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January 26, 2011

Simulation and commentary

"Part of the reason I find Game Dev Story so frustrating (and fascinating) is because of how it seems to teeter on the border between simulation and commentary."

Game Dev Story is as meta as videogames come these days. At first glance, it’s a game about making games. At length, it’s a grueling simulation so surprisingly effective that it seems to evoke a form of interactive commentary on the politics of today’s electronic entertainment. But more importantly, it’s convinced me of one thing: I will never, ever work in the videogame industry.

Take away thought: Perhaps the mistake is the think the video game industry is about companies rather than expertise. Think instead of your company as the flag you fly for the life of a project or, if you are fortunate, the life of your IP. The brand you need to sell isn't your company's, it's your own.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 26, 2011 08:54 AM