My parents are worried about me. And I suppose I do give them reason to.

After all I did rather spontaneously move to Australia with no plans, very little money and don’t really know anyone. Oh and I also cannot get out of bed and do anything with my life, and burst into tears when I’m alone and no one is watching.

I’m not always like this. No, I had been responsible and the dependable on at work. I’m the one that pick up other people’s messes. …

I had a chat with some awesome Filipino game devs where we talked about what game development is like in a “third world country”, the challenges we face and how we overcome them.

Gwendelyn Foster @karabaos, CTO of Ritmo Learning Lab, joins me as she commutes home from work, showing us that it’s perfectly safe to walk home in Manila while talking on your phone and the streets are not dirty.

Niccolo Manahan @le_niccolo from Monstronauts, also hops on and tells us about their studio and their game Potion Punch.

We also talk about his boss, Allen Tan, who…

Based on Thomas Bidaux’s talk about crowdfunding at the latest PocketGamer Connects in London and our own insights, these are all the things we did wrong in our Indiegogo campaign for MuniReality.

MuniReality will be a website where people living with mental illness can freely share their stories without fear of judgement. In turn, these stories (which can be shared in the form of writings, pictures, music and videos) will be transformed into video games.

Our Indiegogo campaign for our project MuniReality recently ended.

Based on Thomas Bidaux’s talk about crowdfunding at the latest PocketGamer Connects in London and our…

How making a game about depression helped me with mine

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was making a game as part of my Masters by Practice. Making a game isn’t new to me. In fact, I have been making them for the past 8 years.

But making a game all on my own… And making a game that I want to make… That was new.

Making a game all on my own

I am a programmer by trade, and I learned about design and production in my Masters program. …

So I have a project on HitRecord:

Last month was Mental Health Awareness month. A lot of people who suffer from depression don’t talk about it or don’t seek help, because of different reasons.

I’m personally one of those people. I wake up every morning and put a smile on my face before I go out, even though most of the time I feel like…

A rain cloud above my head… A wave crashing into rocks… Or drowning… With no way of swimming back to the shore…

I want to be able to talk about it. I need to…

As part of the Masters degree that I am doing in Video Game Enterprises and Production is the option of doing a solo project under the remit of ‘game’ or ‘interactive entertainment’. It’s either that or do a work placement in a company or continue working on a PS4 project with the rest of the class.

And on the train back from London after attending BAFTA Guru Live, I realized that this is the best time for me to do my own game. It’ll be like being indie, but without all the financial obligations, since I’m still within the safety…

I passed by my classmate’s desk and saw that he had a ninja-shaped thumb drive, and I commented, “Oh, I used to work in the company that made that.”

In case you had no idea what I was talking about, this is the ninja-shaped thumb drive. Cute, right?

Another classmate commented, “Is there anywhere you haven’t worked, Michelle?”

That is a valid question. Even headhunters have commented that my CV isn’t so great.

Well, my response for people who don’t know me (after moving to the UK and realising that they have no clue about how old Asians look), start with, “How old do you think I am?”

Followed by, “I have 8 years experience as a programmer.” (And…

A continuation of my blog post almost a year ago, about attending Casual Connect Asia in Singapore and Rise Conference in Hong Kong.

Well, it’s been almost a year, and I moved to the UK. I switched from being an indie game developer with a day job to plain old poor student, who still can’t afford to attend conferences, especially when they are that pricey.

So what do I do instead? I volunteer. Volunteers get to attend the event for free in exchange for a few hours or days of work. Work varies, anything from what we fondly called lanyarding…

Hsiao Wei (Michelle) Chen

makes games

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