How developers game: with Lazy Boy Developments the creator of Basketball Superstar

Welcome to our series on “How developers game”. Today we’re talking with Lazy Boy Developments the creator of Basketball Superstar – sharing a little about how developers both play and make their favorite games!

Before we start we would like to thank the Lazy Boy Developments Team for participating in our interview and for answering all our questions! Thanks!

/// Thanks for taking the time to talk to us about Basketball Superstar and your gaming setup. First things first, are you a PC person or a Mac person? And more importantly, why do you prefer using what you do?

I’m a PC guy! I enjoy the idea of buying different components and sticking em all together. I do all my gaming on my PC but develop on a MacBook and I’ve really come to love that too. So, I’d say I enjoy both but I prefer the open system culture of the PC market.
/// Can we have a list of your top 3 gaming peripherals when playing and making games on your PC or Mac.

I really don’t have any unique peripherals to be honest. If you don’t mind I’m going to mention 3 software/web utils (and they’re free) that some developers may benefit from.

  • GIMP – a free open source Adobe replacement. Some improved vector file support would be great but it’s a wonderful free graphics app.
  • Audacity – great for editing, compressing or re-formatting your mp3/wav files!
  • FreePik & FlatIcons – just a great free site for some graphics especially if you’re useless when it comes to art…. just like me! 😂
/// Is there anything weird or unique to the work you do about your setup that you would be willing to share with us? For example, I always have a pair of headphones handy so that I can focus!

The headphone thing is true, that’s very common I think and something I do. Another is I work using a laptop so I change my scenery often, especially when I hit a problem I usually get up and move to a different area. It seems to help me look at things from a different perspective.

Edamame Reviews: Moving is an interesting idea, I think I’ll try it… 👍

/// Moving on to your smartphone, iOS or Android? And why?

I’ve always been iOS ever since the iPhone 4 and this is the reason my games are iOS only at the moment. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the iPhone ‘notch’ so I’m tempted by some of the Android devices now… or maybe I’ll wait for the iPhone 12. We shall see.

/// Top 3 games on your phone other than Basketball Superstar!
  • Star wars galaxy of heroes – I was addicted to this for years but I’ve recently quit since you have to spend $1000’s to stay competitive.
  • Original plant vs Zombies – Vase breaker… I love it!
  • Tower Madness/The Creeps – Tower defense done right!
/// Last questions, for all the newbie developers out there, what do you actually need to buy in terms of hardware in order to start making games? What is your advice?

Mobile devices are so expensive now that it almost dictates your direction. If you’re an Apple guy, grab a MacBook and an Apple developer license and you’re good to go. Android guy? Get a PC and Java. I feel the PC route is arguably more accessible now.

Regarding advice… let’s be honest, the mobile market is saturated. There are so many games, so if you can identify something unique then it’s a great start. Look for gaps in the market or take an idea that’s already been done but look at it from a different perspective.

Edamame Reviews: Thank you for the advice!

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