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Re: Games Industry moving to mobile platforms like Android/Linux

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Monday 29 Aug 2011 17:17 : \____

> Homer wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>> [quote]
>> Video games industry: Rise of the 'bedroom' developer
>> On 17 August 2010, one of the UK's biggest games companies -
>> Dundee-based Realtime Worlds - went into administration with the loss of
>> more than 150 jobs.
>> The company's collapse followed disappointment in the sector as the
>> coalition government at Westminster cancelled planned tax breaks for the
>> industry.
>> Many experts predicted these hi-tech firms - full of young, mobile
>> people - would simply move abroad in search of more sympathetic tax
>> regimes.
>> This once flourishing part of the Scottish - and the UK - economy was in
>> terminal decline, they said.
>> But the city's Abertay University, one of the few places in the UK you
>> can take courses on video games design and development, is still
>> churning out graduates keen to make their mark in the sector.
>> One of them is Martyn Hunter, a 21-year-old from Kirkcaldy in Fife, who
>> believes the collapse of Realtime was more a sign of rapid change in the
>> industry, rather than a symbol of its decline.
>> On starting his course three years ago, his ambition was to work on a
>> big blockbuster title like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto - but now
>> he's more interested in becoming an indie games producer and join the
>> the "bedroom developer" revolution.
>> "Triple-A titles, major mainstream budgets just aren't going to work
>> these days," he says.
>> "I personally think that smaller, casual games for mobile platforms,
>> Facebook and social networks are the way forward, because they require a
>> lower budget and give a lot more creative freedom - which gives birth to
>> such amazing new games."
>> Far from being "depressing", Mr Hunter says it's actually a time of
>> incredible opportunity for graduates entering the sector.
>> [/quote]
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-14516350
> Mobile devices are more harmonious with smaller games.  A few minutes of
> gaming rather than hour-long epics where you concentrate on nothing else.
> Who wants to sit for hours in a room made hot by the computer equipment,
> sweating while straining to manipulate game controls and worrying that
> you'll get killed at any time.  :-)

That's what consoles at the living room are for.

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