7 Remote-First Game Studios That Won’t Be Going Back to the Office

7 Remote-First Game Studios That Won’t Be Going Back to the Office

In recent times, almost every games studio has been forced to send their staff home and cease operating out of an office. This has caused many of them to become de facto ‘remote’ studios. However, there have been studios that have been primarily working remotely since well before it was required.

Don’t Lie About Your Game: The Relationship Between Marketing and Game Development

Don’t Lie About Your Game: The Relationship Between Marketing and Game Development

The relationship between game development and marketing can be a contentious one. Many times when a game gets a negative reaction from fans on release, the reason is as much about how the game was marketed than anything else. Making sure that the public’s expectations are aligned with reality is essential to the success of…

The Scotty Principle: Handling Time Estimates During Game Development

The Scotty Principle: Handling Time Estimates During Game Development

Any die-hard Trekkies out there should be familiar with the Scotty Principle, even if you haven’t heard it referred to as that. You may not, however, know how it can apply to game development. Read on and you can find out. But first, for the uninitiated… What is the Scotty Principle? The Scotty Principle (also…

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…

Game Industry Unions

Game Industry Unions

Unions are few and far between in the games industry and as we have discussed in our breakdown of crunch, there are almost none that can halt the production of a triple A game. Most of the unions on this list are small and relatively new. Similarly, most only exist in one country, and therefore…

Red Flags to Watch Out for When Interviewing with a Game Studio

Red Flags to Watch Out for When Interviewing with a Game Studio

The process of looking for a new job in the games industry can be gruelling. Unless you’ve been lucky enough to make a name for yourself in the industry, the chances are that you will have to deal with rejections, promising leads that trail off and go nowhere, and of course, lots of interviews. Depending…