I’m joined this month by Joey Wiggs, who works for the startup game development company Flying Helmet Games. Joey and I talk about what it takes to break into the gaming industry and how Flying Helmet Games is hoping to grab our attention with their concept of merging table-top and video gaming.
Guest this episode: Joey Wiggs from Gamer by Design and Flying Helmet Games
What Are the Kids Playing?
Kerbal Space Program – Brodkil
Definitive Gaming History
Main Topic – Becoming a Game Developer
Questions/Topics for discussion:
- You didn’t start out in game development. Walk us through why you decided on your “first” job at Microsoft
- What made you decide to leave the security of Microsoft for the unsurety of a startup?
- What influenced you to go into game development?
- How exactly does one become a game developer? What kinds of things did you do to prepare for that career?
- Does being a dev enhance or detract from your ability to enjoy playing games?
- Describe that moment when it hit you that you were an indy dev.
- Is it what you expected?
- What is a typical day like for an indy game developer?
- What are some of the differences between working at the largest software company in the world and a tiny startup?
- What did you learn at Microsoft that has been beneficial to working at a startup?
- This week we got the news that a one time startup (Mojang, creator of Minecraft) was purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. Is it possible for a successful indy studio to remain independent? Or is the allure of that huge payoff just too difficult to walk away from?
- Are you able to share anything about the game you’re working on currently (Eon Altar)?
- This game started as a kickstarter. Why was that funding avenue abandoned and what has changed philosophically since then?
- When do you expect it to be available?
- Would you do it all over again (going into game development) or would you alter a few things?
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