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    User Experience Refrigerator User Experience Refrigerator

    User Experience Refrigerator

User Experience Refrigerator

By Mary Li  

One of the best and worst things about being a UX (User Experience) designer is that it is a constant thing. I don’t really leave work and take off the UX hat and call it a day – it’s more like a bizarre mental disorder that makes me want to tweak everything around me. I’ve heard engineers and scientists share in this. It’s the worst in that it’s kind of exhausting and makes me annoyed with poorly designed things, which is a lot of things. It’s the best in that it means the things surrounding me […]

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    The Premiere The Premiere

    The Premiere

The Premiere

By Clare Valesh  

Last week, a few of us had the opportunity to join some of the lovely people at Netflix for the premiere of Stranger Things 2!

We traveled to Los Angeles and made our way to lunch near the Hawk Theatre, where the event would take place. They were still setting it up, with signs and posters everywhere.

When we returned later, the area was completely packed! There were fans lined up around […]

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    Stranger Playtesting Stranger Playtesting

    Stranger Playtesting

Stranger Playtesting

By Graham Somers  

We had to change the way we playtested when we started making Stranger Things: The Game. Our process for making games at BonusXP is VERY collaborative. Everyone in our company gets credited as a designer on our games because even though you’re an artist or programmer and not a game designer by title, you’re involved in the design process. A huge part of that design process is playtesting. We playtest our games in a big room together and call out feedback and ideas as we play. Then we make changes to […]

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    Stranger Crafts Stranger Crafts

    Stranger Crafts

Stranger Crafts

By William Lemons  

With all of the great pixel art in Stranger Things: The Game, I got inspired to do some bead crafts of some sprites. I decided to document my progress on making an Eggo.

First, get your supplies together and a nice pattern for reference:

Eggo Pattern

I like to start with the outline of the image.

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Then add in the highlights and shading.

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Next, and this is really important, DON’T drop your phone on your work while […]

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    How We Decided to Run a Game Company How We Decided to Run a Game Company

    How We Decided to Run a Game Company

How We Decided to Run a Game Company

By Dave Pottinger  

Today is a big day. We’ve just released our latest game, Stranger Things: The Game. Yes, it’s a game about Stranger Things by Netflix. Holy $#@%, right? Sometimes, I’m lucky and my job is just flat-out cool. I hope everyone enjoys playing STTG as much as we enjoyed making it.

sttg_cakeWe don’t release games that often, so introspection is a release-day inevitability. Plus, cake, lots of cake. And beer.

Right now, BonusXP is as big as it’s ever been. 31 total folks. We always said we’d […]

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    Stranger Things: The Game – Game of the Day Stranger Things: The Game – Game of the Day

    Stranger Things: The Game – Game of the Day

Stranger Things: The Game – Game of the Day

We are amazed by the great reception the Stranger Things: The Game is getting. It’s even being featured right now on the App Store as the Game of the Day! Check it out!

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    Monster Crew Updated for iOS 11 Monster Crew Updated for iOS 11

    Monster Crew Updated for iOS 11

Monster Crew Updated for iOS 11

Resurrected from the dead, Monster Crew is now up and running on iOS 11 devices. This is BonusXP’s first game, released in 2012, so it’s near and dear to our hearts. We hope you all enjoy firing up this incredibly fun endless runner on your iOS 11 devices. Just grab the update from the App Store and you’re all set.

Monster Crew

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    Pixelfonso Pixelfonso

    Pixelfonso

Pixelfonso

By Alfonso Callejas  

I’ve been doing a lot of pixel art work lately for a “secret project” that I’ve really been enjoying. I’ve been gaming since the early 90s and I remember going over to friends’ and families houses SPECIFICALLY to play the latest Nintendo or Sega games. It’s been a lot of fun going back to my gaming roots – this time as a developer instead of a gamer. For my blog this week I wanted to go old school and make a Gameboy version of yours truly.

First I start off by opening Aseprite (a great tool for […]

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    The Hero Herald Issue #1 The Hero Herald Issue #1

    The Hero Herald Issue #1

The Hero Herald Issue #1

By Austin Chalk  

Hey everyone!

I wanted to use my blog post this week to start Issue #1 of The Hero Herald!

I’ve always loved when games create supplemental content to flesh out characters and lore in a way that you wouldn’t get from gameplay alone. Hopefully I can draw more of these in the future to do the amazing world of Hero Academy some justice!

Enjoy!

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    I’m Addicted… I’m Addicted…

    I’m Addicted…

I’m Addicted…

By Mike Petersen  

OK, I’m addicted… I’ve been playing a LOT of Heroes Of The Storm since alpha. There is a lot to like about the game, especially if you like any other Blizzard franchise. Since I like/have played most of their games since Warcraft II, Heroes of the Storm (HOTS) is a great way to to get lost in the nostalgia. Not that long ago they released HOTS 2.0 – which is not a new version of the game as much as a rework of the meta game. There are a […]