You know what time it is? Apart from "panic-fixing-stress-deadline-coming-up-shit-chug-that-coffee" time?
It's jury time!
Games portfolio management for Google Play and Daydream. Writer: Tearing the Sky (novel), Tank Nation (game), Android Developers Blog.
How are you?
– I'm doing well, thank you! Games on Play had a big 2016, we brought some great indies to our audience, and we launched Daydream with some fun, engaging games. I also love writing, and am back in the saddle with a nearly complete screenplay. So all in all, I'm grateful for where I am and optimistic about what's next.
What will you look for in the submissions?
– Innovation and fun. Developers take a risk when they present something original to audiences. It's important for the whole marketplace if we can make sure that innovation gets a spotlight, so it has a chance to flourish. That innovation must also actually be fun, so that we really engage with it, and the games have a chance to originate a new genre for future games.
What made you get into the gaming industry?
– I've always loved video games, they're a big part of my childhood, and play with friends. Great movies can transport you to amazing worlds from someone's imagination for two hours, but games let you be the main character in a expertly created world, and spend as much time as you want there. I love games, and am happy to give back to games where I can.
What’s your guilty pleasure game?
– Sky Force Reloaded. It's the perfect shmup. It's classic play polished to today's visual standards, blended with a modern RPG skill-tree, and deep replayability. Infinite Dreams released it late last year, and has been supporting it with updates ever since. The game just exudes love for games and shmups in particular, I can't help but love it back. The guilty part is that I use a stylus for an extra 10% of input fidelity in this bullet ballet.
Do you have any words of advice to people who are thinking about joining the competition?
– Competitions are one of the best ways to build buzz around your game, since they're driven by how amazing the game actually is. Don't second-guess yourself, just enter your game!