Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Rare gift: managing creative people in games development

An excellent article by Simon Parkin has been playing on my mind recently. The article (which really must be read, if you haven’t read it already) examines the impact of Microsoft’s acquisition on the creative output at Rare. The British

A Rare gift: managing creative people in games development

An excellent article by Simon Parkin has been playing on my mind recently. The article (which really must be read, if you haven’t read it already) examines the impact of Microsoft’s acquisition on the creative output at Rare. The British

Can Zynga de-risk?

I may have been negative about Zynga recently – but for good reason. I suggested that the market was beginning to more accurately price in the risk associated with a creative enterprise that was displaying a lack of creativity. In

Can Zynga de-risk?

I may have been negative about Zynga recently – but for good reason. I suggested that the market was beginning to more accurately price in the risk associated with a creative enterprise that was displaying a lack of creativity. In

Why Combinator… Why?

Investment firm Y Combinator got awfully upset over SOPA and PIPA, promising a cold-blooded revenge on Hollywood once the bills were shelved. However hard it is to believe that people would want to be part of an investment consortium that

Why Combinator… Why?

Investment firm Y Combinator got awfully upset over SOPA and PIPA, promising a cold-blooded revenge on Hollywood once the bills were shelved. However hard it is to believe that people would want to be part of an investment consortium that

Strong words with friends

The gaming community find Zynga outrageous. And that outrage is having a real effect on Zynga’s market value – even though you might not realise it. We’ve all read plenty recently about how Zynga have been copying long-lived, well-loved gaming

Strong words with friends

The gaming community find Zynga outrageous. And that outrage is having a real effect on Zynga’s market value – even though you might not realise it. We’ve all read plenty recently about how Zynga have been copying long-lived, well-loved gaming

Power to the people: Publishing, tomorrow

Tim Schafer has scared everyone a bit. And rightly so. In raising well over $1m for the new Double Fine project via Kickstarter in a day or two, he has shown the games industry that a community exists which is

Power to the people: Publishing, tomorrow

Tim Schafer has scared everyone a bit. And rightly so. In raising well over $1m for the new Double Fine project via Kickstarter in a day or two, he has shown the games industry that a community exists which is