Fantastic news for all Ensemble fans. Our expert audio interviewer Kenny Newell has managed to bag an absolutely superb interview with Tony Goodman, founder of Ensemble Studios. Tony was kind enough to invite Kenny into his house to talk about Ensemble and his newest venture, PeopleFun over dinner. The hour long interview takes fans right through Tony’s video gaming career starting right at the beginning when Tony first formed Ensemble Studios with close friends and colleagues from Ensemble Corp. This interview is an absolute must listen for all Ensemble fans where for perhaps indeed the first time you can listen to Tony first hand explain how the Ensemble journey began and his motivations. There is great insight into life at Ensemble and how the Age games came together. The Ensemble Studios acquisition by Microsoft is also discussed at length. Read more
Popular mint maker, Mentos has recently procured the services of Graeme Devine to help them launch a new iOS game to go along with a new marketing campaign for the Mentos brand. The company certainly know how pick their game designers enlisting the help of Ex-Ensembler and now founder of GRL Games, Graeme Devine to design the game “Spider Swiper” for iOS. Read more
Word Chat is the latest iOS game to be announced from Graeme Devine’s GRL Games. The goal of the game is to try and guess as many words as possible, perfferebly longer words before the timer counts down. Think of it as a much faster paced “Words with Friends”. The game supports video chat whilst you are playing promoting face to face chat with your friends, encouraging the social element to the game. A trailer for the game has been released as below and the game is set to launch on 1st September. Another game for your iPhones and iPads folks! Read more
Graeme Devine, the man behind GRL games who has recently released Clandestiny for Mac OS and Full Deck Solitaire has announced that GRL have four other game ideas in the pipeline. First up are two new ideas for the Full Deck series. We have Full Deck Poker and Full Deck Domino’s on the way for Mac OS X. These games will no doubt continue the winning formula of Full Deck Solitaire.
The other projects Graeme is working on at GRL include “Super Unicorn” and “G7″ Read more
Have you been wondering why Graeme Devine the man behind games like Quake, Doom 3 and Halo Wars went on to make a card game as his second game under his recently launched GRL games venture? Full Deck Solitaire recently became the best selling card based game on the Mac App Store and can now be purchased for free instead of the original $0.99 launch price. Graeme notes on his new blog: Read more
Graeme Devine has recently given a presentation to the Baskin Engineering School in Santa Cruz, where he now resides talking about the past and present state of the gaming industry. Graeme describes the previous generation of the gaming industry as “dead” and that the industry is moving forward into new business models. Stepping away from the “four year dev cycles, massive teams and publisher budgets” and moving towards smaller teams, indie development and “creation games”. Graeme kicked off his presentation with a mention to his time at Ensemble Studios working on Halo Wars. Ensemble had a 120 strong team working on the Halo Wars project (although there were other projects in development along side). Graeme made note that 120 is alot of people to work on a game and questions whether such a team size is sustainable. Read more
Graeme Devine’s GRL Games has announced that its second game following Clandestiny has been published to the Mac Store. Full Deck Solitaire is just like your traditional Solitaire, but with a whole lot more – 22 different variations of Solitaire infact! This will be a perfect game for anyone who loves Solitaire on the Mac OS X platform. The game also sports a friendly UI and moving video backgrounds. Below is a screenshot and link to the App Store where the game can be downloaded for just $0.99. Read more
Graeme Devine has revealed on Twitter that his first game under his new venture GRL Games will be going on sale tomorrow in the Mac App Store. Clandestiny is a puzzle game in the third person with a classic cartoon artstyle. Be on the look out for the game tomorrow, if you have a Mac be sure to try it out!
Graeme Devine’s newest venture, GRL Games is off to a flying start quickly announcing its first title after revealing its formation a few weeks ago. Kotaku has reported that GRL Games is working on a port of the classic 1996 game “Clandestiny” which was developed by Trilobyte a studio founded by Graeme Devine many years ago! Clandestiny is a puzzle game in the third person with a classic cartoon artstyle. You can get a feel on the port by checking out the below video. Read more
Ensemblite spotters all over the world may remember that after Ensemble Studios closed, passionate game developer Graeme Devine who was part Lead Designer / Lead Writer on Halo Wars went on to work on a mystery project at Apple. Details about Graeme’s work at Apple has been scarce and it still very much remains a mystery. Read more