London and IGC

Hey guys!

I’ve spent most of the week in London with my girlfriend, Ronja, partly for business and partly for fun. We checked out the British Museum, King’s Cross station, Big Ben, lots of pubs, a wee church, and some other stuff. Didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to because of time and energy constraints, but oh well.

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Pretending to be a Harry Potter fan and failing miserably at faking enthusiasm

We attended IGC15 (the Indie Game Conference, sponsored by Microsoft!) and met up with tons of cool developers, a bunch of which I already knew from my previous visit to London. Unfortunately this conference wasn’t centered on web or Flash games like the last one I went to, so I didn’t recognize as many people as I had hoped, and a lot of the content wasn’t interesting to me. But that also meant I experienced quite a lot of new stuff, including trying a VR headset for the first time! I briefly played Smash Hit Plunder, and it was an awesome feeling. It worked much better than I expected, and I’m now really looking forward to seeing what sort of games take advantage of VR, while previously I wasn’t very interested.

Had a good time drinking with the other Flash game devs, and chatting about Kongregate and Armor Games and how that market is mostly dead. A lot of them are moving onto other stuff, including mobile games, client work or Steam games.

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At the pub with Jimp, Chris Jeff, Kupo, and Ronja

Anyway, the trip went really well overall. The train journey and hotel were way more comfortable than expected, the weather was decent, and we had a lot of fun. I’m feeling motivated to make some games!

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