Author Archives: Bill Lahti

About Bill Lahti

Bill Lahti is a software engineer building mobile applications and knowledge management solutions. Two of his interests are writing for this blog and building Android apps, with strategy games being an area of particular interest.

Article About Why You Should Play Games

I found an interesting article on the NPR website: Why You Should Play Video Games.

Horizon: Zero Dawn sounds like the kind of game a friend of mine was talking about making: exploring, seeing interesting things, solving puzzles, fighting battles, and with enough story to tie it all together. Continue reading

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Top 40 Android Developer Blogs

Feedspot, a useful website if you are trying to keep up with news and content on multiple web sites, just recently came out with its list of the Top 40 Android Developer Blogs. I am pleased to see that this website, blahti.wordpress.com, has been included in the top 40.

I started this blog back in 2010 so I’d have a place where I could write about what I was learning about Android. It’s been a lot of fun and the end result is a long list of tutorials and articles. See the Android Tutorials and the Android Tutorials By Topic pages for links to those pages.

And be sure to check out the other developer blogs on the Top 40. Continue reading

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Interesting Gacha

Interesting note on Gamasutra about “gacha” Continue reading

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Game Design Information from Amy Jo Kim

I found what looks like a good source for game information. It’s from Amy Jo Kim. See https://www.getrevue.co/profile/amyjokim.

There are many good talks by Amy Jo Kim on Youtube. A few of my favorites follow. There are quite a few references to gamification, but what I really have enjoyed is learning about building compelling experiences and community. Continue reading

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New Trailer Video for Double Star Game

I have a new trailer video for my Double Star game. Double Star is a turn-based, single player, space war game. Take a look: https://youtu.be/GPWCa_thzBc Continue reading

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Winners from Google Play Indie Games Festival

Game designers, you might get some ideas for games and techniques here: Google Play Indie Games Festival.

It’s interesting that most things you think about turn into games. Not two months ago, I was thinking about orbits and gravity after reading a sci-fi book. The book was Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson. One of the apps winners was a puzzle game about orbits. Continue reading

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New Indie Corner on Google Play

A new version of the Indie Corner is coming out on Google Play. This section of the Play store features games from small, independent developers. The latest batch of games looks like it has some good ones in it.

I’d like to call your attention to Rocket Rascal, a new game from The Animal Farm Creations. It’s a fun game with a unique look and feel. Take a look here: Rocket Rascal on Google Play. Continue reading

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