Back from vacations! How nice and comforting to be back into my routines once more… Going to the gym, going for a run, working on side-projects, no more dreadful airports nor train stations… (Hmm, I have to remember to write a blog post about how airports are broken from an UX approach xD).
Anyhow, I did not really find the time to be near a keyboard/computer during my vacations and much less for the beautiful art of coding but I did definitely squeeze some time for reading! Three magnificent books that I would love to recommend to you programmers of any background and condition. They are more leaning towards best practices and methodologies, so soft read that I am sure you will be able to devour in no time.
This week was full of anticipation for me. I had been looking forward for a long, long time to the release of Indie Game: The Movie - what looked to be a breathtaking documentary about independent game development - and it was finally released! And it did definitely deliver. It blew my mind, it was so great, raw and personal… there is something magical and contagious about very passionate people talking about that single thing they devote their lives to… a real pleasure to behold ^_^ See the trailer below, and tell me it isn’t appealing…
With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.
After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.
P.S. Malin, my non-geek lovely girlfriend, also loved it! xD
After a little more than a week on my homeland in Spain, Malin and I are heading to Luleå to enjoy of my last week of vacation! :) Haven’t had time to touch a keyboard for longer than minutes! Have a nice one everybody!
For those of you that don’t know yet. They have released the videos for most of the sessions from NDC 2012 on Vimeo. You can access them from the NDC Agenda (notice Play Video link below the session name) or directly from Vimeo.
There are a ton of videos from amazing speakers! Don’t miss them! :)