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    4 Beginner Projects for Launching into Game Programming

    Photo credit: minipixel Lots of students and beginner developers ask me, "What's the fastest way to become a game programmer?" Once you’re an amazing programmer, the world is open to you. You can make your own indie projects. Other developers and artists will want to work with you. You can get a job at a […]

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    Want to donate to support indie #gamedev Greenlight fee?

    @dejobaan stepped up tonight and offered a $100 loan to an awesome indie #gamedev that really needed the money to pay their Greenlight fee to help make their dream happen. A few of us followed his excellent example (including @BenKuchera) and offered to do the same. You want to read his post Dejobaan Will Loan […]

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    Call for Industry Speakers to Address AltDev Student Summit

    The AltDev Student Summit will be held November 10th and 11th, with the aim of bringing industry veterans together to explain to students the reality of life making games. Individually, many of us already do outreach to local education programs to provide these kinds of insights, so the Student Summit aims to centralise this effort […]

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    AltDevConf 2012 and 2013!

    It's now been almost four months since we held the first AltDevConf, and although things have continued to be absolutely hectic in that time, it felt like it was well past time to post a summary of the event, as well as lay out our plans for the future. AltDevConf 2012 The first ever AltDevConf […]

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    Why I went back into the studio......

    I LOVE working in the studio, I really do. I love the freedom it affords me. I love trying to create games that I want to play! I also really love having a cerabal cortex, so I left the studio life and learned biz magic. I make a really good living in biz, I LOVE […]

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    #AltDevPanel April Update #1

    Two recent #AltDevPanel discussions: Why is the #ME3 ending like Javascript in the browser? With @ArchAzrael and @mike_acton Check out what Double Cluepon is doing. I'm a big fan of their open development model. Game tools With @gorlak, @fuzzybinary and @mike_acton Make sure to join up with the IGDA Tools SIG (#toolsmiths) if you're interested […]

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    There are eight million blogs about Mass Effect’s ending. This is one of them.

    When Mass Effect 3 was released earlier this month it was met with much anticipation and critical praise as the popular space epic concluded.  Immediately, however, a certain subset of fans became enraged by some of the decisions Bioware made with respect to the series.  Even before the game was announced fans expressed anger that […]

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    AltDevPanel on Optimization Video

    Here are the results of the inaugural #AltDevPanel. Featuring Mike Acton (follow him on Twitter and Google+), Tony Albrecht (Twitter and Google+), and John McCutchan (Google+), discussing optimization. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE25cTTSwHE&w=560&h=315] Let us know your thoughts on the results. We're very interested in feedback on how to make #AltDevPanel better in the future. Thanks again to […]

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    AltDevPanel on Optimization

    Update: Use this planner to find the time for your city. I’m happy to announce our first #AltDevPanel! Scheduled for this Saturday at 10PM PDT, we’ll be bringing together some masters of high performance programming to talk about their craft. Our scheduled panelists are Mike Acton, Tony Albrecht, John McCutchan, and Jaymin Kessler. The optimization […]

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    Wed Mar 7, San Francisco #AltDevSummit

    I'm pleased to announce the #AltDevSummit on Mar 7 in San Francisco. Location: Sir Francis Drake Hotel (450 Powell Street) RSVP: macton@gmail.com (But drop-ins are welcome, if there is space available.) I know that there's a group of gamedevs, researchers and students who will be in San Francisco during the GDC timeframe but for one […]

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    Announcing AltDevPanel

    I’m pleased to announce a new regular feature for #AltDevBlogADay, the #AltDevPanel. Originally conceived by Claire Blackshaw, the #AltDevPanel bring together industry professionals for a casual talk about a gamedev topic. Like the site itself we’ll be discussing all facets of the industry. The first panel will bring together Mike Acton, Tony Albrecht, Jaymin Kessler […]

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    Post 1024!

    This is (more or less) the 1,024th #AltDevBlogADay post. Special for it's power-of-two-ness and the milestone it represents in our continued passion for sharing ideas as #gamedevs (and some non-game developers too!) We started this experiment in January and so far it's been an amazing experience for me personally, and I hope the rest of […]

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    A Rant Fueled By the Cough Syrup Fueled Rant

    My Disclaimer: I do NOT have a cold, nor am I medicated. I HAVE, however, spent the last 4 hours chasing children with my name around while they go crazy collecting candy. Now I have all their candy and they are asleep. You have been warned. "Find something you love to do, and you'll never […]

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    Education Comes to AltDevConf

    We're delighted to announce that there's a new track opening up at AltDevConf for 2012, which will centre around the theme of GameDev education. There's still a week remaining before the Call For Proposals closes on the 23rd October, so please get your proposals in as quickly as you can! The track will be co-chaired […]

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    The TechCabal

    I am a member of the TechCabal. Usually this does not involve any arkane rituals or strange outfits. We are a group of higher ranking technical guys that guide the project on the technical side. How and why did we create this group? Once a team reaches a certain size some decisions cannot be made […]

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    What's On Your Shelf?

    I have a friend who joked that she would fire anybody who showed up at work on their first day and set up all their action figures! I thought that was pretty funny until I worked with a guy who spent most of his first couple of days putting up wall shelves and lining up […]

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    #GDC12 AltDevProposals

    We're hoping that next year is going to be a good showing for #AltDevBlogADay authors at GDC12! I've started collecting up some of our submissions here. In the spirit of the site, please share your thoughts and give us feedback on how we can make those presentations that are accepted by the GDC committee really […]

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    My top 5 games of childhood

    I started gaming when I was about 7 receiving my first computer for Christmas, a Commodore Vic-20.  Most of my childhood in the 80’s was spent on acreages and although I had no shortage of friends from school, most of them lived some distance away.  My siblings and I on rainy days and long winters […]

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    What this Indie developer needs

    Recently a question was posed on the Facebook page of my local game industry special interest group, GameCampEdmonton. “If you were to list what you need to help grow your indie game studio here in Edmonton in regards to talent levels, assistance, business options and so forth, what would you want to see and why?” […]

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    Okay, women of #gamedev, I'm calling you out. Where are you?

    This is a quick post to pose a question: Why do we have so few women posting on #AltDevBlogADay? We have smart, successful women on here now. I would consider them good examples. I don't want to call anyone out specifically because of their sex parts, but it's hard not to notice that out of 184 […]

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    It begins.

    Hello, World (CNC toaster / 2D thermal printer) Starting Saturday, 15 January (that's now in some places) we will begin posting on #AltDevBlogADay. Learn more about what we're doing on the #readme (for Readers) and the #readme (for Writers) pages. We have a great lineup of seasoned developers, indie up-and-comers and even some non-gamedev folk […]

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