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  1. For a new game, 500$ is not great, it is amazing. You need to work on your user acquisition and retention.   In terms of acquisition, now that you are making 500$, you should put some of that into marketing. There are several channels and facebook native app install is still one of the most successful (but expensive) ones. You can send it for blogs and reviewers for more exposure.   For retention, measure everything, check where and when the users are exiting the game and if there is a way to fix that.     Now to be realistic, assuming you will live and pay your rent from your first game, is not really that feasible. Maybe when you reach your 10-15th game, but it seems the game is on the way of becoming a hit.   Good luck.
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    Long launch reflections

    A very interesting and inspiring story.   I can relate to some stuff even though I live on the other side of the globe in a messed up little country in the middle east.
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    Why C# all of a sudden?

    Talking about game industry and not desktop or web applications.   If you are writing a game engine, it would be wiser to go as low-level as you can so you can optimize where you can.   But if you are doing a game, you have a different set of requirements and for me: - Language should be high-level enough to make sure you do not spend every minute re-inventing the wheel. - Language should have minimum compile time     The way I see it, taking Unity as an example, the engine itself will always be written in C/C++. In recent years, every one wants to be a game developer, meaning making games not writing engines. Unity offers several flavors for scripting, C# is the best one as it is high level, fast compile time and actually you can understand what you are writing.   I am not aware that anything has changed, it is all the same, the target audience changed.
  4. You are trying to solve a very rare case: - If the user moves from iOS to Android (or vice versa) will he lose his purchas-ables   The short answer: Yes, check top ranking games (Clash royale, ...) They save all user items and score locally. If you sign in with Google Play/Game Center you can save them in case you need to change device (same device type).   The purchasable are re-verified from apple or google side (in case they are non-consumables) and will let you know if you need to give the user these purchases.     So I would say ignore this very rare case.
  5.  The API relies on void* as a way to pass generic structures. Is there a better alternative/pattern? Typedef it to something readable if it going to be used as an API  How to ensure classes that inherit from IApp can only be instantiated through IApp::create<type>() and not directly through the constructor Make the constructor private
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    C vs Java (+ frameworks), Engines...?

    Check libgdx: https://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/
  7. If you want to dive into the gameplay and implementation aspect without having to worry about what is going on under the hood I advise you to start with something like Unity.   They already have a lot of video tutorials (here is one: http://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/projects/survival-shooter-project)   That will make you familiar with what it takes to develop a game when you have a game engine and all the tools. 
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    Managing connected clients

    Send ACK packets to mark if a client is connected or disconnected.
  9. One of the very few complete articles for UDP. I wish I had access to such resource when I was starting out with networking. It was mainly about a lot of trial and error. Definitely worth the 20$.
  10. Hello,   The ROI for such investment is very low. Unless your game is selling for 10$, then 2500 downloads is a relatively low number.
  11. The stack seems highly scalable. I am not familiar with aws, but could you give some idea about cost? Let's say an estimation if you were to have a very small number of active users (***vs a large number. What would this configuration cost for a 50 daily active users vs 1000 daily active users. I know it might be implementation and API usage dependent but a rough estimate will give a better view for the people interested.       On another note; in my opinion, I have built a lot of cross platform mobile games and apps. At the end of the day, you will be handling iOS and Android API calls in a different matter. My pref. is to go native. If you want a bit of a higher abstraction layer for graphics, use Cocos2D. But still go native. If you are doing the game, the only true cross platform calls are the openGL and game logic ones. That could be built into some kind of re-usable framework. Going native allows to optimise and to adopt new SDK features in an efficient matter. The fear (at least the one I had) of duplicating code or extra time spent "adapting" to another platform will not matter after the first project is done. 
  12. Scaling could be handled if you are connecting to a domain (not by direct IP). You would then change the domain A record if you decide to get another host. Downtime is minimal until DNS refreshes.   Anyways, if you have a large audience and you are actually monitizing well, you should not worry about scaling.   @jwezorek: what iOS game size limit? you mean android. APK size is limited to 50MB! iOS is 2GB.
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    The Good, The Bad and The WebGL-y

    check playcanvas.com :)
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    Why a Game Development Degree?

      You are listing a bias opinion based on UK.  There is a difference between "gaming degree" which basically is just Unreal workshops and some game design vs schools who offer BS in Computer Science (or MS) while also teaching game "development" (ex: game classes where students team up for a game project, game engine dev, etc.) as part of the curriculum. I do not think in the UK such school exists, I was talking about US mainly.
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    Why a Game Development Degree?

    It really depends on which school. Check their alumni, check their curriculum. Game Dev should have a lot of CS (not just game related). Most reputable Game Schools have a good balance of CS + Game. As I started a normal CS and moved to game dev, the curriculum in game dev degree contains as much CS and added a lot of physics, game related topics and projects (so that means a lot of credits making it more expensive).   Most of the grads are already in the game industry, in Microsoft, Skype, Amazon, Apple, etc.     On another note,a few years ago, I got offered a job as a game dev professor in a school (outside the US). After several interviews, I went there for my one to one and it turns out their program was targeting game design (game balancing, etc.). Students were not required to do any coding.    From my point of view and experience, game dev degree could be helpful if this is what you want (just do research before you attend a school). 
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