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dec
2nd
Posted on December 2nd 2011 at 2:37pm by SKN3

It was a quiet evening in San Francisco. The roads were eerily empty and only the daring few scampered in and out of shops as the leaves blustered along in the wind. The air seemed thick with tension and the sounds of chattering game developers drawing ever closer murmured subtly pass Josh’s ears.

Earlier that week there had been an exciting delivery through Josh’s front door. A package from the UK! The parcel had a squishy dull sound but seemed to be shouting “open me!” Naturally Josh welcomed and obeyed his new parcel overlords and opened it without hesitation.

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sep
1st
Posted on September 1st 2011 at 12:35pm by SKN3

Well we haven’t really been pushing the blog or website yet as we didn’t want to start promoting without any interesting content. It has been some months now since we set out on the venture and things predictably have gone in one direction. Head down, keyboard ready, begin programming!

In the months that have passed we have discovered that working for your own company is both the best experience in the daytime world and also one of the hardest. There are many thoughts that run through your head, there is a lot to think about; every decision you make or don’t make will have an effect on your business and essentially your ability to afford to survive. What is the best course of action?

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jun
23rd
Posted on June 23rd 2011 at 1:32pm by SKN3

So this is my first official post on the blog as part of a fulltime indie development company. Exciting times! As of about two months ago I decided to leave my web developer job of five years and take the plunge into developing games. A scary new venture but it had to be done! I thought I would kick-off this blog by sharing a little of my history and how I got here…

About nine years ago I was in the position where a group of hobbyist game developers I belong to needed an updated website. At the time I was a keen freeware game developer and my web skills were limited to horrible and garish static pages. The so called “web 2.0” trend did not exist and the large majority of sites where only just starting to experiment with being interactive. I took it upon myself to learn PHP and produce a website from scratch! Little did I know that this small decision would shape my career for nearly ten years!

Five years ago I had the choice to break into the web industry or break into the game industry. I had two job offers available in the same week. One close to my hometown of Cambridge, a web related job about an hour away; the other was to be a 2D game artist in Scotland! It was my choices and decisions from many years before that unwittingly took me down the web development path; away from my dreams but to a new and exciting prospect. Here are the original graphics I had to create in-order to impress the people at the Scottish job.

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