Category Archives: Industry

Ron Gilbert has a publisher

Ron Gilbert finally has a publisher for DeathSpank, the game he has been working on for years now. It’s Hothead Games, who are working on the Penny Arcade game. That’s one great track record in the making there. On top of that, Ron is moving to Canada to become the creative director of Hothead Games. […]

Ubisoft Threatens Something Awful Over Jade Comic

Ubisoft Threatens Something Awful Over Jade Comic. I’ve seen the comic in question, and it is bad. Not cool bad, or legendarily bad: small-minded 14-year-old bad. It’s not only pornographic and insulting: it’s unfunny. Don’t expend the effort to try and find it. Although I am not sure whether they are suing the right person, […]

“Rockstar Head Ascends to Take-Two Throne”

I just got sent a link to an article called “Rockstar Head Ascends to Take-Two Throne”. Here is more or less what I was thinking as I opened it: Sam Houser got promoted? Nice comeback: This must be related to that expiring contract business. *Reads article* Gary Dale, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Rockstar […]

Game development areas

Clint Hocking wrote a blog post about the number of developers in Montreal, and several people have commented with info about other geographical areas. My guess is there’s between 100 and 200 professional game developers in Vienna, if not all of Austria – I only know of a handful of companies outside of Vienna. In […]

Career advice from Shuna Fish Lydon

I realized yesterday that I am currently spending more time on cooking than on making games. Reading blogs, researching recipes and techniques, lusting over equipment, finding out what is in season, scouting for good ingredients, planning dinner parties, digging through magazines and cookbooks. It’s weird. Perhaps it would be different if I could make multiple […]

Next Generation article on video game credits

There’s a nice article on Next Generation about video game credits and the IGDA standard, which includes a couple of comments from myself. I sound a bit more anti-Rockstar than I really feel. I don’t really lie awake seething with hate or anything. Serves me right for choosing the word ‘outraged’ – it sounded better […]

Rockstar Vienna’s missing credits for Manhunt 2

Yesterday, Rockstar Games released Manhunt 2 for Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PSP and Nintendo Wii. This blog post is not about the difficulties Take Two had getting this game on the market. I merely intend to correct an inaccuracy in the game’s credits, namely the over 55 missing Rockstar Vienna employees who worked on the […]

Grand Theft Scratchy is no more

According to this article Rockstar Games’ objections to the ‘Grand Theft Scratchy: Blood Island’ part of Electronic Arts’ upcoming Simpsons game (reported earlier) go beyond some people complaining about a poster at the Games Convention in Leipzig. The satirical reference to GTA is apparently not even a game you play: “The game begins with Bart […]

Venn diagram comparing PlayStation 3 models

Confused by all the changes Sony has been making to their Playstation 3 model line? Chris Kohler made a handy Venn diagram of the PlayStation 3 models and their feature sets. Although I think he left out HDMI? Wasn’t there something retarded where the cheaper PS3s don’t have HDMI out? Because my new TV has […]

Rockstar Games lacking sense of humor?

According to this article, someone from Rockstar Games objected to the ‘Grand Theft Scratchy’ posters for EA’s upcoming Simpsons game that were displayed at the Games Convention in Leipzig this year. I kind of find that hard to believe. First of all, GTA has been parodied a billion times already. Second, Rockstar Games generally does […]