Posts Tagged "Business"

Using Kickstarter to Fund Gaming

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Gaming | Comments Off on Using Kickstarter to Fund Gaming

funded-with-kickstarter_0Since its launch, Kickstarter, a website on which individuals that intend to make things could ask other people to spend for their work, has actually offered hope to poverty-stricken artists, musicians and designers. Yet exactly what the world’s modern-day Medicis actually wish to bankroll is brand-new computer games. Of the ten most-funded Kickstarter jobs, 5 belong to computer games. Three–“Double Fine Adventure”, “Wasteland 2” and “Shadowrun Returns”– are actual games. Two are little bits of gamer equipment: an open-source video games console called the OUYA, and also a virtual-reality headset called the Oculus Break.

One reason that games start funded is that gamers are tech-savvy. With a typical age in America of 37, they additionally have plenty of non reusable income. They expect no return on their money, conserve a free or cut-price duplicate of the game itself.

There are structural reasons within the online games market for Kickstarter’s appeal, also. As growth budgets for video games have increased, states Aubrey Hesselgren, a games-industry programmer, big authors such as Electronic Arts and also Activision have actually come to be risk-averse. Like Hollywood studios before them, they have actually taken the secure choice of producing unlimited sequels to already-popular titles in big-selling styles, such as military-themed shooting games. That leaves a long tail of unhappy fans who can’t find new video games they take pleasure in. The 3 largest Kickstarter games are all from underserved styles.

Meanwhile, programmers are unhappy, too. Making online games is a tough way to work. Contracts are usually brief. Lengthy hours are common. Target dates show up like a never-ending shower of “Tetris” blocks. Publishers maintain most advancement studios on a tight chain; lots of developers feel creatively suppressed. Stories of burnout and anxiety abound. “The games sector doesn’t preserve designers extremely well,” keeps in mind Mr Hesselgren dryly. “However it’s pretty good at educating up rebels.”.

Raising money from followers provides a route to innovative control and also sane working conditions. “I don’t have any type of insane people [from a publisher] in my office informing me what to do,” enthuses Brian Fargo, the expert developer accountable of “Wasteland 2”.

The combination of disgruntled followers and also mutinous programmers is raised with a dose of nostalgia for the good old days. “Wasteland 2” is a follow up to a video game made in 1988. “Shadowrun Returns” is a computer version of a pen-and-paper parlor game released in 1989. “Double Fine Adventure” is an experience game, a loosened up, analytical category that has actually been readily dead for even more than a 10 years.

As word spreads among fans and designers about the possibilities offered by reducing publishers from the loop as well as elevating cash straight from fans, the number of video-game tasks on Kickstarter is mushrooming. Not all succeed, and some observers bother with exactly what might occur when a fan-funded game meets disasters. Still, Mr Fargo hopes that Kickstarter could possibly advance into a fully-fledged choice funding source. He has guaranteed to plough 5 % of the benefit from “Wasteland 2” back right into other Kickstarter video games, and has encouraged others to do the very same.

It has become a whole new world for game programmers.  No longer is Kickstarter just for small businesses.  It’s for anyone and everyone that needs up front funding to start a business or fund a project.

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Reasons Why You Don’t Like Your Business Partner

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Business Rants | Comments Off on Reasons Why You Don’t Like Your Business Partner

Somewhat off the cpu topic for a bit but this blog is about my life experiences within the industry so here we go. Do you have your own business? What do you do if your business partner is not putting in as much effort as you? What makes you to yell at your partner? The following are some reasons why I can no longer partner up with a person in a business.

Lazy – If you are a lazy person, then you should not start your own business. For a business, laziness means failure, loss, bankrupt, closing up, etc. You will never succeed in a business if you are lazy and not willing to work overtime. I have personally seen a client of mine in the pest control industry lose his entire livelihood because of his laziness.

Disorganize – To start your own business, you must be very organized because when starting up, there’s only you and your partners doing all the work. Most of the time there are not enough man power. If you are not organized, then very likely you will miss a lot of tasks and getting blamed. I first had this issue when I started my first business and, once I overcame it, saw more success.

Not Showing Up – Do not think that since you’re are one of the bosses, you can then not show up to work without notice. If you are really not able to show up at work because you need to meet with clients or have lunch with them, then you should inform your partners about these events. When people own a business they sometimes think they’re able to work whenever they want – that’s a big no no.

Ideas Without Action – No matter how many ideas you have, if you are not putting them into action, then there’s no point to bring them up in meetings just to impress your partners. It will just make you look worse.

Over Exaggerate Your Words – Sometimes, it is necessary to exaggerate your words in order to overcome the customers. But if you over exaggerate or if you are doing it every time you talk, then it is going to hurt your business because the customers will soon realize the inaccuracy. Customers are not stupid. Stick to the truth!

Not Living Up to Your Words – If you said you would do something, then you better do it. If you don’t think you can complete it, then at least you should give it a try. You can always learn something from the experience.

Cheating On Customers – Don’t cheat! If you charged your customer more than what the amount should be, then you better refund it or give your customer a discount on his next purchase. It will hurt your company’s reputation if the customer found out that you cheated. I once worked for a roof contractor that taught me about integrity and ensuring that the customer is always happy.

These are some of my reasons why I don’t like my business partner if he is such a person. To be honest, it is fine to me if you are my friend with these characteristics. However, for a business partner, these characteristics are not acceptable. If you have talked to your partner about the problems listed above and he just give you a bunch of excuses in response, then it is time to leave, either you or your partner.

What are your reasons? (or excuses?)

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