This article on Microsoft.com mentions Spicy Horse as a studio “leading the way” in Episodic Games. Cool! Read it here.
More Western developer movement in Shanghai today: Sherman Oaks, CA-based Trilogy Studios, a developer of virtual worlds, casual MMOs and console games, today announced a partnership with Shanghai-based UltiZen Games in an effort to further expand its online development capabilities. UltiZen is both a developer and development outsourcer for North American, European and Asian companies. — Welcome to the neighborhood guys!
Brian Ashcroft from Kotaku has presented a really great interview with me and a few others from Spicy Horse. It details the history of my move to China, the formation of Spicy Horse, and our vision of the future of games in China. From the article,
It was 2007, and China was buzzing â€” with optimism and energy. “Chinese contemporary society is like a whirlwind,” says McGeeâ€™s business partner and art director, Ken Wong. “It seems to have changed in 10 years as much as America has in the past 40.” McGee and Wong, started boutique studio dubbed â€œSpicy Horseâ€ or â€œMa La Maâ€ in Chinese. Initially, they worked out of their homes on an island off the Hong Kong coast. “We moved into some really low-rent warehouse space in Shanghai upon our initial landing in the mainland,” says McGee. “From there we moved a few more times, ever growing the company, taking on more people, and evolving the culture.”
Be sure to check out the full article.
Many thanks to Brian for crafting such a cool article. And thanks to Kotaku readers for supporting interesting interviews like this 🙂
This week saw the announcement of a cool new video game company in Shanghai. One that happens to be run by my good friend and part-time mentor/psychologist Jung Suh. From the announcement: “Red Rocket Games has been officially cleared for takeoff. The company was founded in late 2005 by Jung Suh and Scott Yu and today Red Rocket is finally ready to announce its launch. The developer is headquartered in Shanghai and has offices in Bellevue, WA. Red Rocket will focus on smaller casual type games for the PC, handhelds, and iPhone.” You can read the full release here.
I had to mention this, simply because the buildings here are getting so TALL. Shanghai to build ANOTHER mega-skyscraper: “Three months after opening the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Shanghai is about to start construction of an even taller building – in the face of an economic slowdown and falling property prices.” Follow the link to check out the picture and see what I mean.
Just read a compelling list of reasons why bike riding is so good for you, your neighbors, and the world. Not that I needed convincing: I ride my bike to and from work everyday. Thankfully, Shanghai is well suited to biking, as is indicated by the millions of people who bike throughout the city city every day. If YOU need more reasons why you might bike, then check out the article.