Scotland Says No

This is very simple. The video games industry should be and must be a safe and inclusive place for every participant, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnic or social background. This is includes developers, publishers, journalists, anyone working within the games industry and extends all the way to players themselves. Bullying, harassment, abuse and threats of... Continue Reading →

Steve Hammond’s Manual Override – Legends

Legends, folklore and myths of the computer games industry is a particularly hard topic to research on the Internet. Those very terms of myth and legend are used differently nowadays. Clickbait headlines use 'myth' when they really mean 'misconception' and 'legend' when they mean 'well-known.' As for 'folklore', most of the search results are for... Continue Reading →

VG247 Scotland, Issue 2 – Educating Scotland

VG247's new regular column exploring the games industry in Scotland is now live and online. In this edition, Educating Scotland, Dave Cook talks to Daniel Livingstone from the Digital Design Studio at Glasgow School of Art and Gregor White, the director of Academic Enterprise at the university of Abertay. In addition there is an interview with... Continue Reading →

VG247 Scotland – Issue 1 – The Best Place To Sell Games

VG247's news editor Dave Cook has just published issue number 1 of his new, regular, Scotland-focused editorial, VG247 Scotland, looking at the state of the games industry as it relates to Scotland and including creators, CEOs and experts from Scotland's video games sector. This new issue explores the various distribution channels available to games creators,... Continue Reading →

Unity Developers Conference 2013 – Live

Roving reporter, Forbes contributor, mobile expert, veteran blogger, noted commentator, cultural podcaster, rock dj,muppet wrangler and Eurovision legend, Ewan Spence is currently out in Vancouver, Canada for the Unity developers conference - UNITE 2013. Ewan will be providing on the spot reportage, live coverage and terrifyingly in-depth analysis of the conference, for the benefit of... Continue Reading →

Steve Hammond’s Manual Override – Reality, Complexity & Emotion

If his cultural references seem old, it's because he was frozen in carbonite for a bit. Gangnam style is still beyond him... Some time ago, 2K's Christoph Hartmann, in an article with Games Industry.biz, talked about future consoles. He expressed the opinion that photorealism is the way forward. Games lack proper emotions and this is the only... Continue Reading →

Steve Hammond’s Manual Override – Developer Hell

'Development Hell' is a well-known term for the painful gestation of a Hollywood movie. Whether modern AAA games suffer the same problems from concept to release, I don't know personally but I am certain that they do. I am currently reading Tales From Development Hell, and whilst the movie industry is not the games industry, there... Continue Reading →

Steve Hammond’s Manual Override: Category 7

When I was young, I used to have a recurring dream where I was falling. Books from the library, interpreting dreams, were of no use in telling me what it meant. I was falling upwards into the sky, pulled by a force towards something I couldn’t see. I knew it was there, some horrific thing,... Continue Reading →

Steve Hammond’s Manual Override

Ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted to bring you Mr Steve Hammond, in what we hope will be a regular monthly column.  We think of him as a combination of Charlie Brooker and Neil Oliver, but Steve's official biography states... Steve Hammond currently works as a programmer in the aerospace industry. While he would have... Continue Reading →

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