I’ve been making games for about 5 years now, ranging from small ‘arcade’ style projects to short exploratory story types. Currently I’m working on a larger scale project called ‘Arty Swirly Colourful’ with my studio. All have had budgets ranging from ‘I have zero dollars and a button’ to ‘let us pool together what we have and make the most of it’. And along the way I have discovered many, many resources that made things a lot more achievable.Read More
Some tips and advice from Jennifer on how to make it a little easier to start afresh in a new community.Read More
Learn what activities make you feel genuinely fulfilled, happy and content, instead of doing only what you think you're supposed to do. Be your own cheerleader and discover the ways you enjoy connecting to your community. Don't be afraid to experiment and lean on your friends for inspiration and support, knowing that when you have the spoons you can do the same for them.Read More
These illustrations reflect a period of huge personal growth that I have experienced during my time developing my first game. There's still a lot for me to say, do, and improve on; but knowing that there's a whole community I can turn to for advice and support, I can look toward the future with confidence!Read More
Maize drops a very large info bomb of things to keep in mind when adding audio to your game or project, and how to communicate and collaborate effectively with your sound designer, composer and other audio specialists.Read More
We all need to learn our limits and get better at letting go of the things that we don't enjoy, aren't good for us or that we only do because of an 'outside pressure' that says we should.
What's something you've let go of and felt relieved about? Or know that you should no in order to look after yourself more?
Working on the game and writing development blog posts, allowed me to be honest and be vulnerable, to show a side of me that I’ve never been able to before. It gave me the medium to finally open up the conversation about mental health with my friends and the people around me.Read More
Conversations are a two-way dance, however we can never simply control how other people choose to communicate or think. We can instead alter our own communication and mindset, which could subtly influence the civility of a conversation and possibly increase mutual respect and mutual understanding. These are just some ideas which I’ve found so far which I believe could help make our discussions more healthy, more productive, and overall help to reduce the conflict that is already too prevalent in our society today.Read More
It takes a lot of courage to look inward and examine the things that fuel our insecurities or imposter syndrome. What sort of things do you view as necessary achievements to be part of the game dev community? What barriers do you face that prevent you from participating?Read More
At this time of year, there are a lot of people in the games industry who feel left out. It's coming up on one of, if not the, biggest game developer conference in the world and even though only a small minority of us actually attend, it usually feels like everyone is there and you are the only person who is not. It feels like you are missing out.Read More