The Debug Log

Welcome to The Debug Log, a podcast about game development. Hosts Andrew, Obinna, Zack, Ryan, and Eduardo are all professional game developers. From games for health care to AAA mobile games, these guys have experienced it all and have the scars to prove it. That being said, this is not your typical developer podcast. The Debug Log balances in-depth discussions and interviews with a casual and wry sense of humor. Aiming to be both entertaining and informative, the show targets developers of all skill levels. Whether you’re just getting started or have several games under your belt, you’re sure to find something of value. Join them each week as they deep dive into the evolving world of game development.

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episode 85: Episode 85: The Downsides of Developer Transparency


There has always been an air of mystery surrounding the game development process. In the past, this was mainly due to the archaic processes involved and the massive amounts of specialized knowledge required to dip a toe into that world. Fast-forward to now, what has changed? Well, the tools are a whole lot better, the entire process has become much more open to people of all talents, and the basic concepts of game development are pretty much common knowledge, even to the casual gamer. But, as games got easier to make they grew exponentially in their complexity and the concept of AAA development entered the fold. In the past, where only a handful of developers were required to churn out a blockbuster, now hundreds of developers spend several years creating these things. Granted, we do have our fair share of indie darlings that rise to the top, but those are almost exceptions to the rule when you compare their market share to the incredible amount of money going in and out at the AAA level. For a myriad of reasons, as games got more and more complex, it became harder for gamers and aspiring devs to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process. This lack of transparency has become something of a polarizing issue in the industry. On today's episode, we break down the recent discussions involving developer transparency. What are the benefits of it? Is it worth the risk? Why don't bigger developers share more? We cover all these questions and more.


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 10 October 2017  1h6m