World-renowned Game Designer Greg Costikyan comes to Denmark
Independently developed games – indiegames – have been gaining momentum over the last 5 years. Artistic titles like Braid, World Of Goo, Darwinia, Machinarium & Minecraft have been commercial successes and companies like Microsoft, Nintendo & Sony have opened up online-distribution on their gaming platforms to give the independent developers direct access to the audience. The danish games Limbo, Max & The Magic Marker and B.U.T.T.O.N. have been released though these new distribution channels.
Greg Costikyan is a veteran of the games industry and has been a fierce advocate for independently developed games for more than a decade. He is widely renowned and respected in the global games industry and a passionate speaker at international conferences.
He was one of the initiators of the “Scratchware Manifesto” in 2000, where a group of game designers argued for a break with the traditional publisher/developer business model and has been advocating this issue ever since.
Greg Costikyan has a 30 year history in the games industry with more then 30 published titles in all types of genres: boardgames, roleplaying games, computer games, online-games, mobile games & social network games. He worked with global franchises like Star Wars & Star Trek and founded the first American mobile game publisher.
In 2005 Greg Costikyan founded Manifesto Games as an independent distribution channel for independently developed pc- and Mac-games. Manifesto Games pioneered digital distribution of independently developed games, but was overtaken by other distributors and closed for sales in 2009. The webblog PlayThisThing.com was created as a spin-off from Manifesto Games and is still active as a place to learn about innovative alternative games.
Greg Costikyan’s homepage: http://www.costik.com/
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