Over the past 20 years there has been a lot of changes in how games are made. When I first got started, I had Deluxe Paint, Vista Pro and graph paper as my non-compiler tools.
My latest, favorite gadget is the Wacom Cintiq which lets me, very quickly, whip up UI designs to pass on to the team for critique. Below is a screenshot of a UI mockup for something we’re working on.
Gamasutra talks to Brad Wardell about the Stardock Staffing Company, and the idea behind it. It’s a fantastic read on how Stardock is trying to change the practices of game project staffing, and making it better for everyone.
"Dubbed the Stardock Staffing Company (SSC), the new unit, comprising a small network of studios that Stardock has invested in, is essentially a professional employer organization, or PEO, for game developers."
Read the full article at Gamasutr...
On Neowin, Brad Sams has notified on some ugly news:
“Over two million passwords for Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have been posted to the web after a botnet has infected thousands of machines and used a keylogger to obtain passwords. While this breach is not from any particular service, the botnet has clearly been running effectively for some time as it reportedly has over 2 million passwords, 300,000 of which are for Facebook accounts.”
So, if you sus...
Stardock’s Derek Paxton talks with the folks over at PocketGamer.biz about the making of Dead Man’s Draw and the motivation behind moving into the mobile game market.
“You need only talk to Derek Paxton, vice president of Stardock Entertainment, for the briefest amount of time to realise just what a deep love and understanding of strategy games he has.
Indeed, it's this keen appreciation for the genre that has helped put the US developer on the map.
The holiday season is here! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, or just like to give your desktop a winter inspired look, I wanted to give some tips on how to achieve a festive look. There are thousands and thousands of skins and themes available here on WinCustomize, and the holiday season is one that has a lot of skins available. Whether you want just a festive wallpaper, or a complete theme for your desktop, we have it covered.
Holiday WindowBlinds Skins
If you follow tech news you probably have seen the 60 Minutes interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. He revealed that Amazon has been working on package delivery by drones and hope to have it operational in the next few years.
The goal is to have items delivered within 30 minutes, but obviously there are a lot of obstacles (no pun intended) to get this going in the real world. I’m a bit mixed on this technology, and I personally don’t see it taking off (a...
The Stardock Cyber Monday Sale is now live, and all week you can get Stardock software up to 50% off. Stardock Cyber Monday Sale
Object Desktop subscription – $34.99 $49.99 Start8 – $3.99 $4.99 WindowBlinds – $7.49 $9.99 Fences – $7.49 $9.99 ObjectDock - $7.49 $9.99 DeskScapes – $7.49 $9.99 and many more! Sales are valid from 12/2/13 until 12/8/13.
Please be careful folks. Many of us shop online and use such mega outlets as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and delivery services such as FedEx, UPS and DHL.
The scammers will be sending out phony delivery confirmation notices, and ads especially those with attachments like html and pdfs.
Mouse over those links and examine them! If the offers are too good to be true, they are. If you go to those pages, you risk malware infection.
These aren’t theoretical dan...
I didn't go out to any stores on Black Friday. I did pickup Battlefield 4 Premium and Splinter Cell: Blacklist for cheap though. Otherwise, that was the extent of my shopping adventures this weekend.
On behalf of the Stardock crew I'd like to wish our community members and customers a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to have a bunch of great people here and have fun talking and interacting with you each day.
While we are off for a few days to be with our families, we'll be right back at it next week.
Have a great holiday!
And I have a lot to be thankful for. In no particular order, here are some things that I am very very thankful for.
#1 My Wife and kids.
My wife and I have been together over 20 years. I love her so much. We met in college during an..incident in EE lab (you do not want me to work on anything that actually involves electricity). Since then, we've had 3 wonderful children. I am very thankful for them in ways that I think many can appr...
Stardock Autumn Sale!Starting today through Tuesday, December 3rd, we have a big Autumn Sale going on for Stardock games and DLC. This sale is going on in our store and on Steam.View the Stardock Autumn Sale list here.Here are some sale highlights:Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes - $39.99 $19.99Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - $39.99 $19.99Stardock Entertainment Pack 2014 - $89.99 $44.99Galactic Civilizations Ultimate Pack - $24.99 $12.49Sins: Rebellion Stellar Phenomena...
If you haven’t read this I highly recommend it:
CEO Brad Wardell on Stardock's big picture: strategic development and rise of the managers
There is a lot more to come. But this gives you an idea of the direction we’re taking in helping bring forth the next generation of game studios.
I’m putting this up so that it’s not lost to time. This is an article I wrote for Computer Games Magazine about my son playing World of Warcraft back when he was 8 years old and how he played it differently from adults.
WindowBlinds is the original Windows user-interface theming application to enable users to customize their PCs with themes called skins. 15 years later and WindowBlinds and the awesome WinCustomize.com skinning community are still going strong!
Today we’re releasing a WindowBlinds v8.02 update which includes the Modern skin and an assortment of performance enhancements and fixes. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, for limited time WindowBlinds is on sale now for 15% off. So downl...