Category Archives: Scotland
Tue, Feb 24, 2009 | 15:03 GMT
Newly-formed Ruffian Games – working on the as yet unannounced “Crackdown 1.5″ – has added Steve Iannetta and Ed Campbell as lead designer and senior designer respectively.
Iannetta previously worked at VIS, Red Lemon Studios, Realtime Worlds and Midway Newcastle. Campbell’s CV includes titles such as NARC, State of Emergency 2 and Crackdown.
“Given the abundance of talent, the chance to work with old friends on a ground breaking project and to be back in my beloved home town of Dundee, being a part of the Ruffian team is easily the most exciting opportunity I have ever been presented with,” said Iannetta.
Campbell added: “I’m delighted to be joining the excellent team at Ruffian. There’s a lot of talented, experienced guys here and that, coupled with a real knowledge and love of games, is what makes this an exciting team to be a part of.”
More on GI.
Tue, Feb 10, 2009 | 07:54 GMT
Ruffian’s Billy Thomson has reiterated to Edge that the newly-formed Dundee developer’s focus is online gaming, despite the fact single-play will play an important part in its projects.
“It’s not like we’re going to avoid making singleplayer games, we still see a massive market in them,” he said.
“But, moving forward, many games are pushing things like co-operative play. If you look at the consoles that are out there now, everybody’s encouraging everyone to stay online, particularly through your friends list on the 360, and now with the PS3’s Home.
“We definitely want to keep making solo games – we want to make great solo games – but we see the life of games online. Because when you finish your solo experience, if you want to get anything else out of the £45 or $60 you’ve spent, it’s going to be through online play.”
This piece was supposed to be published two weeks ago, as we alluded to in this article. Billy and the boys are working on a new Crackdown game, although it’s yet to be announced.
Tue, Feb 03, 2009 | 11:00 GMT
Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2009 will take place on August 10-16, the event’s announced this morning.
The Festival will also continue partnership with Abertay University and its Protoplay event which showcases talent as part of its Dare to be Digital programme.
The Screening Sessions will form the “most popular” part of the event again this year, “with several key games already secured,” according to the press release.
Full thing after the break.
Thu, Jan 29, 2009 | 14:30 GMT
It’s not going away, and it sounds as though you’re about to hear an awful lot more about it. Newly formed Scottish developer Ruffian is most certainly working on a new Crackdown game, says “rumour” today, and apparently it’s scheduled for the end of 2009 or early 2010.
The project’s being called “Crackdown 1.5″ in the UK trade, and it’s set in the same city as the original Realtime Worlds 360 classic. Multiplayer’s going to play a massive part in the game, aparently, moreso than the new single-player stuff.
Just a hunch: you might hear more about this… tomorrow. Life on the edge, and all that.
Realtime Worlds put out a statement at the end of December saying the firm was in ongoing negotiations with Microsoft about continuing the franchise as a reaction to rumour that Ruffian had picked up a second game.
Ruffian – the Dundee-based developer comprised largely of ex-Crackdown staffers – was confirmed as open in late January.
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 | 06:38 GMT
Gamasutra’s reporting that a Dundee-based developer called Ruffian Games has been founded by key Crackdown-related employees, including lead designer Billy Thomson.
There’s a Flickr set here of three Ruffian staff looking at office space. In case you’re bored, like.
Obviously… Crackdown 2! Or not. More through there.
Mon, Apr 14, 2008 | 11:43 BST
MCV writes that a new subject, ‘Games Development’, will added to compulsory school lesson content in Scotland.
As part of its new national curriculum, dubbed “The Curriculum of Excellence”, Scottish schoolchildren will learn the basics of videogame design.
Maureen Watt, Minister for Schools and Skills, said: “There is huge confidence that Scotland will continue to play an important part in the future of video games and interactive entertainment and we are focusing on establishing firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, specialised study and careers.
“The pace of change in the world means that we should be equipping young people with the skills to embrace and use all the tools of modern life.”
Oh, to be a kid again.
By Mike Bowden