Surviving Indie: A Real Look Behind Indie Game Dev
Saturday, March 19
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Making it as an indie game developer isn't easy. Though often romanticized, creating video games carries many burdens. Between the unknowns of producing a title, lack of funding, and life itself getting in the way, the Pandora's box that is game development can be overwhelming if not prepared for. Four game developers of varying success levels give their stories and true-to-life advice on surviving indie game development, while creators watching will walk away with a new outlook on their own aspirations.
Jay Tholen is an independent game developer and creator of "Dropsy", published by Devolver Digital. As an artist and musician, he has brought his creative influence to several projects in games and more.
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Richard James Cook
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Richard James Cook is a filmmaker and game developer in Austin, Texas. In independent game development, he is the creator of several smaller titles like "Pro Janitor Police" and the forthcoming fig...Show the rest
Richard James Cook is a filmmaker and game developer in Austin, Texas. In independent game development, he is the creator of several smaller titles like "Pro Janitor Police" and the forthcoming fighting game "Super Combat Fighter", and has also worked on games like "Battlesloths" in an IC role.
Richard is most notable for his two gaming-centric documentary films, "Pixels and Polygons" and "Pixel Poetry", the latter of which was produced and distributed by indie label Devolver Digital.
In addition to his projects, Richard was also one of only 20 selected to participate and graduate from the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at the University of Texas at Austin. The program, directed under industry veteran and luminary Warren Spector, focused on leadership principles and team/project management in the games industry.
He is currently working on his next documentary "Surviving Indie", expected to release in Summer 2016.Hide the rest