Here are the questions you asked our panel of people who work in the games industry and app development.
Mark Lambe (NeverMind Games): There’s no doubt that games studios in Ireland produce great games, they tend to be the start-ups, but as these companies grow, we should start to see some great high profile games coming out of Ireland.
Augmented Reality will see huge growth not only in gaming but in many other areas also like enterprise, lifestyle, retail and industry. For instance the new IKEA catalogue has augmented reality in it!
Mark Lambe: Focus groups, user testing, surveys, the same as most products.
Damien Murphy: Hi Orla, the simple answer is you don’t, but you should have a fair idea if it’s good by playing similar games or the game itself.
Damien Murphy: Hi Una, most companies have testers who test that the product works as it is supposed to. Then you have User Experience experts who would consider the usability prior to development of an app.
Mark Lambe: Our games are casual games so “ordinary people” are a great place to start.
Damien Murphy: Hi Patrick, I would recommend picking a simple game you like and make your own version.
My first mobile app was an offline bus timetable for my bus to college. I then created a J2ME mobile game called DredBrick which was a breakout clone.
Mark Lambe: Read my blog post “Game industry 101”, it’s a good way of looking at different careers within the industry. Developing games is a lot of fun and quite rewarding.