Gaming Post a Day For November 2018!

Steam library over 357 games

I have some writing friends who are doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is exactly what it sounds like. You write a novel in a month. I have no desire to do this but found there is a similar idea called NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which is posting one blog post a day for a month.

I am not sure I’ve got time to do post every day, but I will write for my blog every day. There are a ton of things I can write about that I will be doing.

Why am I doing this?

I love games and gaming and would love to make games. I am a programmer for my day job, but after doing it all day, I’ve had about enough programming for one day. So rather than make games I am going to share some of my favorite games with the Internet in general rather than spending all my time telling everyone I know about these wonderful gems of indie goodness.

Some teasers/spoilers:

  • Recently I went to the 2018 GDEX which is a weekend-long game developer expo here in Columbus, Ohio that’s been happening every fall for a few years now. It’s grown to be over 100 exhibitors including some local hobbyists and small studios up to some well-known indies like Finji of Night in the Woods fame. There are a couple dozen games from this I could write about.
  • There are some wonderful new indie games I’ve encountered between Kickstarter and Humble Bundle. This includes Garden Paws which is a like a super-chill mashup of Stardew Valley and Minecraft with cute animals. I’ve been playing this with my kids. I have also been following Bombfest which is in the final stages of finishing up their launch.
  • Last but not least, there have been a handful of games I started playing this year that I have sunk some major hours into and even finished – which is increasingly rare for me. This includes Hollow Knight and Subnautica which are both amazing atmospheric games with amazing soundtracks and a heavy emphasis on exploration. But that is about all those games have in common.


GDEX 2017 – Amazingly Creative Community and the Rise of Indie Developers

Indie devs at GDEX

The event I’d been looking forward to for weeks finally came along at the end of September 2017 – GDEX 2017. GDEX (The Game Developer Expo) is a major game developer expo in Columbus, Ohio of all places. I’m so lucky to have this event in what is pretty much my backyard. This is my third time attending this event and its fifth year running.

What makes GDEX so special? It’s mostly made up of super-passionate game developers, artists, musicians and people doing related stuff all coming together to show off the work they have poured their hearts and souls into. This year they had 100 exhibitors on the show floor.

The people exhibiting range anywhere from college kids making their first game to industry veterans going off and founding their own studios and sharing their new creations. On top of this, there are almost always sessions going on where you can hear inspiring talks and learn new things about making games. Continue reading