Vertical Slice vs MVP: What’s the Difference?

Vertical Slice vs MVP: What’s the Difference?

When talking to teams that are early in the development process, they often tell us they want to make either a vertical slice or an MVP (minimum viable product) of their game. We find these two terms get used interchangeably when in fact, they are very different. To clear up any confusion, let’s take a look at what the two terms mean, and better yet, how to use the concepts behind them to make a great game.

A Complete List of Game Industry Job Boards

A Complete List of Game Industry Job Boards

Job boards are one of the quickest and most straightforward ways to apply for jobs. Luckily, the games industry has a whole bunch. The advantage of industry-specific job boards is that they are much more targeted than general listing sites like Indeed or Monster, meaning you don’t have to wade through a ton of FinTech…

8 Great Podcasts for Game Designers and Developers

8 Great Podcasts for Game Designers and Developers

Podcasts are my personal favorite way to learn new things and absorb information. Much to my girlfriend’s chagrin, I have them playing all the time. Including whenever I do chores around the house like washing the dishes or hanging the laundry. I find the long-form conversations podcasting encourages are the perfect venue to explore the…

Guidelines and Best Practices for Crunching Ethically

Guidelines and Best Practices for Crunching Ethically

At Tiny Hydra, we believe that Crunch should be avoided at all costs. With proper planning and vigilance, it can be in many cases. However, we recognize that disasters happen and even the best of intentions can’t always protect a game from last-minute upsets. Game engine updates break your code, global pandemics torpedo your best-laid…

7 YouTube Channels for Aspiring Game Designers

7 YouTube Channels for Aspiring Game Designers

A good quality education in game design has become more accessible than ever given the burgeoning array of physical courses as well as the emergence of many reputable online courses. The growing interest in game design has also facilitated the growth of informal educational channels on YouTube. Many of these channels can help you learn more…

How to Predict If Your Game Will Need to Crunch

How to Predict If Your Game Will Need to Crunch

Talking to people who are disillusioned by crunch, we hear about a scenario that is becoming more and more common. A game studio goes through an intensive period of crunch to release a game. Everyone pulls together, works hard, and manages to meet their deadline. A few weeks or months of relative calm ensues. And…