I attended GameCityNights yesterday.


Stuart Gilray from Just Add Water was there doing the one on one, describing how he got into the industry and showing some of the new Stranger’s Wrath HD artwork, which looked pretty.  There was a live video interview with Lorne Lanning of Oddworld fame which was thoroughly entertaining; touching on socially designed games and why he believes classic games can stand the test of time just as well as classic movies. And a section on Second Life that was highly amusing by (I think) a fella called Paul Butler.

They also showcase indie games there which is the main reason I attended. I must thank Bob Fearon for putting my name forward and Chris White for making it happen.  There are usually 3 or 4 screens available to indie devs so I took my Xbox and demoed Doppelganger and the latest WIP build of Droid Assault. It was fascinating seeing other people experience the games for the first time and try and learn the mechanics (by trial and error – not a SINGLE person read the ‘how to play’ screens, not one).

It quickly became apparent that Droid will require some kind of tutorial – without reading the instructions (or having me direct their actions) players simply attempted to kill all the bots without using the transfer mechanism to build a team. Some players struggled with the twin stick control too so my intention to add a few different methods was vindicated.

So, all in all, it was a really enjoyable evening – a few beers, a decent chicken curry, some interesting chat and I got to show off a couple of games.

Cya next month!

(if you fancy showing your stuff send me a message and I’ll put you in touch with Chris to set it up).



  1. Nice one Paul.

    You aren’t really surprised that nobody read your “how to play” screens though surely? 🙂

    I think you’re right and a tutorial is probably needed for Droid Assault otherwise most people will play it as a traditional shmup.

    “You’re playing it wrong!”….sound familiar? 😉

  2. Yeah, I am 🙂 “How to play” and “Comtrols” are always the first screens I look at when playing a new game. I must be the exception then.

    You should come down when you’re feeling up to it. Your stuff would go down great there.

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