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!
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
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.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
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’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
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