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Artist and designer in Georgia. Studied game design and manga in Japan. Working on Cafe Murder, a game for iOS devices.
I love playing games, and have spent many late nights- and even entire days- playing them, but now that I'm trying to start a game development studio and make them full-time, I probably shouldn't sit around playing games too much any more.
I often can't resist, however, and end up squeezing in some time to play games here and there (sometimes for a few hours too long), jokingly calling it "research" to write it off or explain it away to others.
A lot of it really is just for fun and stress relief, but I think some parts are useful to me as a game developer, and it's not too far off the mark to call it "research."
Take Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii. I played this for the first few months of Cafe Murder development, right after our Kickstarter project (I'm the artist and designer for Cafe Murder, just so you know).
Now, I love Harvest Moon games, and this one was a real delight to play. Eventually (after way too many hours) I did start to grow bored with some of the flaws and never actually finished, but you can see HM:Animal Parade's direct influence on Cafe Murder.
For example, it was a joy in HM: Animal Parade to try to find villagers' favorite gifts, and then to see the hearts explode out of their head upon reception. I had that in mind when I created the heart burst animation in Cafe Murder when you serve a customer a perfect sandwich, and the Customer Feedback screen was also inspired by the heart ratings menu in HM: Animal Parade.
Other games I've been playing, like Skyrim, don't have any clear connection to Cafe Murder. But, they've given me plenty of ideas for future games, and I think it's helpful to play currently popular games to get a sense of what's "out there" right now.
So, to all you indie game devs out there- don't feel bad about taking off a few hours for good old fashioned research! It might just pay off with a creative breakthrough.
Latest tweets from @cafe_murder
@SiriouslySusan OMG We've just been followed by Siri! I wonder what kind of sandwiches she likes, or if she thinks Chef Stabby is cute!?
Jun 16 2015
May 23 2015
"I don't care about value you can't taste!"
May 21 2015
one of the best (and still regularly updated) Quora discussions: T.co
Apr 25 2015
@kalibagames Intriguing sparse website with world-riding octopus! What kind of game is it?
Apr 6 2015
we actually have potentially reasonably large news comin up - keep a lookout! and keep bazooka shootin!
Mar 10 2015
Feb 27 2015
@TheBestyChefs Hey, I just emailed you! Thanks for contacting me. ;) Stabby is happy... (which is good for the customers' safety)
Feb 26 2015