Dev Links: Critical Strike


Today’s Developer Links include discussions on Metacritic, the conclusion to Wolfire’s GDC bootcamp and rampant piracy on Android.

Metacritic Matters: How Review Scores Hurt Video Games (Kotaku)
“Bugs in Fallout: New Vegas might have eaten your save file. Maybe they took away a few hours of progress, or forced you to reset a couple of quests. Maybe game-crashing bugs pissed you off to the point where you wished you could get your $60 back. But they probably didn’t cost you a million dollars.”

Fantastic Video: Rob Lach Experiements with the Philosophy of Play (Venus Patrol)
“In this latest installment of Fantastic Video, we’re joined by a slightly inebriated Rob Lach (in the true spirit of Fantastic Arcade), for a forty minute look behind the scenes of POP – Methodology Experiment One (the trailer for which is below).”

GDC13 Summary: Animation Bootcamp Part 6/6 (Wolfire Games)
“Designing a Performance”

forbidden backspace (Auntie Pixelante)
“the thrilling sequel to FORBIDDEN SPACE – a game i made for my friend andi’s birthday that runs silently on your desktop, screaming at you if you dare to press the spacebar even once.”

Evolution of democracy menu screens… (Positech Games)
“Just putting the final touches to the menu screen for Democracy 3, and thought it would be interesting to compare how it’s changed over time. I think the new one is the best.”

Android piracy still sucks (#AltDevBlogADay)
“I don’t consider myself naive. I understand piracy is rampant; I’ve known this for years and when I decided that I’d form an indie studio two years ago I like to think that I did so with my eyes open. Deciding to switch careers and go indie wasn’t a decision that was made lightly and my family and I knew beforehand that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. The reward of creating even a modestly successful business would be worth it. I still believe that. Still, with the release of our new mobile puzzler, Vex Blocks, there’s an emotional, open-handed slap across the ear to be had when you realize that your release is being pirated at a rate of 20:1.”

The 8 keys to indie success, according to CastleMiner Z developer DigitalDNA Games (
“My name is Thomas Steinke, if you are not aware of me; I am the owner of DigitalDNA Games, arguably the most successful Xbox Indie Developer, and the creator of the all time best selling Xbox Indie Game CastleMiner Z. In this article I wanted to spend some time and give advice to people that have aspirations of being full time Indie game developers like me.”

Drox Operative – Scavenger (Soldak)
“We revealed the new race in the Invasion of the Ancients expansion today on the Drox Operative races page. Today’s race is the Scavenger.”