This past summer has been a time of review in relation to this blog and my ventures (billo.ws/cyber.holdings).
I’ve followed enough game developers on Twitter to witness the carnage in the industry and have decided that I am not going to put any effort for the next year or two on new game projects. My plan is to re-launch CreateOrConquer.com, do some promotion to its mailing list, do exploration of viability for Urbaniacs.com, and casually work on design ideas for Heropath.com. I still love the industry as a fan and advocate, but there simply is no way to justify any serious time investment.
There is almost no Return on Investment in Video Games as a game developer. The Video Games industry has become just like the other creative industries with the barrier to entry becoming so low that anybody and everybody is doing game development. This is an abundance of riches and comes with its own downside which is that it is extremely difficult to compete.
My focus will shift to website properties which can developed to attract an audience. I have a couple of projects that I will be turning my attention to, one is related to Sports Stats and new ways to combine them for fun. The other project is a collectible fandom site.
I will no longer be posting new blogs on Jets Flight Control because of a lack of passion for it. Call it the Byfuglien effect 😉
I will be doing research for a Playstates book/video. This will take years to do since it is low priority but I’ve already collected enough material that its now possible to write or produce something.
Posting of ongoing musings to this website will occur as the fancy strikes.
Doc Surge (a cool synonym for Billows) is inspired by Doc Brass from the Planetary Comic series who in turn was inspired by the 1930s pulp hero Doc Savage.