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How developers game: with XS Software the creator of Lady Popular Fashion Arena

This is our gaming interview with XS Software the creator of Lady Popular Fashion Arena covering how developers play their favorite games. So, let’s get started!

/// Thanks for taking the time to talk to us about Lady Popular Fashion Arena 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 am a Mac person. The biggest reason is simply MacOS – it’s much more user-friendly, polished and basically never crashes. Macs are just reliable, durable, they get frequent updates and have never failed me.

/// Can we have a list of your top 3 gaming peripherals when playing and making games on your PC or Mac.

Since I’m a Mac person, I don’t really game on it. I prefer gaming on a console. In the rare cases I do game on the Mac it’s always some strategy or tower defense game, like our game – Khanwars or one of the Kingdom Rush games. For these types of games the best peripherals are the Apple Magic Mouse and a nice pair of Sony WH1000XM3 headphones.

/// Is there anything weird or unique to the work you do about your setup that you would be willing to share with us?

I don’t like cables – I get everything wireless, if possible, and whatever is left I use cable straps and channels to hide them as best I can. I always keep a notebook and pen on my desk, as when you’re doing creative work you have to be able to visualize things immediately, just to lay out what’s in your head.

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

iOS. The reason for it used to be that it was just better. It used to have more apps on the App Store, it was way more reliable, nicer cameras, etc.

Nowadays phones are very capable and Android phones have caught up to the iPhones, in terms of usability, UI polish and overall performance over a long period of time. The reason I still stick to iOS is cool designs, attention to detail, build-quality and mostly just personal comfort.

/// Top 3 games on your phone other than Lady Popular Fashion Arena!

Archero, Candy Crush, 8 Ball Pool. Although I rarely delete games, I do often switch the “Top 3” 😁

/// 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?

This is a really hard question. It all depends on what kind of game you want to develop. Is it 3D, is it a card game, is it a hyper-casual game, there are so many different sets of equipment you need for each of these, I can’t really name them all.

To be honest, all you really need is a mid-tier laptop – the rest isn’t actually hardware – it’s all up to your imagination. 👍

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