December 29, 2012

Thoughts about Indie Game: The Movie

This is now a bit more current again, as Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM) is included in Humble Indie Bundle 7.

I finally took the time and watched it. I'm sharing some personal thoughts that the film provoked. If you’re looking for a good review, please help yourself with your favorite search engine.

The main focus is on the development process of the indie games Super Meat Boy and Fez, supported by the earlier release, Braid. The movie is a bit long, but it manages to build an emotional attachment to the developers behind the games. This pays off in the end.

For me the film is very much related to video games as art debate (check e.g. Guardian Games Blog). I see a strong proof that making an indie game is a creative process. As the games themselves are constructed by putting pieces of art together, how could the final result not be art? IGTM shows the personal drive to create and communicate with people using the game as media, people following their vision despite the uncertainty about how the game will be received. In my eyes, these developers are artists.

The bottom line is that IGTM manages to deliver an emotional experience through its subject and cast. I’m happy to have seen it. Occasionally, I couldn't help thinking if I took the easy path of working in corporate software development. In some ways, I probably did, but I think there's no final answer to that question. What I envy most is the indie developer's freedom not to compromise their vision, when they so decide. I feel that is very different when compared to large scale software projects.

December 04, 2012

Sports bets recap - November 2012

Total balance of betting accounts in November: -21.57%

As promised, my first sports betting recap is here.

This month I had both good and bad times, but the final result is negative mostly because of one bad weekend. I think almost every bet was lost that weekend. While I can't be happy with the final outcome, I'm not too worried yet. I'm playing with very small stakes and can afford these losses. This is still more about learning to win than actually winning.

The monthly follow-up is proving to be a useful tool and is helping me to set concrete targets for the next month. During November I have made small adjustments to my betting system. Those haven't brought any winnings home yet, but I think it's a matter of time. I have considered starting a more detailed analysis on the teams and series I'm betting on. However, that would mean spending considerably more time planning the bets. The time I don't necessarily have.

To sum it up, no reason to panic yet. But I expect better results in December. If that won't happen, I'll need a careful review on my current strategy. But tonight, it's about some quality time with ice hockey and UEFA Champions League.

One more thing! My knowledge of betting terms in English is not that great. Here's one betting web site I stumbled upon when writing this post and looking for some information is English. Seems to be a decent one.