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In Topic: How exactly does localizations of apps translate to more downloads?

05 October 2015 - 09:18 AM

Not saying localization isn't important (I think it is and wish we did it at work) but most of the sales of our games are from natively speaking English countries.  Whether or not sales in Russia of our games is low because the games aren't in Russian or because piracy is fairly big over there is a question for debate.  While we are no doubt losing sales because are games are English only the higher ups don't think it is worth the cost of localization.  Translate if you can (and for good translations) but it isn't the end of the world if you game is English only.  If it is good and you hit the app store lotto you'll make money either way.

In Topic: Mac to buy for app development?

29 September 2015 - 09:35 AM

A Mac mini will do just fine.  As long as it is Intel based it will be good to use for years.  At work we use a mid 2012 mini as the build machine for our Adobe AIR apps.  Even on the iOS side it is really years before an older phone is completely obsolete.  It is really the fact that just more and more frameworks are moving to iOS 7 as the base that iPhone 4 and older devices are falling off the map.


But depending on how far from the low level your chosen tool chain is saving the Mac for last might bring you a world of hurt.  Android and iOS are too completely different beasts and only designing for one in mind usually doesn't work out well for the other.  Use source control and a KVM switch and actively do builds on both.

In Topic: How do I know what Android version to target?

28 September 2015 - 09:21 AM

Android 2.x and 3.x are so old that I don't feel like it is worthwhile to even mess with them.  A couple of our older games at work will start target 2.3 but the Google Play breakdown is something like 97%+ Android 4 and above.  Performance of the games just isn't very good since the devices are always low spec and it is just a drain on our support to have to deal with them.  That is why we made a blanket rule just to support Android 4+ and iOS 6 (soon to be iOS 7).


As far as testing, it is a work place so we have the money and people to have a range of devices.  We probably have 10-12 going from Android 2.3 to 5.1 (phones and tablets) and several manufactures.  Games in development and beta testing will get run though a bunch of them to see if the game works alright but once the game is out then generally just the high end devices so QA can quickly do what they need to do and a few spot checks with older devices for major new features.  Android is so fragmented that it is pretty much impossible to test on everything.  You can pay for a service to test your game but they aren't always cheap and they won't catch everything either (but will have a better chance then you).  There are some software emulators you can use that can simulate different hardware and Android versions but they don't really work that well in my experience.  For a broke indie I'd say just get a Android 4/5 tablet and call it a day.  The crash reporting for Google Play is pretty good (we've fixed more then one issue we couldn't repo from the crash logs) so it can give you a chance to fix things you couldn't test.

In Topic: What Does the Rest of the World Think About the GOP Candidates/Debates?

22 September 2015 - 09:44 AM

For the one reason: The two party system is partially compensated for by the multi-candidates with policies from extreme conservatism to moderate conservatism during the primaries....  So why are more intelligent, more moderate, more politically experienced, more reasonable candidates such as Jeb Bush in single digits in the polls?


He has said some dumb things.  All the candidates say dumb things just people have focused on his for whatever reason.  Probably having a father and brother as president and the chad thing.


I think people like Trump because he isn't afraid to say what he thinks and isn't all wishywashy in this stances.  All the other candidates don't generally make any firm statements on things one way or another so they don't upset people.  President should make the best decision for the people, not worry about making everybody happy.  I don't think Trump should be president but we certainly need somebody who isn't a limp wrist like the current president and candidates.  I can only assume that other people are starting to feel the same way.  But probably more likely people are only interested because of the show he is putting on right now.

In Topic: "So... What do you do?"

19 September 2015 - 03:25 PM

Just telling people I'm a tech manager for a mobile game studio and before that just a mobile/social game programmer always seemed to be enough to keep the conversation going without any odd pauses.  Just give people a simple answer and ask them a question to get them to talk about themselves usually makes them forget/not care what you did for a living anyway.