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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, 2:35am
May 23 2015, 2:32pm
"I don't care about value you can't taste!"
May 21 2015, 6:35am
one of the best (and still regularly updated) Quora discussions: T.co
Apr 25 2015, 7:53am
@kalibagames Intriguing sparse website with world-riding octopus! What kind of game is it?
Apr 6 2015, 5:13am
we actually have potentially reasonably large news comin up - keep a lookout! and keep bazooka shootin!
Mar 10 2015, 3:59pm
Feb 27 2015, 9:34am
@TheBestyChefs Hey, I just emailed you! Thanks for contacting me. ;) Stabby is happy... (which is good for the customers' safety)
Feb 26 2015, 5:34pm