GDC Vault Highlight: Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

Part fiveĀ in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them whenever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis: Experimenting with Bears vs. Art

GDC Vault Bears Vs Art

Luke Musecat from Halfbrick studios tells the story on how they used analytics in Bears vs. Art to make the game better. Continue reading GDC Vault Highlight: Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

App Annie now supports Windows Store and Windows Phone

App AnnieIn you haven’t heard the news yet, the popular app store analytics website “App Annie” now supports Windows Phone and Windows stores.

The feature is currently in beta, and past data is still being collected. Right now it has the top 500 apps since December 24, 2013, but more will come over the next few weeks.

I’ve added a link to App Annie on my resources page, another website I had forgotten to add before.

This is a very useful tool for developers to track which apps are popular, for how long, in which countries. I am very interested in seeing some hard data comparing the differences between top apps in the Windows markets.

There has been lots of analysis of apps between iOS and Android, but I haven’t seen as much hard data for the characteristics of successful Windows Apps, and how they may be different from the characteristics of successful iOS/Android apps.