May 23, 2017


Gamedev unchained – interview

from Grey Alien Games

Jake was recently featured in an interview on the Gamedev Unchained podcast, talking about surviving for 11 years as an indie and offering some of his business experience. Have a listen!



May 22, 2017


Labyrinths of the World: The Devil's Tower Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Use our Labyrinths of the World: The Devil's Tower Walkthrough to navigate this latest earth shattering adventure game. You and your sister Margret embark on a trip to initiate her into the family business as a seeker. However, as to be expected all will not go as planned. An out of this world evil force has made his way to Earth and has vowed to destroy it an all its inhabitants. Did I mention that this evil force has command of all of the elements? The deck is stacked against you as you fight for mankind. Complete the creative hidden object areas and mini games as you battle to defeat this force and return life to normal. If you run into trouble or just need a little assistance please refer to our colorful screen grabs and quick & easy instructions to guide you to salvation.


We hope you enjoy our Labyrinths of the World: The Devil's Tower Walkthrough.
 



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Sunken Secrets Review

from Casual Game Guides

Sunken Secrets will take your TM gaming skills to the next level. Be prepared to invest time and energy in this addicting underwater adventure! Earn money by farming and selling goods as you attempt to break the spell of an evil witch that has enchanted the island and released a sea monster to enslave the islanders in bodies that are not their own. Plan your strategy and use magical alters to restore the island & its grateful islanders back to their natural forms. Dive in and enjoy this spectacular TM adventure of skill and strategy like you have never seen before!



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May 19, 2017


On Hiatus

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Gaming Podcast will be on hiatus until after E3, from where we will record an episode from the show floor. See you in June!




How to Play Yukon Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

In this video I show how to play Yukon Solitaire.

 

 



May 16, 2017


How to Play Baker's Game Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

In this video I show how to play the FreeCell variation Baker's Game.

 

 



May 11, 2017


New Version of Most Popular Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

We have released a new version of both the Windows and Mac versions of Most Popular Solitaire. Most Popular Solitaire is a collection of 30 of the most popular solitaire games.

The new Windows version is version 2.3 and contains bug fixes and improvements for Windows 10. The new Mac version is version 3.1 and contains bug fixes and improvements for macOS Sierra. Both versions can be downloaded from http://www.goodsol.com/mps or from within a previous version of the game by going to the internet menu, select "Download Latest Version".

 




Episode 466: Kill This Kitten For Fun

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This episode continues to have some audio issues thanks to Jonah leaving his expensive headset back in Los Angeles, forcing him to use his iPad once again as a mic. However, this week’s episode is chock full of game goodness.

This week’s episode includes the following news items:

  • Dragon Quest XI battle system further detailed
  • Overwatch has earned Activision Blizzard over $1 billion in less than a year
  • Steam changes cross-country gifting and gift trading
  • DOTA 2 is getting a co-op campaign with a story

Let us know what you think.

This episode continues to have some audio issues thanks to Jonah leaving his expensive headset back in Los Angeles, forcing him to use his iPad once again as a mic. However, this week’s episode is chock full of game goodness. This week’s episode includes the following news items: Dragon Quest XI battle system further detailed Overwatch has earned Activision Blizzard over $1 billion in less than a year Steam changes cross-country gifting and gift trading DOTA 2 is getting a co-op campaign with a story Let us know what you think.



May 08, 2017


Don’t Pigeonhole Me: In Defense of the Jack of All Trades

from GBGames

Back when I was going to school at DePaul University in Chicago, the computer science school was introducing a game development minor. To kick it off, they had a panel involving a few people from local game companies such as Midway and Volition, as well as a few members of the Xbox team from Microsoft.

I remember the vice president from Midway Games answering a question from the students in the audience about how to get into the game industry. He referred to some advice that had shown up somewhere from Midway’s HR that essentially said, “Specialize, don’t generalize.”

I remember not liking that advice then, and I still don’t like it now. It sounded to me like “pigeonhole yourself and don’t you dare try to step outside of your hole”. Telling students who are interested in a future career, “You can improve your skills, but only in this one area of life” sounds overly restrictive and a path to misery. Or at least getting let go when your limited expertise is no longer needed.

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Now, specializing isn’t necessarily bad advice. It’s just not the only valid option, and yet people like to talk as if it is.

I was catching up on my news feeds and saw that artist David M. Kessler wrote If You’re Talking to Everybody, You’re Talking to Nobody.

Don’t be a jack-of-all-trades. Pick what you like to do best, then get really good at it. Try to be better than anybody else. Let people see that you are an expert at the “thing” you do.

When you get known for that one “thing” you’ll see your art career soar. Now get in that pigeonhole and start working on your “thing.”

He says “Any successful marketer and business owner knows that you have to focus your efforts in order to target your market for sales. If you can’t target a market, you won’t make any sales – that’s business 101.”

He’s not wrong about needing a target market, but I don’t think “targeting your market for sales” is synonymous with pigeon-holing yourself into a single specialty.

He listed a bunch of artists as examples to further his point. The idea being that if you think of someone such as Monet or Jackson Pollock, you will inevitably call to mind some representative work of theirs.

But then, what about an artist such as Leonardo da Vinci? What was his “thing”? What about Leon Battista Alberti? Did he have just one thing?

How about someone more contemporary, such as Viggo Mortensen? I knew he was an actor from his role in Lord of the Rings, but I learned he is also an abstract painter and a poet, among other things.

There’s a lot of advice about specializing, and often it is very good advice, but just as often it is also not really supported by any sort of economic principle. Rather it’s more like “common wisdom” that “everyone” knows.

There’s no actual need to pigeonhole yourself into a specialty. Maybe it’s a tougher route to communicate your “thing”, since someone else can’t easily pigeonhole you as an abstract painter, but no one said it had to be easy.

Maybe rather than thinking about arbitrarily self-imposed limits, the more important thing is finding the thread that ties your story together as Pamela Slim argues in her book Body of Work.

Apple makes a lot of different products. Their thing isn’t merely iPhones or Macs. Their “thing” is elegantly, well-designed computing devices. Their “thing” is bigger than what a single product can encompass.

Telling executives at one of the most financially successful businesses in the world “Stop it. You need to niche down” wouldn’t make sense, would it?

The benefits to a focused approach are more than just increased sales. As you begin to focus your work, you’ll begin to get really good at it – better than you thought possible.

While I can see the logic, I also think that I could see someone get really good at their craft if they are able to work with different approaches, techniques, and mediums.

If all you know is oil painting, maybe you’ll get really good at oil painting. But if you know water color as well?

And if you think, “Huh, I wonder how it would look if part of the painting was oil but part was water color?” Would the result potentially be a more interesting work? Would the skill developed in each medium overlap, complement, or reinforce the other?

I don’t know, but I bet a conversation with someone who focused on creating the best work they could with all of their varied skills would be more fascinating and interesting than someone who is Yet Another Oil Painter.

And if their work is more fascinating and interesting, would commercial success also be possible?

According to Vigo Mortensen’s Wikipedia entry, “Mortensen experiments with his poetry and music by mixing the two art forms.”

Do you think his work in one influences the other and makes him a better artist, or does it reduce him to mediocrity because of a lack of focus? How about his music and his film efforts?

Dismissing the jack-of-all-trades as doomed to financial failure easy, but I see no supporting evidence. In fact, in software development, there’s a premium on so-called “full-stack” developers. Rather than hiring someone who only knows how to work with back-end databases or front-end forms, you get yourself a programmer who can do both as well as everything in between.

No one says, “Oh, sorry. we’re looking for a programmer who only knows one kind of programming language.” That’s like saying, “We want programmers who can’t think beyond one paradigm.”

On the other hand, a jack-of-all-trades without a larger purpose, vision, or mission? THAT I can see as being a problem, financially and otherwise.



May 05, 2017


Back to Normal Soon

from A Shareware Life

There has been no activity here due to an illness.  I am getting better, I expect that things will begin to get back to normal next week.



April 28, 2017


Roblox: A Parents' Primer to the Game

from Casual Game Guides

Roblox can be a confusing world for both parents and kids alike. Join Caleb this week as he gives a brief introduction on what exactly is this Roblox game all the kids are talking about, how you can get started playing the game, and just exactly what you need to do to get the most out of this exciting game. 

 

 




Roblox: Exploring Roblox Mini-Games

from Casual Game Guides

It's Roblox mini-game time! Join Caleb for another exciting episode of Caleb's Corner as he gives you a quick walkthrough of the Roblox world and the different mini-games you can encounter as you play. 

 



April 26, 2017


Episode 465: No Frills

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week’s episode is raw and unedited, since Jonah’s laptop got fried. However, despite the audio issues and being posted via cell phone, the gang got off a pretty good show.

This week’s news includes:

  • Overwatch pro ends career with stream of racial slurs
  • Don’t expect Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 7 remake until at least 2018
  • DOTA 2 will soon require competitors to cough up their phone number
  • Report: PlayStation VR bundle will come with required camera and one Move controller

The Question of the Week: “What kind of VR game would you want to play?”

This week’s episode is raw and unedited, since Jonah’s laptop got fried. However, despite the audio issues and being posted via cell phone, the gang got off a pretty good show. This week’s news includes: Overwatch pro ends career with stream of racial slurs Don’t expect Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 7 remake until at least 2018 DOTA 2 will soon require competitors to cough up their phone number Report: PlayStation VR bundle will come with required camera and one Move controller The Question of the Week: “What kind of VR game would you want to play?”