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    Inspired to Grow Food Inspired to Grow Food

    Inspired to Grow Food

Inspired to Grow Food

By Clare Hallock  

nature_post001Some of our recent posts have been about cooking, and I found them rather inspiring. I decided that this year, I was going to grow some of my own food. Not much, mind you, but a few herbs and maybe some tomatoes; enough to be fun without becoming a second job to maintain.

I went out and bought all the supplies I’d need, picked out some herbs, a couple of vegetables, nothing too exciting. I took them home, planted them all, and went on vacation! Yeah!

Upon my return, […]

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    WASD vs ESDF WASD vs ESDF

    WASD vs ESDF

WASD vs ESDF

By Eric Fowler  

WASD vs ESDF…is this even an issue? Probably not. But perhaps it should be…

Every PC gamer knows what WASD is; typical first person controls for movement. ESDF on the other hand might take some thinking, but simply put, it is WASD shifted one key to the right.

Soooo…what’s the difference? Glad you asked. Quite a bit, actually.

First of all, some brief history. Why did WASD come about in the first place? Back in the early days of PC gaming, when first person shooters started to emerge, people would play the […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Games, Team Blog|0 Comments
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    Rose Colored Glasses Rose Colored Glasses

    Rose Colored Glasses

Rose Colored Glasses

By Graham Somers  

Bruce just wrote a post about developing the original Civilization game, one that I played a ton of. My brother was actually the one that bought Civilization and got me playing it. My brother and I played our fair share of computer games when we were kids. Our family never had a game console for various reasons, but our Dad bought a computer in the late 1980s. It was used and the previous owner included his collection of games with it, which was mind blowing at the time. You didn’t […]

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    Remembering Civilization I Remembering Civilization I

    Remembering Civilization I

Remembering Civilization I

By Bruce Shelley  

civ_boxOur friends at Firaxis Games recently published Civilization VI, a turn-based strategy game, and over the past few years there have been a number of conference presentations looking back on the 25th anniversary of the first edition. It was a huge opportunity for me to be on the team that built Civilization I. We didn’t have many formal job titles then, but I did work that today would be tasks for a producer, writer, assistant designer, and test manager/lead (teams were much smaller around 1990 :).

Civilization […]

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    Learning to Cook Learning to Cook

    Learning to Cook

Learning to Cook

By Marc Porto  

I love to cook. I spend a good portion of every weekend in the kitchen cooking something ridiculous (bacon weave) or time consuming (ravioli). A while back, I decided that I wanted to learn to roast chicken. So I did what any reasonable semi-adult would do. I looked it up online, and I called my Mother.

I chatted with my mom some and spent a bunch of time online reading about recipes and techniques. At some point I realized that I learned to cook the same way that I’ve been learning to make video games. Tribal […]

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    Podcasts Part One Podcasts Part One

    Podcasts Part One

Podcasts Part One

By Alfonso Callejas  

podcasts_part1A podcast is kind of like a radio show, but on the internet. You can download or stream them on your phone and listen to them at your leisure. A few years ago, I started listening to Podcasts of radio-shows like RadioLab and This American Life. Since then, I have delved into programs that are exclusively podcasts.

One of the great things about being an artist is that while your hands and eyes are occupied with work – your ears are free to do whatever they want!

As […]

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    Naked Hero Academy 2 Characters Naked Hero Academy 2 Characters

    Naked Hero Academy 2 Characters

Naked Hero Academy 2 Characters

By Thonny “Nemo” Namuonglo  

Thonny is one of our resident animators. He put together this compilation of his work showing all of the bones that move to animate each of the characters in the game. Enjoy!

 

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    Plein Air Plein Air

    Plein Air

Plein Air

By Andrea Werntz  

pleinair001I have a trip to Europe coming soon and like any artist who goes to amazing locations I would love to take my sketchbook with me, and some watercolors or gouache, and sketch the town to bring back home my own interpretation of what I see.

Now, it sounds really fun and romantic but it can be really hard to try to paint the city when you are as rusty painting landscapes from life as I am. So I have been watching videos and tutorials, trying to figure […]

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    Mega Man (or How I Came to Work Games) Mega Man (or How I Came to Work Games)

    Mega Man (or How I Came to Work Games)

Mega Man (or How I Came to Work Games)

By Drew Walton  

Growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I loved drawing and video games. I was one of the few children in my neighborhood lucky enough to have a Nintendo Entertainment System™ and often found myself totally engrossed in new characters and environments for hours on end. The inspiration continued long after the game was turned off as I found myself drawing the adventures I was having in games.

This past Christmas, my uncle gifted me a comic I had drawn when I was 8 years old, inspired by one of my favorite video games at the time- MEGA […]

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    My Fifteenth Year in Games My Fifteenth Year in Games

    My Fifteenth Year in Games

My Fifteenth Year in Games

By Graham Somers  

As of 2017, I’ve been working in the games industry for 15 years. I started my first job – as a Community Manager – in 2002 at a company called Big Huge Games, located in a suburb of Baltimore on the east coast of the USA. I started work more or less fresh out of college, with a couple of hundred dollars in my bank […]