Kieron Gillen delivers keynote about Indie Game coverage

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Kieron Gillen delivers keynote about Indie Game coverage

Postby Chris » Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:55 pm

Long standing Introversion fans will remember Kieron as the writer of the original PC Gamer review of Uplink, as well as the PC Format review and Eurogamer review of Darwinia. He's also written a host of other articles and features about our company. Recently he delivered a Keynote speech at the Freeplay conference in Australia titled "How to use and abuse the gaming press", and Introversion Software is featured heavily as his case study. It's a fascinating account from the other side of the fence - with some great insights into what we did right and what we got wrong from their point of view. And it's a goldmine of great advice to any other indie games companies who want more exposure for their games.

Click here to read his summary of what he said.

Speaking of conferences, we've all just got back from a 3 day trip to the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival. Darwinia was nominated for the Edge award (which we didn't win, sadly), and Mark and Andy gave a fantastic hour long presentation discussing the making of Darwinia, why the games industry is doomed to wallow in stagnation, and why its all the publishers fault. We'll post a more detailed account including pictures soon.
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Postby Darksun » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:25 pm

That was great speech by Kieron! Shame about the Edge awards, but what do industry experts know anyway? Roll on the readers choice! :D
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Postby Rkiver » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:31 pm

Nice article. Clear he likes you abusing him.
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Postby NeoThermic » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:42 pm

There's a line in his write up that makes me smile:

When Uplink’s was first released Introversion faked forum accounts to spread the word.

When Darwinia’s demo was first released, they didn’t need to. They had a small arm of devotees willing to do it for them.


It seems that not only are IV a force to be with, us followers are powerful as well :)

Its quite an intresting read, so if anyone hasn't RTFLA, you're missing out (thats Read The Fine Linked Article!)

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Postby Sobek » Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:25 am

Just a thought: What percentage of the Edge Award votes did Darwinia get?
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Postby edd8990 » Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:35 pm

Who did win the edge award?
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Postby Stewsburntmonkey » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:08 pm

Half-Life 2 won the best game award with The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure for the Gamecube and Halo 2 for the Xbox coming just behind.

Just to demonstrate the interesting choices of the judges, Nintendo was selected best publisher, followed by Rockstar and Ubisoft. How Nintendo is the best publish I have no idea.
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Postby shinygerbil » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:49 pm

Don't knock Ninty :P
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