

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Yeah I agree with robinerd. I'm not going to pay for an indie game unless its a free to play model or it has a significant free demo, no matter how good the game.

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lancer611 @ If you are working on your own game(s) are you going to work for an official developer team in future?

Personally, I'm making games simply for the fun of it. I wouldn't want to work for an official team unless I had a strong say in all parts of the game design and development.

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

Yeah I get you, I was young once too lol. However, if I had the experience then that I do now, I would not have wasted the peak of my learning and creative ability xd

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

Well thats good. I'm not saying theres something wrong with playing games, I'm just calling it what it is. "Everything in moderation"

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

@Arethrid - Learning these things isn't exclusive to computer games, you can learn the same 'skills' doing almost anything on the computer. All you are doing is coming up with excuses to justify your time playing games.

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

@Lithare - Thats bull, you don't play games to learn these 'skills', you play games for entertainment. If you were really interested in developing those skills, you would know that there are many better ways to do so. Games are unproductive because there is always a better way to spend your time. You can make something, exercise, read a book to learn something or to develop a new skill, socialize with friends or meet new people, the list goes on.

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

I suppose I should have specified non-simulation and non-educational games. I really just meant to include your typical mainstream games, like stuff you can get from Steam or Desura.

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

Of course learning another language is productive, but it is the exception. What else of use can you learn playing a single player game? Also, I agree with you about the movie part, but not about reading books. Reading a book is more productive than most things, especially playing games. It doesn't really matter what book it is, reading exercises your mind.

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lancer611 @ Project Tile World

Actually we have stopped working on this project. In the middle of last November, I landed a paid freelance job to make a 2d game. At the time I thought I would just set Tile World on the shelf until I finished the job. However, when the job was done (about 1.5 months later) I realized that while making a 2d game is fun (and a great learning experience), I am now ready to move onto 3d.
I have some ideas about incorporating features of Tile World into a 3d game in the future, but for now I am focusing on creating a very simple mobile 3d game.

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lancer611 @ I prefer my games to be...

By competitive I assume they mean multiplayer? I rarely play any games anymore unless they are multiplayer. If I am going to be doing something by myself, I would rather be coding 8P. A lot of people might flame me for saying this, but playing a game by myself feels completely unproductive. At least when I play with my friends (like once a week at the most), talking on Skype, I am building/maintaining relationships.

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lancer611 @ The Prevalence of Zombies in Videogames

Quite an insightful read. I've always disliked how prevalent zombies are in games (its just over done), but I never thought about what I could learn from their prevalence. Thanks for posting this =P

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lancer611 @ Five things I should put in all my future mobile games

Thats some good advice. Us programmers tend to just want to focus on the gameplay and such, while ignoring things like these which can have a much bigger impact in the end.

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lancer611 @ Personal Software Engineering

Well said. I often skip one or more of these on small projects, but usually end up regretting it.

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lancer611 @ Android game released

Now available on Kindle and Nook as well!

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lancer611 @ QB

Very creative, and quite impressive for just 2 weeks of work. Well done!

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lancer611 @ Project Tile World

Thanks, I'm really looking forward to Perky's pixel art characters. Pretty tired of using those opengameart.org ones.

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lancer611 @ Hairy Tales

This looks quite entertaining. Will there be an Android version?

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lancer611 @ Basic Unit Concepts

I really like these concepts, good work!

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lancer611 @ Moai

Definitely an engine worth considering if you want to develop mobile games. If you don't know lua, dont let that discourage you - it is fairly easy to pick up and has lots of documentation.

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lancer611 @ Plans for future releases

Jspell.com

On topic, why haven't there been any videos of gameplay posted to your game page? Seems like there is plenty of good material to use.

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lancer611 @ Xenocell needs your help to launch

Understandable, I was just stating my observation. The game does look pretty sweet, looking forward to trying your beta.

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lancer611 @ Xenocell needs your help to launch

The video and images are all well and good, but I think most people would want to be able to try a demo (alpha/beta) before actually donating money.

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lancer611 @ Applied Science

This game looks pretty sweet. I'll download it when I get home and try it out.

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lancer611 @ Almost All Games Are Meaningless

All we really play is DotA. A couple of the guys I play with are college buddies that I haven't seen in 4+ years lol.

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lancer611 @ Robot Misfits Released

Looks pretty cool. Any chance of an iOS/Android version?

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lancer611 @ Towel Tim

I have to say, this looks quite entertaining lol. Are you going to make a free version?

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lancer611 @ Indie or commerical?

13% + 88% = 101% ..... lol. Some funky rounding going on here.

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lancer611 @ Indie or commerical?

It really depends on each persons situation. If you want to make a career out of game development (art, code, ect.), being a part of a AAA title would likely be preferable. In my case, however, I would never make as much money in game development as I do in government contracting jobs (unless I made the next Angry Birds or w/e). So for me, developing my own game would be more desirable because its just a hobby. I can set my own time/deadlines/goals/etc.

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lancer611 @ Almost All Games Are Meaningless

I see what you are saying, but there are those of us that play games only as a social experience. With a young family, I don't have the means or time to get out of the house very often, and usually the only way I can 'spend time' with my friends is via online gaming.

I agree though, games that find a way to connect to the players should be given more of the spotlight than your typical box office title.

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