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November 24, 2012


People say Indians are good for quantity, but use Russians (and other Eastern europeans I guess) for algorithm work.

I had a friend (poker player) who paid ($1000) for Indians to write a game to his specifications. He wanted to make a change after the fact and fortunately, had insisted on owning the code. I offered to take a look. The game was 4k lines of code that could've easily been 3k lines, but it doesn't matter when you're paying $1k. I don't know how much might have been in house boiler plate, but it would've been hard for an american to make for that amount. He did say there was a lot of back and forth to get the product he wanted, so that might make it worth hiring an american depending on how valuable your time is.

Also, you previously said something about there not being much room for Indie programmers. I've pursued indie game programming on and off for a while. Over that time, I've half heartedly followed this guy: http://www.greyaliengames.com/ .He's uninspired, churning out clones of his first game, but respected by a lot of people because he has "made it" as an indie. He has posted about his income and it's not horrible, but it's not great.

I've also read http://positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/ .He's much better, more creative, more detailed oriented, seemingly more interested in making games because he actually likes to make games. He also posted about his income for one year, and it was on into the 6 figures. I want to say 169k, but don't quote me.

There are others, but it is hard path and there's no reason to think it would be better than whatever other programming job you have.

jtollison78, both of those guys are doing it wrong. They are making PC-based games.

The big money for independent developers is in iOS apps.

HS, why not make an HBD themed game?

You could turn the model on it's head and punish people who make in-app purchases. "Poor financial management , you lost 100 points".

It could also make it post stuff like ranks to facebook. "NAM", "Prole", "SWPL" and "Elite".

Of course the only way to achieve the highest score is to uninstall the game.

It's hard for me to understand why you hate these games so much. It's just people trying to make money like any other business. I do agree with you that the games are stupid. That's why I don't spend money on them. However, I do spend money on plenty of other stupid things just like everybody else.

The kid angle seems like a better point but I think it's much more a sign of bad parenting than evil game companies when a kid ends up blowing hundreds or thousands of dollars on these things. There is no way in hell any kid of mine would ever have a password linked to a system that could use my credit card.

I think the problem with these games are the same problem as stuff like cigarettes , they are addictive but don't really add value to anything.

At least if there is a skill based game it will teach people to use their brain and be competitive whereas a game where you buy your way to the top teaches nothing other than rampant consumerism.

"And after that, it’s not long before the game incessantly tries to get you to buy more pearls to speed up your fish breeding, or “coins” so you can buy more fish tanks."

Is this wrong? Western civilization's greatest achievements all depended on reckless impulse buying.

"If you’re a parent, you want to make sure you don’t let your kids play with any game that has in-app purchases of currency."

Perhaps you could cook up a "value transference" iOS app that warns users if they are about to lose money to a marketing gimmick?

Speaking of value transference, the New York Times just stole another blog post from Sigma. This time they basically copied Sigma's post about how the Hispanic vote was still too make a major impact in the election, especially in states like Wisconsin and Ohio. It looks like the reason Romney lost was because of much higher black turnout and an unenthused Republican base.

Obviously the Times couldn't have figured this out on their own without Half Sigma because nothing confuses Pinch's privileged liberal arts major "journalists" more than basic arithmetic. Aside from science, facts, and basic logic.

Here you go:


For example, in Wisconsin, 3,056,613 votes were cast, of which 4 percent, or 122,264 votes, were cast by Hispanics according to exit polls. Mr. Obama’s margin of victory in Wisconsin was over 200,000 votes — even if all Hispanics had voted for Mr. Romney instead of voting for Mr. Obama by more than two to one, he would have won the state.

Not unexpectedly, the Hispanic vote was also not decisive in Iowa or New Hampshire where Mr. Obama could have carried the states even if he had won none of the Hispanic vote whatsoever.

In Ohio, where the president received an estimated 54 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to exit poll data, we find he could have won the state with as little as 22 percent of the Hispanic vote, and in Virginia, where he received 64 percent of the Hispanic vote, we find that he could have carried the state with just over 33 percent.

York: Hispanics favor Dems but didn't decide election


They're looking at key questions from the campaign, like how much of Barack Obama's victory was attributable to Hispanic support. They're also looking at the Hispanic electorate itself to see how big a role immigration, versus a wide range of other issues, played in voting decisions. The goal, of course, is to win a larger portion of the Hispanic vote, but first to take a clear-eyed look at what actually happened on Nov. 6.

And the lesson for Republicans is: Take your time. Calmly reassess your positions. Don't pander.

They're not just fish... they're fish with attitude.

So is one like a skateboarder and one is a surfer, and one has shades lol

The circle is complete! I remember, when I first joined Facebook in 2005, all you had was your own page. One of the more popular things to install on your page was a fish tank, and people would give you fish for your tank. There were many other such things, such that one's page could be quite long with all sorts of tacky graphics... eventually the Facebook people wised up and changed their format to hide all that crap. But now you can post Fish with Attitude pictures to your profile! Awesome! I feel like playing this game just for the nostalgia.

Facebook better be careful with their Myspacification of the site.

There are a few sites that offer free online games. Some of them are quite well-made and some (perhaps very few) of them do charge money to get premium content.

See the games at:



I don't know all the details about the makers of the games, but it seems to me that many of them are made by individuals or small groups during their free time.

Mobile apps are hot today. But hiring a programmer is too expensive. I used snappii.com to make apps. It's really easy, the web service allows to make mobile apps in minutes, and without programming skills at all. If you are short of time, they can make an app for you very quickly.

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