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Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:08:44 PM »
Gankom requested this thread so I obliged.


Any webvlogging, blogger, gamer news outsider who reports on studios like Bungie, Treyarch, Blizzard, etc who are not physically there working get about 90% of it wrong.  The shit I hear about what went wrong or right with the development of Destiny is so laughably wrong I can barely stomach reading it. Speaking of Bungie, they're in trouble.  Destiny is pretty much dead, and the company has to do something different or die.  It's one of the most expensive developers in existence and Destiny2 was a massive loss.  The attempt at revitalizing Destiny has not helped, I imagine they're probably going to have to shift gears or Activision will drop them. 

Bungie is not the same company it was from the Halo Years.  Most of the old guard are gone and a good collective of them are working in an Indy startup. I know more than I'm saying but I'm not sure what I can disclose in public so keeping it shrouded a bit. 

If you have any game dev industry questions, I'm happy to chime in.  At the moment I'm working for an Indy Developer Proletariat Inc out of Boston on a new stylized battle royale Spellcaster game called Spellbreak.  If any of you want to get in on playtesting, send me a PM. 

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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 06:28:39 PM »
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Bungie is not the same company it was from the Halo Years.  Most of the old guard are gone and a good collective of them are working in an Indy startup. I know more than I'm saying but I'm not sure what I can disclose in public so keeping it shrouded a bit.

I've always wondered about this part. Some studios get big and do amazing stuff, but I always wondered how long the talent actually stays around. It must be like other business where the talent is always rotating through right? People are always going to be coming and going, starting their own attempts or moving to better pastures. So for some of the big studios it's gotta be totally different crews from one project to the other I figure. How long would a particular dev actually stay with a given company? A couple of years? A Decade?

I knew Bungie was hurting, although I never really knew just how big a lost Destiny 2 was. I was a huge halo fan but I never really got into Destiny at all. I think it came out at a bad time for me to get into any video game. To much work, not enough free time to really devote to a big game.


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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 07:17:45 PM »
That's a difficult question Gankom. 

I stayed at Treyarch for nearly 8 years because the pay, benefits, education and interest in projects kept me engaged. The downside is the crunch requirements were insane. The birth of my daughter had me seeking better options with a work/life balance. Ever since I have been short term at most studios and moving around the country. That's just my story though, I know some people who have been in once studio for their entire career. It's not really tied to talent either, I have worked with incredible people that get laid off because somebody didn't like them, etc.

As far as Bungie goes specifically the culture and environment of the studio made it one of the best places to work in the industry. But due to some upper level changes in management which affected the culture, a lot of long time employees decided to pick up and leave. For some of those guys, they're just bored with making a Halo Style game and want to do something different.

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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 09:47:07 PM »
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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 11:51:17 PM »
Can we pick none of the above?

@Grutch. That all makes sense. Sounds a lot like most creative places that has talent doing things like that. People want to grow, or move on with life, while others might be happy where they are or already moving up there. I can totally understand people wanting to switch and not work on the same style of game all the time.

What part of the design phase do you do Grutch? A little bit of everything? Specializing in a specific part? The very few people I know who do any kind of game design are all little indy guys with one person studios.

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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 11:09:35 AM »
Destiny 2 was fucking gash
I don't care about the rules.

Pass the machete.

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Re: Video Game Dev Ramblings.
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 10:58:36 AM »
I noticed Destiny 2 is pumping out commercials like mad these past few days. So that's really a last ditch effort to revitalize the player base? (not that the commercials got me interested, though they make the game look a lot deeper than it is afaik)
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