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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs money. A lot of money. Developing a decent downloadable game can cost up to $2M, while a high class retail product can easily blow out the budget to $40-50M. That’s not the kind of money you can ask the crowd for, right? Wrong. Apparently now, it is ($2m that is, not quite $40m… yet).

Double Fine, a company founded by Tim Schafer and employing …

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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… out from her busy speaking schedule, Mia told us how and why museums should be raising their game:

How did you first become interested in crowdsourced gaming?

As a kid I was intrigued by museums and also loved playing early computer games and made-up adventure games. I heard about “games with a purpose” a few years ago, then during my Masters degree in HCI I started thinking about applying crowdsourcing games to the problems faced by museums online.

Museums have vast, …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… public healthcare for the zombies”). Back in 2009, she made big waves at GDC when she accused game-developers of being “a bunch of stunted adolescents” . Her views on gamification are equally controversial. In an article published in Slate earlier this year, Chaplin claimed that (despite her epic enthusiasm) Jane McGonigal is not advocating any concrete change but only a change in perception: adding game mechanisms to reality just to simulate feelings of satisfaction. In …

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Madmen join the game

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… spend a large portion of your free time fighting wars, racing cars or shooting monsters in a video game. In which case, you’ll have to take my word for the fact that just as in the real world, advertising is now pervasive in the virtual world of video games. While I’m not that avid a gamer anymore (I’ve spent the last 15 years in the games industry, and – like dealers of non-virtual drugs – I don’t get high on my own supply), my annual pilgrimage to the Game Developers Conference …

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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

… maybe?). Read on bearing this in mind.

My main vice is Magic: the Gathering, a role-play card game where players are magically-dueling wizards. The only game pieces are cards which represent classical magic spells like fire blasts and enchantments. Like I said, I’m a geek.

What does this have to do with crowdsourcing? Well, about 10 years ago, the company that makes this game turned to its fans the players, and for the first time said “ you make a card ”. What followed was …

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