This past decade has given me a chance to play more unique and interesting titles than ever before. With that said, it has also exposed one of the major failings I see from indie developers, and that is about onboarding the player to their game. Part playtesting, tutorial, and UI design, this is an important concept for any developer to learn.
In the past decade I have played many roguelites, roguelikes, rogue-lites, and any other term that uses “like” in it. The roguelike genre has become famous thanks to indie devs who are able to experiment with procedural and random generation at an easier scale compared to AAA development. That was until I played Prey Mooncrash that without really advertising it, Arkane Studios created the first roguelike from a AAA studio, and it shows both the highs and lows surrounding it.
Recently, it was announced that Defiant Development: the developers of the critically successful Hand of Fate series is ceasing operations. From the outside, this comes as a huge shock and is the case of another studio despite having critical success still ending up going under. When it comes to game development one of the biggest issues that anyone from one-man teams to massive studios face is surviving the long run. And despite the number of amazing games released, the people who do manage to keep going is a shortlist.
One of the easiest professions to try and enter has been game journalism. For many writers, gamers, youtubers, and streamers, the dream of getting paid to talk about videogames has become their goal. With the means of communication getting easier with each passing year, you can’t throw a metaphorical rock on the internet without finding someone calling themselves a “gaming journalist” or “expert on videogames.”
However, with this pool so wide, and still not really understood by all, it creates a problem when it comes to elevating the discussion on the game industry.