In 2018 James Parker delivered a Develop Conference session full of such searing insight and devastating depth, that it was deemed too epoch-defining to ever see the light of day, hidden behind a vast network of conspirators and outlandish claims of "technical difficulties".
Unbowed, he returns in 2019 to the very institution that sought to silence him, to once again reveal the sort of uncomfortable truths that the so-called elites of the British games industry would rather you forget.
When not writing overblown conference biographies, James runs Bristol-based Ground Shatter and makes stupid action games.
Two indie games. Two Developers. Two stories of success and/or failure. In this unique session, developers James Parker and Anthony Gowland will go head-to-head to discuss development of their games, "RICO" and "Dead End Job" respectively. They cover the ups and downs, the similarities and the differences, and whether they remain friends or are now mortal enemies as their titles are both released in the complicated market conditions of 2019. With similar releases, budgets, and platforms, but different genres and styles - this is a rare opportunity to compare both real-world data and personal outlooks, see what factors have contributed to the games' relatives commercial outlooks, and draw meaningful conclusions about releasing a mid-budget indie game in the current climate. After all, what's better than one piece of anecdotal evidence? TWO pieces of anecdotal evidence, that's what!
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One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
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