I lead @hinterlandgames & created THE LONG DARK. He/Him. Game Director, Designer, Writer. I tweet about #gamedev. Proud Canadian. More stubborn than you. 🇨🇦
Nov 25, 2021 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
The "I'll pay $10k for someone to add MP to BotW" thing is not so much funny as scary. It shows how little the average person knows about the cost and effort that goes into game development, which drives a lot of player discourse and pushback against devs.
We have industry associations who should be doing more work to educate the populace around what we do, and media could also be more helpful with this (although some journalists genuinely try). I think devs are generally quite open about how we work and the effort involved.
Jul 7, 2021 • 67 tweets • 17 min read
To my knowledge, there is still no standard format for game scripts. I've written for games for about 20 yrs and I've seen dozens of different formats, from straight up Final Draft screenplays to bespoke Excel spreadsheets to .txt files.
(Don't make your writers write original stuff in spreadsheets, ok? It's horrible. Let them write in Word or .doc or whatever and then create import scripts that bring them into Excel/Sheets and add tags or whatever. Writers generally do not want to write in spreadsheets.)
Nov 19, 2020 • 32 tweets • 6 min read
We've been doing a lot of interviewing interviewing at @HinterlandGames lately and here are some general thoughts/observations that may or may not be useful to anyone who is currently looking for a job.
Some of this may be specific to our approach, but I suspect much of it would apply generally no matter which studio you are applying at.
Mar 1, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play #thelongdark on GeForce Now. Nvidia didn't ask for our permission to put the game on the platform so we asked them to remove it. Please take your complaints to them, not us. Devs should control where their games exist.
They offered us a free graphics card as an apology, so maybe they'll offer you the same thing.