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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Wake and Angry Birds, both topping Time magazine’s top 10 list of videogames for 2010. Rovio ’s Peter Vesterbacka was swamped by people wanting photos, and a chance to find out how he managed to sell 100 million game apps featuring birds, slingshots and green space pigs.

But this success is actually a reflection on the vibrancy of the game development scene in Finland. In the early 90′s we had about 15 people making a living from the games industry. Now there are 1500, …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in the crowd reveals your killer new mobile app (Moderately Irritated Frogs) to the folks at Rovio?

C.S confidential

It’s up to individual distributed work platforms to figure out how to deal with data security. One option is simply to do nothing. This sophisticated strategy is employed by the granddaddy of crowd labor, Mechanical Turk. To quote from their participation agreement:

“submission of any…materials is at your own risk, none of Amazon Mechanical Turk, its …

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Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Like life, love and the lottery, making mobile phone apps is a gamble. Play your cards right and you’ve got Angry Birds . Get it wrong and your app is left in the store with a two star rating, gathering virtual dust.

Back when Apple’s iPhone had an effective “app monopoly”, developers had it relatively easy. Okay, there was always the problem of getting stuff …

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